By Algernon Blackwood
"Of the standard of Mr Blackwood's genius there could be no dispute; for nobody has ever approached the ability, seriousness, and minute constancy whith which he documents the overtones of strangeness in traditional issues and experiences."—H.P. Lovecraft
By turns weird and wonderful, unsettling, spooky, and stylish, historic Sorceries and different bizarre tales showcases 9 incomparable tales from grasp magican Algernon Blackwood. Evoking the uncanny non secular forces of Nature, Blackwood's writings all tread the nebulous borderland among myth, awe, ask yourself, and horror. right here Blackwood monitors his most sensible and most annoying work-including "The Willows," which Lovecraft singled out as "the unmarried most interesting bizarre story in literature"; "The Wendigo"; "The madness of Jones"; and "Sand."
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In N sets of 25 trials there will be N(25 - p) such pairs. Therefore (if we use Method A) the most probable number of +p fore-hits in N sets of 25 trials is, on the hypothesis of chance coincidence, tN(25 -p). The standard deviation will be i v'N(25-p). The expressions will be the same for -p back-hits. e. N(25 - p) for 25N, in the expressions for the most probable number of hits and for the standard deviation. Apart from this, the statistical procedure is precisely the same in dealing with deflected hits as it is for direct hits.
Ii) Conjunction or Opposition between Agents. In these experiments it was arranged either (a) that the two agents focused similar cards on each occasion, or (b) that they focused dissimilar cards on each occasion. The results may be s ummarized as follows. (a) When two agents, with each of whom severally Mrs Stewart had scored signi ficantly, co-operated, there was no significant improvement in her scoring. (b) When two such agents were in opposition, what happened was this. Mrs Stewart would score with one of them the usual signi ficant excess of direct hits ; whilst, with the other, the number of her direct hits would not diffe r significantly from what might be expected on the hypothesis of chance-coincidence.
In the remaining one it was 740 feet. The total number of trials was 1 ,850. The most probable number of hits, on the hypothesis of chance coincidence, is 370. The actual number exceeded this by 1 88 . The standard deviation is 1 7·2. So z is + 10·9. The corresponding proba bility is 1 · 1 6 x 10-27• In this case there is no need to multiply by 5 , since only direct hits or misses were under consideration. The odds, on the hypothesis of chance-coincidence, against obtaining so great a deviation as was actually found are 8 · 62 x 1026 to 1 .
Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories by Algernon Blackwood