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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: FQ Books (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YJFDV0
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,201,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Algernon Henry Blackwood, CBE (14 March 1869 – 10 December 1951) was an English short story writer and novelist, one of the most prolific writers of ghost stories in the history of the genre. He was also a journalist and a broadcasting narrator. S. T. Joshi has stated that "his work is more consistently meritorious than any weird writer's except Dunsany's" and that his short story collection Incredible Adventures (1914) "may be the premier weird collection of this or any other century". --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Beth Kristen Nehme on October 6, 2009
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Blackwood explores the concept that the afterlife for each person is what they believe it will be. This book deals with the rising horror faced by the widow of a fanatically religious man who has twisted the christian religion to psychologically abuse and enslave his wife. Although the man has died, his belief structure lingers.

The book is not an attack on God, but it is an open attack on the ways in which religion and the concept of God is often twisted by individuals to achieve power. If you think of the Spanish Inquisition, the Salem Witch Trials, the Nazis, Jim Jones, Charles Manson and the other modern cults, and the September 11th bombings you realize that this is a struggle happening all over the world every day.

As you read of this one women's struggle and think that it is just one of many homes in which the struggle is ongoing, one cannot help but feel the chills.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Oculus Draconis on June 9, 2011
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While the writing and suspense of this book are superb, the story ultimately comes to a lackluster ending. Unless mystery/suspense novels without conclusions appeal to you, I would not recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tegeus-Cromis on April 25, 2011
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This is a good story and well worth reading. Blackwood's prose is enjoyable, the story itself is slow at times, but it builds to a growing sense of horror, only to fall at the end to an anti-climax. The funny thing is that the readers are warned again and again in the story to expect such an ending. You might think of this as softcore Lovecraft.

I mention such a spoiler in the review because I feel that forwarned a reader should enjoy the story much more for what it is than what it might have been.
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The Damned is a short, easy read. One has to keep that in mind when progressing through the story. The prose flows smoothly and is relatively simple. Blackwood's haunted house is an interesting alternative to the traditional standard. The short length of the story does not allow the depth of development of the characters and setting that would have made this story outstanding. The insights from the main character are interesting but the other characters are rather shallow. The setting is the same as every other haunted house but could have been more. Because it is such a short story, such an easy read and is a different twist on "ghosts" I still recommend it to ghost/haunted house fans.
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