Algernon Blackwood (1869-1951) led a
rich and varied life. Storyteller, mystic, adventurer, and radio and television
personality, he is best remembered for his two superlative horror stories, "The
Willows" and "The Wendigo." But in his lifetime he wrote over 150 stories, at
least a dozen novels, two plays, and quite a few children's books as well. By
the time of his death, he had become one of the greatest writers of
supernatural fiction in the twentieth century.
Ancient Lights, written by Algernon Blackwood in 1912 and published two years later, is the tale of a man hired to remove a standing grove of trees so the owner's house can maintain the direct light and view that it has enjoyed for a number of years.