Monthly Archives: October 2018

The Willows, a Chilling Tale for Halloween

The Willows   by Algernon Blackwood (1907)

Tuesday’s Tale of Terror  October 16, 2018

 

What better story for the Halloween season than a haunted forest?  A haunted river, perhaps? In Algernon Blackwood’s The Willows there is a prevailing secret in nature. Even the landscape here is haunted. In this story, our narrator takes on a canoe trip down the Danube River. Two men come upon a location of fierce desolation and loneliness and yet everything is alive here. Even the Danube is personified—and full of tricks.  Once set up with tent and fire, the two friends settle in, until the first thing they see is something odd floating on the Danube.

“Good heavens, it’s a man’s body!” he cried excitedly. “Look!”

A black thing, turning over and over in the foaming waves, swept rapidly past. It kept disappearing and coming up to the surface again. It was about twenty feet from the shore, and just as it was opposite to where we stood it lurched round and looked straight at us. We saw its eyes reflecting the sunset, and gleaming an odd yellow as the body turned over.  Then it gave a swift, gulping plunge, and dived out of sight in a flash.

 

This mystery lends its own power about nature, humanity, and good old-fashion fear. I challenge the readers here not to feel a high amount of dread in the reading. This is so evocative, so sinister—an excellent mix of terror. Classic ‘quiet horror’ for Halloween reading time!

 

 

Algernon Blackwood had a persistent interest in the supernatural and spiritualism. He is famous for his occult tales and a master at chilling you to the bone. He firmly believed that humans possess latent psychic powers. His writing soars with an acute sense of place. All his fiction is charged with hidden powers. He published over 200 short stories and dozens of novels.

“All my life,” he said, “I have been strangely, vividly conscious of another region–not far removed from our own world in one sense, yet wholly different in kind–where great things go on unceasingly, where immense and terrible personalities hurry by, intent on vast purposes compared to which earthly affairs, the rise and fall of nations, the destinies of empires, the fate of armies and continents, are all as dust in the balance”  Blackwood. The Willows

 

 

Read the short story at Algernonblackwood.org

http://algernonblackwood.org/Z-files/Willows.pdf

 

 

Listen to the audio on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QN_bbDrW7_M

 

 

 

More Blackwood short stories here at Reading Fiction Blog in the above INDEX.

Don’t forget to view the INDEX above of more free reading at Reading Fiction Blog. This is a compendium of over 200 short stories by more than 100 famous storytellers of mystery, suspense, supernatural, ghost stories, ‘quiet horror,’ crime, sci-fi, and mainstream fiction.

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Other Reading Web Sites to Visit

Kirkus Mystery & Thrillers Reviews

Books & Such    Bibliophilica   NewYorkerFictionOnline

 Lovecraft Ezine   Parlor of Horror

HorrorNews.net   Fangoria.com   

Slattery’s Art of Horror Magazine   Chuck Windig’s Terrible Minds

HorrorAddicts.net     Horror Novel Reviews    HorrorSociety.com     

Monster Librarian      HorrorTalk.com 

 Rob Around Books      The Story Reading Ape Blog

For Authors/Writers:  The Writer Unboxed

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Thursday Book Review: The Book of Angels

OCTOBER THURSDAY’S BOOK REVIEW

October 11, 2018

I’m adding a new series of posts to Reading Fiction Blog: THURSDAY BOOK REVIEWS.  Many of my blog followers here know I write book reviews on Amazon (170 reviews with 308 helpful votes) and Goodreads. This autumn I decided to start posting my reviews here on this blog once a month. Besides reading and writing fiction, I do a lot of nonfiction reading too.  Hope you like this addition! This week I reviewed The Book of Angels, The Hidden Secrets by Kaya Christiane Muller. If you read my novel Night Sea Journey, you know this supernatural mystery focuses on angels. And my short story Abasteron House too. So, of course, this nonfiction—and self-help book—drew my attention. I was completely absorbed.

“The Book of Angels, Hidden Secrets”
by Kaya Christiane Muller

BOOK REVIEW, OCTOBER 2018

We all know that truth can be elusive. Are angels truly real? Do they hear our prayers? Do they bring us messages we need? 77% of Americans believe in angels. Author Muller’s book is a comprehensive presentation about the tradition of angels, and the angels within us as part of our Divine nature. Muller makes no fairy tale here. She cites real life experiences and events.

We can discover our angels within ourselves as “States of Consciousness.” Historical origins are profound and explained, but more than that, Muller names 72 angels as Facets of the Creator. And each angel has a specific energy vibration that resides in every human being within this Field of Consciousness. Muller suggests that in order to work with your angels, you need to work within your own veil of unconsciousness. I found this approach to be amazing and mysterious. Invoking an angel as we inhale and exhale, invoking our questions, thoughts, intentions to an angel and ourselves. The Law of Resonance with these angles is powerful in attracting what we truly need to enhance our knowledge, love, freedom, and peace. The reader here can explore specific qualities of certain angels. For example, Angel Melahel has qualities of inner cleansing of emotions and can nourish the human spirit with love and hope.

“Angel Melahel confers a lot of calm upon us.” If a person tends to be fearful or struggling with emotional anxiety, this angel functions like a private therapist to soothe and stimulate stability.

 

There are 3 angels to help heal cancer: Omael, Habuhiah, Jabamiah. Do you wonder if you have a Guardian Angel? Muller says every person has 3 at birth: one for our physical body, one for our emotions, and one for our intellect. A beautifully written book, the story here is full of meditative thoughts, philosophy, and spirituality.  Angels are conscious entities who love us and will goodness for us all. I’ve read other books on angels, but Muller gives this one a quality that others do not have. Angels are more than our co-workers and our co-creators, they give us wings to understanding the synchronicity and signs that happen in our lives every day. This book is more like a journey into little miracles—well worth the read. Highly recommended.

After reading this book, it seems clear that if you believe in the power of love and goodness, you can believe in angels too.

“Angels are powerful thought forms that help to hold the world together.”

“Angels are the thoughts of God … thoughts of synthesis, connection, and repair. To call on the angels is to move our attention to a higher, more creative direction, to invoke the structures of a more enlightened worldview. They deliver the mind to profound understanding.”  Marianne Williamson, Illuminata

 

On Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Book-Angels-Dreams-Meditation-Secrets/dp/2923097548/

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The Pale Man, a Weird Tale

The Pale Man by Julius Long (1934)

Tuesday’s Weird Tale   October  2,  2018

 

This story first appeared in Weird Tales. Our narrator is on leave from his university job and stays at a dreary hotel. He sees a rather pale man in the hotel who is quite mysterious.  The pale man is staying in Room 212 but changes rooms, and, each time he gets a room closer to our narrator’s room. Eerie and queer, this is vintage Halloween style with a dash of Poe going on and a tidy suggestion to choose your lodgings carefully. A quick black-and-white read full of shadows for October story time.

 

Read it at American Literature: https://americanliterature.com/author/julius-long/short-story/the-pale-man

Listen to the 10-minute audio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvsEZMeGDSc

 

Few people know about author Julius Long (1907-1955), a short story writer of detective and supernatural fiction: The Dead Man’s Story, Nightcap of Terror, Death’s Dancing Master, Merely Murder, Over Many Dead Bodies to name a few. All his stories are in the public domain for free reading. Long was a lawyer, lived in Ohio, and was a collector of guns.

 

 

Watch for lots of ghost stories for Halloween posts this month of October

here at Reading Fiction Blog!

Don’t forget to view the INDEX above of more free reading at Reading Fiction Blog. This is a compendium of over 200 short stories by more than 100 famous storytellers of mystery, suspense, supernatural, ghost stories, ‘quiet horror,’ crime, sci-fi, and mainstream fiction.

 Follow or sign up to join me in reading two short stories every month. Comments are welcome! Feel free to click “LIKE.”

Other Reading Web Sites to Visit

 

Kirkus Mystery & Thrillers Reviews

Books & Such    Bibliophilica   NewYorkerFictionOnline

 Lovecraft Ezine   Parlor of Horror

HorrorNews.net   Fangoria.com   

Slattery’s Art of Horror Magazine   Chuck Windig’s Terrible Minds

HorrorAddicts.net     Horror Novel Reviews    HorrorSociety.com     

Monster Librarian      HorrorTalk.com 

 Rob Around Books      The Story Reading Ape Blog

For Authors/Writers:  The Writer Unboxed

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