’31 Tales of Terror’ #6: The Whisperers

*Title: The Whisperers by Algernon Blackwood
Date Read: 19 October 2008
Available Online?: YES
Briefly: Many writers can only write in a minimalist writing space without distraction, and Jones is one of these writers who jumps at the opportunity of using the attic room of a carpenter’s house belonging to his cousin. All seems minimal and distraction-free until Jones is stirred from his slumber in the middle of the night.
Afterthoughts: Eerily creepy enough to be justified for inclusion into this challenge, Algernon is an author who really likes the use of ‘flowerly’ prose. This is not to its detriment though; the story is quite eloquently penned.
Notable Quote: “And the darkness puzzled him. He remembered the absence of accustomed windows, but it was only when the candle-light brought close the face of his watch, with two o’clock upon it, that he heard the sound of confused whispering in the corners of the room, and realised with a little twinge of fear that those who whispered had just been standing beside his very bed. The room was full.”

Rating: ★★★☆☆

*Story read as part of the 31 Tales of Terror reading challenge.

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).