Algernon Blackwood (1869-1951) was an English short story writer and novelist, known for his supernatural fiction. He was born in London and after a nomadic childhood and youth spent in Canada, he began his writing career in the late 1890s. Blackwood's stories often feature eerie, otherworldly events, and his work has been compared to that of M.R. James and Arthur Machen. He wrote over 20 books and numerous short stories, many of which have been reprinted and continue to be popular with fans of supernatural fiction.