Before spring finally makes up its mind, here’s a suggestion for a bleak wintry night. A river story, by legendary spookmeister Algernon Blackwood (what a name). He lived from 1869-1951, and this, perhaps his most famous story, is called “The Willows,” the tale of a canoe trip down the Danube by two young men. The way it evokes the glories of that famous river is wonderful. Until things get weird, of course. Guaranteed to add a chill to the bones of winter.
You can find it in several anthologies online. I like the reading of it on YouTube through LibriVox.
It’s a glorious example of how rivers speak to us.
Look for more Allegheny (and other river) posts soon.