Shelves: weird-strange-horror-ghosts-gothic "Up and down that narrow hall they danced, the women on each side of him, to the wildest measure he had ever imagined, yet which he dimly, dreadfully remembered, till the lamp on the wall flickered and went out, and they were left in total darkness. And the devil woke in his heart with a thousand vile suggestions and made him afraid. John Silence does not participate much he is for the better part of story indeed silent but he "Up and down that narrow hall they danced, the women on each side of him, to the wildest measure he had ever imagined, yet which he dimly, dreadfully remembered, till the lamp on the wall flickered and went out, and they were left in total darkness. Really-really liked it, despite the stuffy Doctor and his stuffier morality trying to rob the story of its loving beauty. Ancient Sorceries is no different.
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Shelves: fantasy , short-stories The titular story is very odd. In a frame narrative, a rather timid middle-aged bachelor relates to John Silence "the psychic doctor" presumably a recurring character, as he is not developed at all here and his presence adds nothing to the story how he once spontaneously got off an unpleasantly crowded train in a small French village. As he gets his bag he half-understands something a French passenger tells him about the town, "because of sleep and because of the cats".
The town does have an The titular story is very odd. The town does have an oddly soporific air and he finds himself staying day after day. He feels the inhabitants are watching him, but not in a threatening way This story has a unique and fascinating feel to. I wish Blackwood could have figured out where to go with it instead of copping out with view spoiler [seductive girl, witch Sabbath, Satan hide spoiler ].
Or I am losing my mind, kind of like the characters But more general forestation rather than a specific clump of evil trees. And more ambivalence, especially with the wife and her religious views. But seriously, Algie, you used on one page danger ous six times and dread three times, and nothing was even going on. Please edit. He loses all hope and joy in life and withers away into death while those who care for him can do nothing. People, try not to develop an OCD fixation on a disliked coworker and start imagining that they hate you and are persecuting you throughout every reincarnation of your soul.
The author has even done this trope better himself. There are nice descriptions of travel and wanderlust in "Sand". It did have one of the more humorous passages in the collection: None of the devices were too obviously used, but at length Henriot picked up so many forgotten articles, and heard so many significant phrases casually let fall, that he began to feel like the villain in a machine-made play, where the hero forever drops clues his enemy is intended to discover.
Introduction followed inevitably. Also, now I have a strange urge to try "Do you happen to have a compass I can borrow?
Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories