Algernon Blackwood (b. March 14): “No man can describe to another the magic of the woman who ensnares him.”

14 Mar

Algernon Blackwood, London, 1951; photograph by Norman Parkinson

Algernon Blackwood, born 14 March 1869, died 10 December 1951, was an English short story writer and novelist. He was one of the most prolific writers of ghost stories in the history of the genre. His two best known stories are The Willows and The Wendigo.

Quotes on writing:

  1. Invention has ever imagination and poetry at its heart.
  2. Certain houses, like certain persons, manage somehow to proclaim at once their character for evil.
  3. No man can describe to another convincingly wherein lies the magic of the woman who ensnares him.
  4. But the wicked passions of men’s hearts alone seem strong enough to leave pictures that persist; the good are ever too lukewarm.
  5. And if thought and emotion can persist in this way so long after the brain that sent them forth has crumpled into dust, how vitally important it must be to control their very birth in the heart, and guard them with the keenest possible restraint.

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