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John Silence, Physician Extraordinary ❮Reading❯ ➶ John Silence, Physician Extraordinary ➮ Author Algernon Blackwood – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Algernon Blackwood was an English writer of tales of the supernatural The character of John Silence pioneered the psychic detective genre This volume contains all six stories of John Silence and his Algernon Blackwood was an English writer of tales of the supernatural The character of John Silence pioneered the psychic detective genre This volume contains all six stories of John Silence and his investinations into the paranormal.


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  1. Bill Kerwin Bill Kerwin says:

    This collection includes all five stories featuring Blackwood s psychic detective, John Silence, M.D., and except for the brief A Victim of Higher Space, a mere bagatelle each of the tales is compelling in the way all good Blackwood is compelling each features a leisurely exposition followed by a slow series of incremental complications which both inform and disarm the mesmerized reader until he is prepared for the well executed conclusion.The two best stories included here are the much ant This collection includes all five stories featuring Blackwood s psychic detective, John Silence, M.D., and except for the brief A Victim of Higher Space, a mere bagatelle each of the tales is compelling in the way all good Blackwood is compelling each features a leisurely exposition followed by a slow series of incremental complications which both inform and disarm the mesmerized reader until he is prepared for the well executed conclusion.The two best stories included here are the much anthologized Ancient Sorceries and Secret Worship If you do not know them already, you should certainly read them, even if you re not a great fan of terror tales The other three stories, however, are also effective and unique A Psychical Invasion is unusual in that, drawing upon the notion that dogs resist ghostly phenomena and cats explore them, it allots 30 pages and 8,000 words roughly 40% of the story to a detailed description of the behaviors of one cat and one dog on one particular night I know this sounds boring, but it isn t I became quite absorbed in interpreting the animals actions, and, while I was doing so, I had no doubt whatsoever that Blackwood s ghost was real The Nemesis of Fire begins conventionally with a local haunting on the grounds of an English Country estate, but after a few twists and turns concludes with a battle against the darkest magic of Ancient Egypt The Camp of the Dog realistically creates the atmosphere of a camping trip to a remote Northern island, its comforts and its terrors Blackwood was an avid camper , but its most notable feature is the way it resolves the problem of a rather decent sort of werewolf chap who is trapped by his sincere repressed love into a psychic spiral of lustful and hairy transformations.All of these stories are worth reading Oh, and by the way since you ve gone this far, you might as well read A Victim of Higher Space too It is short, with one or two good laughs in it, and contains a really cool description of John Silence s consulting room, including his little tricks and gadgets


  2. ᴥ Irena ᴥ ᴥ Irena ᴥ says:

    4.5I ve read the edition from Gutenberg with five cases I have no idea why it took me this long to read it Usually it s something boring, but in this case it is like the book wanted me to take my time, pay attention and enjoy I did I loved the stories and Dr John Silent Each case has different problem There are no repetitions Paranormal element and Dr John Silent are all they have in common One of the stories most of it Haruki Murakami used in his 1Q84 The cases range from demonic p 4.5I ve read the edition from Gutenberg with five cases I have no idea why it took me this long to read it Usually it s something boring, but in this case it is like the book wanted me to take my time, pay attention and enjoy I did I loved the stories and Dr John Silent Each case has different problem There are no repetitions Paranormal element and Dr John Silent are all they have in common One of the stories most of it Haruki Murakami used in his 1Q84 The cases range from demonic presences to ghosts to werewolves and some surprises CASE I A Psychical Invasion CASE II Ancient Sorceries CASE III The Nemesis of Fire CASE IV Secret Worship CASE V The Camp of the Dog


  3. Jim Jim says:

    Around the turn of he century, psychic detectives were all the rage in England There was Max Carnacki, the creation of William Hope Hodgson, and also John Silence by Algernon Blackwood His The Complete John Silence Stories is an admirable collection for the days and weeks approaching Halloween.Rather than attempting to find a rational explanation for everything, which in the end would become merely annoying, Blackwood takes psychic phenomena as a given, but one that can be worked with using a Around the turn of he century, psychic detectives were all the rage in England There was Max Carnacki, the creation of William Hope Hodgson, and also John Silence by Algernon Blackwood His The Complete John Silence Stories is an admirable collection for the days and weeks approaching Halloween.Rather than attempting to find a rational explanation for everything, which in the end would become merely annoying, Blackwood takes psychic phenomena as a given, but one that can be worked with using a combination of reason and deep empathy All six of the stories in the collection are worth reading, though my favorites are The Nemesis of Fire and Ancient Sorceries In this collection is a werewolf, a man who inhabits multi dimensional worlds much to his chagrin, a purloined mummy, a haunting brought about by the ingestion of hasheesh, a dismaying invitation to a witches sabbath, and an old school that has so to speak gone to the devil And there is that Blackwood style, which is admirably suited to his subject matter Personally, I was glad to be in the open air, for the atmosphere of the house was heavy with presentiment The sense of impending disaster hung over all Fear stalked the passages, and lurked in the corners of every room It was a house haunted, but really haunted not by some vague shadow of the dead, but by a definite though incalculable influence that was actively alive, and dangerous.There is some mummery, such as holding a letter to one s forehead to see if there is a feeling of heat And there are some slips, such as a half moon following a day or two after a full moon Still, these are mere cavils.The most famous Blackwood story is the novelette entitled The Willows, followed not far behind by The Wendigo but I am beginning to think that from the best Blackwood to the worst is not so great a distance There are few prolific authors about whom that could be said truthfully


  4. Jayaprakash Satyamurthy Jayaprakash Satyamurthy says:

    Tales about John Silence, physician extraordinary Silence is a doctor who has become very wealthy through unspecified means and now only takes up cases of a very special kind He has spent years learning about the supernatural and developing spiritual powers He assists people who face some sort of supernatural crisis the humour writer who loses his sense of humour after a cannabis trip awakens a slumbering spirit in his house, a businessman who returns to the monastic school of his youth t Tales about John Silence, physician extraordinary Silence is a doctor who has become very wealthy through unspecified means and now only takes up cases of a very special kind He has spent years learning about the supernatural and developing spiritual powers He assists people who face some sort of supernatural crisis the humour writer who loses his sense of humour after a cannabis trip awakens a slumbering spirit in his house, a businessman who returns to the monastic school of his youth to find that the pious brothers harboured a very dark secret, island campers who are plagued by a lycanthrope and so forth These stories are very much influenced by the spiritualism of the late Victorian era and as such offer a strange mix of rationalised explanations of the supernatural and a great deal of credulous fascination with hermetic esoterica Blackwood s tales are very well structured, building up a vivid, nightmarish vision of horror through his evocative, vivid language There is always something original and distinctive in the way the horror in his stories is deployed or combated A wide variety of settings and characters are vividly brought to life and a number of highly effective supernatural premises explored in gripping, satisfying tales My favourites are ANCIENT SORCERIES, where Silence is only a peripheral figure, and THE NEMESIS OF FIRE, a particularly effective tale that ends with ancient Egyptian evil being confronted in a mouldy underground cavern in the south of England But they re all worth reading just be prepared for a tone and pace of reading that belongs to an era that is almost a century past now


  5. Mike (the Paladin) Mike (the Paladin) says:

    Went through this quickly quickly than I would have liked, lots of skimming and in the end skipping I received 10 books from the library at onceand another inter library loan book is waiting You put them on hold, and they all show up at once.These are good though dated stories I know some will get some laughs as in the first story the victim living in the house becomes aware of the overwhelming evil in the house when he takes an extract of cannabis indica But, put your head Went through this quickly quickly than I would have liked, lots of skimming and in the end skipping I received 10 books from the library at onceand another inter library loan book is waiting You put them on hold, and they all show up at once.These are good though dated stories I know some will get some laughs as in the first story the victim living in the house becomes aware of the overwhelming evil in the house when he takes an extract of cannabis indica But, put your head in the stories and you will enjoy them I may get them out again, when I don t have as many other library books out at once It would be difficult to find for purchase I suppose, I saw it used onfrom a third party seller for a little over 5 maybe.John Silence is a psychic doctor who has made a study of unusual things and only takes unusual cases that interest him He never takes fees as he s well off mysteriously , and is a true philanthropist He helps those who aren t poor enough to get actual charity, nor are they richat least that s his story He s the guy to call if you re having psychic he hates the word occult troubles, and of course, it s an interesting case I will say that I m not quite as taken with the John Silence stories as I am with some of Blackwood s non related short stories, but they are enjoyable


  6. Cameron Trost Cameron Trost says:

    Algernon Blackwood is one of those weird tale writers who impress and disappoint me by turns Several of these stories show Blackwoods talent for evoking the power and mystery of the natural world particularly, The Camp of the Dog, and demonstrating the spiritual interconnections he believed to be inherent between all elements of nature Similarly, his character, John Silence, who always manages to make his mark on the narrative despite appearing only briefly in some stories, is a credit to Bl Algernon Blackwood is one of those weird tale writers who impress and disappoint me by turns Several of these stories show Blackwoods talent for evoking the power and mystery of the natural world particularly, The Camp of the Dog, and demonstrating the spiritual interconnections he believed to be inherent between all elements of nature Similarly, his character, John Silence, who always manages to make his mark on the narrative despite appearing only briefly in some stories, is a credit to Blackwoods creativity What disappoints me, almost to the extent of spoiling his work, is that he does far too much explaining and repeating, and indeed the narrative often transforms into a sermon of his spiritual viewpoint In this way, a gripping tale of weird fiction in which the tension is built slowly, strangely, and steadily, loses its power to hold the reader In addition, and although this may be counter intuitive, Blackwood s belief in the existence of lycanthropes and elemental demons, as indicated in these tales, renders the suspension of disbelief impossible In some of his other work, including The Willows , the subtler andremoved approach is fareffective in capturing the reader s sensibilities


  7. Scott Scott says:

    The next time you pack your suitcase, tuck in a copy of John Silence s psychic mysteries You may see yourself hauntingly reflected in these ghastly tales, many involving innocent travelers who meetthan fellow passengers on the road Each of the five tales in this collection is set in a different locale London, France, southwestern England, Germany, and the islands of Sweden The source of the horror is just as varied, ranging from a simple ghostly haunting, to antiquarian thaumaturgy, to The next time you pack your suitcase, tuck in a copy of John Silence s psychic mysteries You may see yourself hauntingly reflected in these ghastly tales, many involving innocent travelers who meetthan fellow passengers on the road Each of the five tales in this collection is set in a different locale London, France, southwestern England, Germany, and the islands of Sweden The source of the horror is just as varied, ranging from a simple ghostly haunting, to antiquarian thaumaturgy, to necromancy, and finally to shape shifters and a werewolf Like the best of Blackwood s supernatural fiction, these stories are long, averaging about 70 pages per case and they re slow moving, building their terror on a broad foundation of seeming normalcy that begins to crumble and totter in the face of unexplicable occurences.John Silence, physician extraordinary, remains almost as elusive and inscrutable as the phenomena he investigates He says little, giving us only slight hints as to how he has come across his extraordinary psychic powers, and often shows up very late in the tale In fact, he doesn t even play a part in one of the most charming, Ancient Sorceries He considers only psychical afflictions, cases that are truly extraordinary and usually dangerous His Watson is a fairly inobtrusive amanuensis named Hubbard, who faithfully pens his cases without revealing much about himself besides a love for the outdoors and a surprising incredulity in the odd and ghastly.But don t expect a Sherlock Holmes as ghostbuster knockoff Blackwood doesn t develop his detective as well as Conan Doyle did He deliberately creates flat, usually obtuse characters, so that he can focus on other facets of horror writing What I found most compelling was the undeniable pleasure of feeling the terror build slowly, sometimes excruciatingly slowly, at first and then reach an awful, nerve wracking crescendo Read Blackwood for his pacing and mood He s absorbing, and he can trim hours off a long trip


  8. Heather Heather says:

    Absolutely love this collection of Algernon Blackwood stories. With his psychic version of Sherlock Holmes John Silence , trying to diagnose and decipher the strange ailments and afflictions his patients brought to his door. The imagination he must have used to create the extraordinary characters and events in these tales are beyond comprehension, ahead of his time


  9. Perry Lake Perry Lake says:

    While the John Silence stories might be the victim of the writing style of the Edwardian era, the character of John Silence is not As a hero he is admirable He uses his brain and his psychic abilities, not his fists and not a gun.I can t help but compare Ancient Sorceries to HP Lovecraft s Shadow Over Innsmouth As Lovecraft was a fan of Blackwood s, I have no doubt that Innsmouth was a redo or updating of Sorceries It s all there, the realization that the town is filled with cultists While the John Silence stories might be the victim of the writing style of the Edwardian era, the character of John Silence is not As a hero he is admirable He uses his brain and his psychic abilities, not his fists and not a gun.I can t help but compare Ancient Sorceries to HP Lovecraft s Shadow Over Innsmouth As Lovecraft was a fan of Blackwood s, I have no doubt that Innsmouth was a redo or updating of Sorceries It s all there, the realization that the town is filled with cultists in animal form, the nocturnal rituals, even the escape But Lovecraft wisely realized that seafood is scarier than cats But don t think the John Silence stories are in need of improvement They are unique in the annals of weird fiction The doctor will be back


  10. Jeannie Sloan Jeannie Sloan says:

    What fun were these stories.This is some of Blackwood s very good stuff.Silence is a compassionate and sympathetic character which is not so common in the time where Blackwood was writing.Most of the men at that time were aggressive and non believer s in anything that they could not see with their own eyes.I don t know how many stories I have read where the male protagonist is out to prove that there is no ghost so it is nice to read about men who do believe and have a respect for the supernat What fun were these stories.This is some of Blackwood s very good stuff.Silence is a compassionate and sympathetic character which is not so common in the time where Blackwood was writing.Most of the men at that time were aggressive and non believer s in anything that they could not see with their own eyes.I don t know how many stories I have read where the male protagonist is out to prove that there is no ghost so it is nice to read about men who do believe and have a respect for the supernatural.Very enjoyable series of stories that I am sure that I will read again.Right up there with The Best Ghost Stories of A.B


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