East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

The Valley of the Beasts


ghost galleryYesterday it was Algernon Blackwood’s birthday… his 147th.
Blackwood was one of the great supernatural fiction authors – really one of the founding fathers of the genre.

I read my first Blackwood story, called The Valley of the Beasts, when I was about ten.
It was the last story in a book called Alfred Hitchcock’s Ghost Gallery, and it was like nothing I ever read before.

And so, to celebrate the work of an author I always loved, here’s the audio version of that story I read so many years ago.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

2 thoughts on “The Valley of the Beasts

  1. Sorry. I can’t seem to find a better way to contact you than over blog posts. Anyway I’m just wanting to let you know that I’ve announced yet another blogathon for May and would like to invite you to join in. Here is the link below to ponder over. Thanks



    • Hi!
      Thanks for inviting me – I have posted on your blog my idea for a post.
      Animals are well suited to my blog (hmmm… it doesn’t sound so flattering, does it?)
      And just in case, for future reference – I have added a contact form – there’s a link in the top right corner of the page 😉


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