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Hugh Ross is good as a Narrator. Perhaps not the right one for the last story on here "The Wendigo." But that is a difficult story to present at best. Especially "The Cry of the Wendigo" which Mr. Ross presents poorly. Otherwise this set of tales by Blackwood is presented in a workmanlike and occasionally inspired way by the narrator. And the stories are uniformly excellent. As is usual with Algernon Blackwood. He can always chill your blood in a delightful way.
These are old-fashioned (19th or early 20th century stories) expertly narrated by Hugh Ross, evoking a bygone world of hunters, explorers and mythical creatures. The first story, the Empty House, created an atmosphere of terror but ended rather abruptly, and the explanation had already been given away.
From there on in, though, the ante was upped, and the final story, the Wendigo, was spine-chilling, dealing with the legend of the Wendigo, a spirit or mythical creature of the North American and Canadian wilderness. The Willows, although very long, creates a similar atmosphere of terror, dealing with purely supernatural events that have no rational explanation.
Summary: If you like old-world ghost stories and haven't come across Algernon Balckwood before, give this a go. You won't regret it, though you might not sleep afterwards!
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a great listen, great narration and a great variation in stories. #bedtime #scarey #cosy #openfire