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The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories (1906)

by Algernon Blackwood

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Some excellent spooky stories, though a couple suffer from the racism of the period. ( )
  dgmillo | Jun 2, 2013 |
As I've written elsewhere, I've been in a "ghost stories" mood lately, and ran across Algernon Blackwood's name fairly early in the hunt for more M.R. James-like authors. This is the first Blackwood collection I've read, but I'll certainly seek out more, since I greatly enjoyed this bunch. Like James' stories many of these feature some unsuspecting protagonist (in this collection, often named Jim Shorthouse) finding himself thrown into a situation with some inexplicable supernatural force at work.

Slightly uneven, as many short story collections are, but for the most part I liked them all. The ones that have stuck with me after finishing are the titular "The Empty House," "A Case of Eavesdropping", "A Suspicious Gift," and "The Strange Adventures of a Private Secretary in New York," but several others ("Skeleton Lake: An Episode in Camp" and "A Haunted Island") are also very good. Blackwood's settings vary a bit, from the Canadian backwoods to the wilds of Long Island, providing a bracing chance of pace.

More on Blackwood soon, I'm sure, as I dig into more of his stories. ( )
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Curl up with a collection of mystery and horror tales from an author whom many critics regard as one of the masters of the genre. The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories showcases some of Algernon Blackwood's finest -- and most spine-tingling -- short fiction. Whether you're a longtime fan of Blackwood's work or a first-time reader who's curious about this giant of the genre, you're in for a deliciously spooky ride.… (more)

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