A British traveller in France stops in a remote French hill town with some very unusual inhabitants and soon finds himself unable to leave; a scholar staying in a lodging house feels himself observed by a malevolent presence; two friends on a canoeing trip spend a night on a lonely willow-covered island in the middle of the Danube, haunted by the strange trees and sinister shapes in the water . . . Algernon Blackwood is one of Britain's greatest ever proponents of weird and supernatural stories. This collection contains four of his most unnervingly curious tales: 'Ancient Sorceries', 'The Listener', 'The Sea Fit' and 'The Willows'.