“The Dance of Death” By Algernon Blackwood (Narrated by Jeffrey LeBlanc)

It snatched beyond his reach at one fell swoop all that he most loved and enjoyed, destroying a thousand dreams, and painting the future a dull drab color without hope. He was an idealist at heart, hating the sordid routine of the life he led as a business underling. His dreams were of the open air, of mountains, forests, and great plains, of the sea, and of the lonely places of the world.

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Tonight the willows moan with hidden dark knowledge, the wendigo sends a baleful howl and  ghosts seem to creep from ancient tombs as we invite in the ghost of the late Algernon Henry Blackwood.

Algernon Henry Blackwood, was an English broadcasting narrator, journalist, novelist and short story writer. But he is known greatly for being the most prolific ghost story writer in the history of the genre.

Blackwood certainly led an interesting philosophical life. It was a life steeped in mysticism and in nature. After he read the work of a Hindu sage left behind at his parent’s house, he developed an interest in Buddhism and other eastern philosophies. A belief that would later be explored further in Rosicrucianism and Buddhism. It’s interesting to note Blackwood was a member of one of the factions of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, along with his contemporary horror master, Arthur Machen.

Algernon Blackwood kept busy during his life for sure besides writing. He had an early varied career before supernatural fame. Blackwood worked as a dairy farmer in Canada, where he also operated a hotel for six months, as a newspaper reporter in New York City, bartender, model, journalist for The New York Times, private secretary, businessman, and violin teacher.

Two of the most chilling tales we recommend from Algernon Blackwood besides tonight’s feature are “The Wendigo” and “The Willows”. We will be featuring those on the channel soon.

“The Dance of Death” is a short story by Algernon Blackwood published in 1928. The story focuses on Mr. Browne, a young man who attends a dance after receiving some troubling news. He meets a strange woman who becomes his dance partner.

Who is the strange woman our Mr. Browne has met? Will the strange woman save the last dance for our young friend?

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