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The author of the book: Algernon Blackwood
Edition: Valdemar
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Date of issue: November 2002
ISBN: 8477024197
ISBN 13: 9788477024194
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Algernon Blackwood (Kent, 1869-1951), autor de obras maestras del género fantástico como «El Wendigo» o «Antiguas brujerías», recibió en su juventud una intensa instrucción basada en los Evangelios, debido al puritanismo de sus padres, y esta disciplina impuesta le llevó, por rebelión, a la lectura temprana y secreta del Bhagavad Gita y diversos tratados teosóficos. Estudió el budismo y el hinduismo, lo que le proporcionó una firme creencia en la reencarnación y en las ciencias ocultas, y finalmente decidió afiliarse a los treinta y un años a la Orden Hermética de la Golden Down. Dedicó la mayor parte de su juventud a diversas empresas sin éxito y a viajar por todo el mundo. Aunque había escrito artículos sobre sus viajes y algún que otro relato, su primer libro, The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories, no apareció hasta 1906. Dos años después Blackwood alumbró, basándose en la personalidad de un correligionario ocultista al que dedica el libro, su más lograda creación, el médico psíquico e investigador de lo oculto John Silence, que da a conocer por primera vez en la colección de relatos John Silence, Physician Extraordinary (1908), cuyas extraordinarias aventuras publicamos hoy en la colección Gótica. El éxito de John Silence, «el personaje más misterioso de la ficción moderna», según eslogan publicitario de la época, se debe en buena medida a la habilidad de Blackwood para combinar y dosificar una trama de suspense detectivesco con elementos de horror sobrenatural que convierten a su personaje en el patrón de los «cazafantasmas» modernos. Sus sorprendentes e infalibles métodos de investigación -las invocaciones mágicas, el pentáculo protector, la percepción extrasensorial de gatos y perros...- y su prestigio como erudito en ciencias ocultas le convierten en el especialista más solicitado en casos extraños y paranormales.


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Ebook John Silence, investigador de lo oculto read Online! Blackwood was born in Shooter's Hill (today part of south-east London, but then part of northwest Kent) and educated at Wellington College. His father was a Post Office administrator who, according to Peter Penzoldt, "though not devoid of genuine good-heartedness, had appallingly narrow religious ideas".Blackwood had a varied career, farming in Canada, operating a hotel, as a newspaper reporter in New York City, and, throughout his adult life, an occasional essayist for various periodicals. In his late thirties, he moved back to England and started to write stories of the supernatural. He was very successful, writing at least ten original collections of short stories and eventually appearing on both radio and television to tell them. He also wrote fourteen novels, several children's books, and a number of plays, most of which were produced but not published. He was an avid lover of nature and the outdoors, and many of his stories reflect this.
English writer of ghost stories and supernatural fiction, of whom Lovecraft wrote: "He is the one absolute and unquestioned master of weird atmosphere." His powerful story "The Willows," which effectively describes another dimension impinging upon our own, was reckoned by Lovecraft to be not only "foremost of all" Blackwood's tales but the best "weird tale" of all time. (Unfortunately, Blackwood, who was familiar with Lovecraft's work, failed to return the compliment. As he told Peter Penzoldt, he found "spiritual terror" missing in his young admirer's writing, something he considered all-important in his own.)

Among his thirty-odd books, Blackwood wrote a series of stories and short novels published as John Silence, Physician Extraordinary (1908), which featured a "psychic detective" who combined the skills of a Sherlock Holmes and a psychic medium. Blackwood also wrote light fantasy and juvenile books.

The son of a preacher, Blackwood had a life-long interest in the supernatural, the occult, and spiritualism, and firmly believed that humans possess latent psychic powers. The autobiography Episodes Before Thirty (1923) tells of his lean years as a journalist in New York. In the late 1940s, Blackwood had a television program on the BBC on which he read . . . ghost stories!



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