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The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories

Algernon Blackwood

Book Overview: 

The Empty House: Jim Shorthouse receives an urgent request from his Aunt Julia that he come to visit her at once. She’s acquired the keys to an infamously haunted house on the other side of town and she wants Shorthouse to accompany her while she goes exploring.

For fans of Stephen King, Clive Barker and Dean Koontz.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . him, and who very soon succeeded in reducing his most messy existence into a state of comparative order and system.

Certain incidents, important and otherwise, of Jim's life would never have come to be told here but for the fact that in getting into his "messes" and out of them again he succeeded in drawing himself into the atmosphere of peculiar circumstances and strange happenings. He attracted to his path the curious adventures of life as unfailingly as meat attracts flies, and jam wasps. It is to the meat and jam of his life, so to speak, that he owes his experiences; his after-life was all pudding, which attracts nothing but greedy children. With marriage the interest of his life ceased for all but one person, and his path became regular as the sun's instead of erratic as a comet's.

The first experience in order of time that he related to me shows that somewhere latent behind his disarranged nervous system there lay psychic. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Though slightly dated, this collection still warrants 5 stars if only because of its role in the history of the horror genre. Along with Poe, Machen, and Lovecraft, Blackwood's significance can not be minimized and neither can his style of storytelling.

I doubt this will appeal as much to the mode...more

Certain houses, like certain persons, manage somehow to proclaim at once their character for evil. In the case of the latter, no particular feature need betray them; they may boast an open countenance and an ingenuous smile; and yet a little of their company leaves the unalterable conviction that...more

Horror fiction. A genre that does not nearly get all the credit that it deserves. A genre dominated by Stephen King and Dean Koontz. A genre that has so much to offer but much of it is marginalized by these two famous authors. Granted, King and Koontz have written some pretty frightening and powe...more

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Die so nur auf Deutsch existierende Anthologie DAS LEERE HAUS versammelt insgesamt vier der besten Texte, die Algernon Blackwood geschireben und veröffentlicht hat, darunter THE WILLOWS (1907[1]) und THE WENDIGO (1910), die seinen Ruf als einer der besten und...more

Noch keine vollständige Review!

Ich lese erst einmal um „Der Wendigo“ herum, denn diese Geschichte gehört zur Novembergruppenlektüre.

Angefangen habe ich mit „Die Weiden“, weil es als eine, wenn nicht die, beste Geschichte von Blackwood gilt. Woran H.P. Lovecraft mit seinem Lob in seiner Die Liter...more

A couple of the stories were pretty good but it was mostly pretty dull.

”Certain houses, like certain persons, manage somehow to proclaim at once their character for evil.”

This first sentence of Algernon Blackwood’s short story collection The Empty House may already suggest that we are about to experience more traditional in-door horror rather than the kind of fare w...more

I am usually not a big fan of ghost stories but Blackwood is an exception, not to say that only ghosts were involved in these tales. Blackwood is the epitome of fear, a true master at making hearts beat faster with deceptively simple ease. Most people tend to compare Blackwood to Poe but I never...more

I didn't intend to read this book properly; I just wanted to sample a few stories to get a feel for the author's style, in preparation for a blog post about ghost stories I'm in the process of writing. I did, however, end up reading all ten stories, although I skimmed over a few of them a little...more

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