Julius LeVallon: An Episode
A chance meeting between John Mason and Julius Le Vallon sparks a long-forgotten memory of a former life. Le Vallon reminds Mason of the Temple Days a time hundreds of thousands of years ago when the two of them and a girl conducted a forbidden experiment which went disastrously wrong. The experiment unleashed the elemental powers of Wind and Fire, which Le Vallon has tried ever since to channel back to their domain. These attempts have always failed because the girl was not present. Now, as the story reaches its elemental climax millennia later, the three spirits are united and Le Vallon must face the ultimate challenge.
Author biography:Algernon Blackwood (1869-1951) was born into a well-to-do Kentish family. His parents, converts to a Calvinistic sect, led an austere life, ill-suited to their dreamy and sensitive son.
During adolescence, he became fascinated by hypnotism and the supernatural and, on leaving university, studied Hindu philosophy and occultism. Later, he was to draw on these beliefs and experiences in his writing.
Sent away to Canada at the age of twenty, his attempts at making a living were wholly unsuccessful and shortly after his return to England, he began to write. The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories, published in 1906, was followed by a series of psychic detective stories, featuring John Silence, physician extraordinary. His reputation as one of the greatest exponents of supernatural fiction began to grow.
Chiefly known for his ghost stories, Blackwood wrote in many different forms within the genre. His most personal works, however, are his mystical novels, for example The Centaur, where he explores mans empathy with the forces of the universe.
Blackwood also wrote childrens fiction. A Prisoner in Fairyland was adapted into the play (later the musical), Starlight Express.
Later in life, Blackwood turned to writing radio plays, and in 1947 he began a new career on BBC TV telling ghost stories. He received a knighthood in 1949.