[This is a reprint of a column which originally appeared in the January 16, 2003, issue of Hellnotes.]
Algernon Blackwood was born on March 14, 1869, in Shooterâ€™s Hill, Kent, England. His parents were Sir Stevenson Arthur Blackwood and the dowager Duchess of Manchester. Blackwood attended various schools in Europe. His studiesâ€“both formal and informalâ€“included spirituality, Eastern religions, theosophy, and hypnotism.
In 1887, Blackwoodâ€™s father sent him to Canada on business. The following year, he entered a university in Edinburgh but left a year later. He returned to Canada in 1890 and greatly enjoyed the backwoods there, which is where he set “The Wendigo,” a creepy, suspenseful tale of a hunting party that findsâ€“something. He spent a few years in Canada, where he was involved in various businesses, such as a dairy farm and a hotel. The dairy farm failed and he did not like the hotel business.
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