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Blackwood, Algernon: John Silence: The Psychic Doctor. v1. 01 Jan 2022

John Silence is a psychic doctor, and an investigator of psychical phenomena (“detective,” if you will). This volume contains all of the John Silence stories, and is highly recommended to anyone with a taste for the weird and macabre.

Brief summaries of the stories:
Spoiler:
“A Psychical Invasion”
Silence is summoned to a house apparently haunted by former tenants…

“Ancient Sorceries”
He encounters a man who tells of strange experiences in a small French town, where the locals act in a strangely feline manner…

“Secret Worship”
An innocent youth is trapped in the ruins of an ancient monastery by the spirits of a debased cult of devil worshipers…

“The Nemesis of Fire”
Silence investigates the random appearance of smoke and spontaneous fires in and around an English manor house…

“The Camp of the Dog”
A party of campers on a deserted Baltic island is terrorized by a huge wolf… or is it?

“A Victim of Higher Space”
The Doctor meets with a patient whose grip on reality has loosened, and threatens to hurtle the man into unseen realms of time and space…

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One of the foremost British writers of supernatural tales in the twentieth century, Algernon Blackwood (1869–1951) wrote stories in which the slow accumulation of telling details produced a foreboding atmosphere of almost unendurable tension. Though he wrote a number of horror stories, his most typical work seeks less to frighten than to induce a sense of awe. The literary critic S. T. Joshi stated, “His work is more consistently meritorious than any weird writer’s except Dunsany’s.”

Blackwood’s literary renown began in 1908 with the publication of a highly successful collection of stories, John Silence — Physician Extraordinary, featuring a “psychic doctor.” His two best known stories are probably “The Willows” and “The Wendigo”.

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Contents of this collection, by Algernon Blackwood (1869–1951), were first published 1908 ~ 1914. This ebook is in the public domain where copyright is “Life+70” or less, and in the USA.
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