Three John Silence Stories

Cover image for

Download


Language: English
Wordcount: 67,633 / 197 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.3
LoC Category: PR
Series: John Silence
Downloads: 3,108
Added to site: 2006.01.31
mnybks.net#: 12632
Origin: gutenberg.org

A Psychical Invasion
Ancient Sorceries
The Nemesis of Fire

Show Excerpt

e only person he would consent to see at all--the only doctor, I mean. But, of course, he doesn't know how frightened I am, or how much I have noticed. He pretends with me that it's just a nervous breakdown, and I'm sure he doesn't realise all the odd things I've noticed him doing. But the main thing, I suppose--"

"Yes, the main thing, Mrs. Pender," he said, encouragingly, noticing her hesitation.

"--is that he thinks we are not alone in the house. That's the chief thing."

"Tell me more facts--just facts."

"It began last summer when I came back from Ireland; he had been here alone for six weeks, and I thought him looking tired and queer--ragged and scattered about the face, if you know what I mean, and his manner worn out. He said he had been writing hard, but his inspiration had somehow failed him, and he was dissatisfied with his work. His sense of humour was leaving him, or changing into something else, he said. There was something in the house, he declared, that"--she emphasise

Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
2008.04.07
C. Aan Loewen
****.

I have not read a lot of Blackwood though I agree with H. P. Lovecraft that his story The Willows is a masterpiece of horror. Now, having read three of his six John Silence sories, I am eager to make a full introduction to this man's works.

Dr. John Silence is best described as a doctor of the psychic world, a Sherlock Holmes of hauntings and psychic phenomenon and these stories are an interesting introduction to him (the rest of the Silence adventures are continued in Three More John Silence Stories also available through ManyBooks).

In A Psychical Invasion, the reader is introduced to the techniques of the good doctor with a story that is the least rewarding of the three. However, it serves as a good foundation for the remainder of the stories.

It is in Ancient Stories that Blackwood really shines and as he tells the adventures of the narrator trapped in an eerie French provincial town, he presents a story with such a strong atmosphere of awe the reader cannot help but be strangely moved just by the prose.

The Nemesis of Fire broadens the worldview of Doctor Silence and as Arthur Machen, Blackwood's contemporary, wrote his fantasies in a mystical Christian worldview, Blackwood's writings are solidly based in a universe that is roughly Theosophist, but universal enough to include occult adventures from Egypt.


SUBSCRIBE TO MANYBOOKS 

FREE EBOOKS 

Join 120,000+ fellow readers! Get Free eBooks and book bargains from ManyBooks in your inbox. 

We respect your email privacy

(Promote your book here)

Featured Books

Cover image for Three John Silence Stories by Algernon Blackwood - Free eBook

Helga: Out of Hedgelands

Wood Cow Chronicles Book 1
Rick Johnson

VOLUME ONE in the WOOD COW CHRONICLES series. <... Read more

Cover image for Three John Silence Stories by Algernon Blackwood - Free eBook

The Titan Drowns: Time Travel Romance

New Atlantis Time Travel Romance Book 6
Nhys Glover

2013 SFR GALAXY AWARD WINNER

"Heroism and... Read more

Cover image for Three John Silence Stories by Algernon Blackwood - Free eBook

Valkyrie's Vengeance

Loki's Wolves Book 0
Melissa Snark

Fans of paranormal and urban fantasy will enjoy... Read more

Cover image for Three John Silence Stories by Algernon Blackwood - Free eBook

Chausiku

Nightmare of the Clans Book One
Pamela E. Cash

There are six secret clans across the world–Afr... Read more

Cover image for Three John Silence Stories by Algernon Blackwood - Free eBook

Mademoiselle At Arms

A Georgian Romance
Elizabeth Bailey

Set in the late Georgian era, Elizabeth Bailey’... Read more

Cover image for Three John Silence Stories by Algernon Blackwood - Free eBook

The Tales of Tim Hurtletuta - New Beginnings

Tales of Tim Hurtletuta Series, Book 1
Matthew James Wilkins

"Tim Hurtletuta has forgotten something. He can... Read more

Cover image for Three John Silence Stories by Algernon Blackwood - Free eBook

After the Cure

Deirdre Gould

Eight years ago the December Plague swept throu... Read more

Cover image for Three John Silence Stories by Algernon Blackwood - Free eBook

The Unveiling

Book One (Age of Faith 1)
Tamara Leigh

12th century England: Two men vie for the thron... Read more

Cover image for Three John Silence Stories by Algernon Blackwood - Free eBook

Healing Her Heart

Crystal Lake Series Book 1
Laura Scott

Dr. Gabe Allen has a rule about dating colleagues... Read more

Cover image for Three John Silence Stories by Algernon Blackwood - Free eBook

Never A Choice

The Choices Trilogy #1
Dee Palmer

Bethany Thorne has secrets and she’s told a few... Read more

(advanced)
login | register

User ID

Password

reset password

Help ManyBooks by sharing this page!

See it as donating a moment of your social media time, every little thing helps us improve and stay online.

Popular in This Genre

The list of books below is based on the weekly downloads by our users regardless of eReader device or file format.

Clarimonde
by Théophile Gautier
The Best Ghost Stories
by Various Authors
The Call of Cthulhu
by H. P. Lovecraft
Dracula
by Bram Stoker
At the Mountains of Madness
by H.P. Lovecraft
The Invisible Man
by H.G. Wells
Grimms' Fairy Tales
by The Grimm Brothers
Surviving The Evacuation
by Frank Tayell
The House on the Borderland
by William Hope Hodgson
Collected Works of Poe
by Edgar Allan Poe

See more popular titles from this genre.