By Algernon Blackwood

"Of the standard of Mr Blackwood's genius there will be no dispute; for not anyone has ever approached the ability, seriousness, and minute constancy whith which he documents the overtones of strangeness in traditional issues and experiences."—H.P. Lovecraft

By turns weird and wonderful, unsettling, spooky, and stylish, old Sorceries and different bizarre tales showcases 9 incomparable tales from grasp magican Algernon Blackwood. Evoking the uncanny non secular forces of Nature, Blackwood's writings all tread the nebulous borderland among myth, awe, ask yourself, and horror. right here Blackwood screens his top and most annoying work-including "The Willows," which Lovecraft singled out as "the unmarried most interesting bizarre story in literature"; "The Wendigo"; "The madness of Jones"; and "Sand."

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Early primitive man admired the strength and cunning of animals and sometimes dressed in their skins to assimilate the animal’s powers into himself. That was their belief, and the belief of their enemies, too. In one example, this might result in a warrior painted as a Mayan tiger, or jaguar, engaged in battle with a sly, masked monkey. We have ample testimony for the blending of animal features with human characteristics in the pantheons of Egyptian gods, 47 48 Hans Holzer’s The Supernatural even Greek heroes (or demigods), and the belief, not yet so dead, of werewolves and vampires (both of which will be seen to in Chapter 10).

It is patently not supernatural but perfectly natural, and there are ways to develop, enhance, and control it at will. ” But it is not as simple as that. People can have shrewd guesses, informed opinions, be experts in a field, and, by the law of average, might just stumble upon the right answer. However, when the knowledge is specific and detailed, and the person has not had access to that information, psychic ability is most likely the source. Every one of us is potentially psychic, just as every person normally endowed can see, hear, taste, feel, and smell.

To paraphrase Einstein, who stated that on “the subatomic level time and space are interchangeable,” on the spiritual level, all beings are equal. (The line between human beings and the animal world also disappears in the East Indian belief in transmigration—the reincarnation of a human soul into an animal and vice versa. The belief is based on the need for man to rise from the lower forms to the top, if humankind can be referred to as so exalted. ) The Psychic Nature of Animals 51 But now what are we to make of such anomalies as Jeff, the talking mongoose, a celebrated English case of the paranormal, or the talking horse who can add and multiply?

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