The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories - Algernon Blackwood I'd like to give this collection 4 stars but for the most part the stories end with breathtaking abruptness and little explanation. I don't for a second believe that Shorthouse is a recurring character - I suspect that Blackwood simply couldn't be bothered when it came to names - and I'm tired of protagonists being sapped of their will and strength. All that aside, a solid collection.