Algernon Blackwood's concern is constantly with the heart. He was interested in science as well as in psychology and psychoanalysis, and was an avid reader of Sigmund Freud. He was also interested in various strands of late Victorian and Edwardian mysticism and psychical research. It has been said, no doubt contentiously, that he was the only major writer of supernatural fiction to take the supernatural seriously. And his work is governed by a very particular interpretation of the relations between 'nature' and 'spirit', considered in the widest applications of both terms. The passing of time, the clear movement from past through present into future, is a mere distraction. Rather what one has, what one is destined to live with, is an endless looping of phrase, a process caught in condensation and displacement, a negotiation between spirit and nature.