Blackwood often sought to instill a sense of awe and wonder rather than fear in the readers of his ghost, gothic, and weird fiction stories. Readers of the gothic genre will wish to begin with The Willows
, a tale about two men on a canoe trip that become stranded on an island during a flood and are beset by supernatural forces. The second is The Wendigo
a tale about a group of men in a northern wilderness visited by a terrible monster that originates from Algonquian folklore.