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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Empty House , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Empty House. Nothing brought her so quickly to the point as feigning stupidity. View all 5 comments. Not bad - but nothing very original - average haunted house story. This was a short ghost story of an older woman wanting to investigate the haunted house in her town. She enlists the help of her nephew and it gets down right creepy!

Sep 07, Amina rated it it was ok. So scary I fell asleep. Oct 31, Vickie rated it really liked it Shelves: ghost-story. Loved this one. The writing was great and descriptive!

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Jul 17, A Mig rated it really liked it Shelves: horror. The ideal haunted house story. Change the use of a candle light by the protagonists to a flash light or a smartphone light and you're pushed from an early 20th century ghost story to one that could have happened in the late 20th or early 21st. The environment, background story, abnormality of the house, and progressive build-up are described with mastery with the perfect association of words. Now I would highly recommend the potential reader to find an empty house, any house, and wait until mid The ideal haunted house story.

Now I would highly recommend the potential reader to find an empty house, any house, and wait until mid night to read this story. A rather dated considering it came out in , so yes indeed and a middlingly interesting story of a haunted house being investigated by an aunt-nephew team of early 20th century ghostbusters minus the proton packs. Feb 22, Molly rated it really liked it Shelves: haunting-texts. Also very creepy - just wish the ending was more satisfying! The introduction to this story was fantastic. It pulled you in with unsettling, yet true, statements about houses and people.

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An Aunt and her nephew are going to a terrible haunted house that many have said nothing good about. However things go downhill from there and it en The introduction to this story was fantastic. However things go downhill from there and it ends really suddenly—in a bad way. I wish there was more to the climax of this book. But the way it was written is excellent.

Memorable line: "He came anticipating boredom. Three minutes in I wanted to give up but I stuck it out for the entire If you suffer insomnia then here's your cure. Blackwood has one good story to his credit, "The Wendigo. Had this been a print version I never would have finished it. Conclusion: Different authors appeal to different people. Blackwood may be a fine writer. He has his fans. I just don't get anything out of him.

Mar 22, Riya Bhatia rated it it was ok. The story seemed solid enough but it was too short and had very little description. No as much enjoyable as it could have been. Short and lightly spooky, but well written enough that the lightly part is okay in what should be a scarier ghost story. It's very simple: haunted house, timed apparition, frightened aunt and nephew, all ends well.

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I liked it. Feb 05, Saga rated it did not like it. I've read better and more captivating texts written by year-olds. Biblioasis continues its tradition of publishing an old tradition of short ghost stories with this spooky tale by the English writer Algernon Blackwood. It comes illustrated by Seth, a Canadian cartoonist who lives in Guelph, Ontario.

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The publishers explain in this installment from their "Haunted Bookshelf" series that the "telling or reading of ghost stories during long, dark and cold Christmas nights is a yuletide ritual which dates to at least the eighteenth century, and was once a Biblioasis continues its tradition of publishing an old tradition of short ghost stories with this spooky tale by the English writer Algernon Blackwood.

The publishers explain in this installment from their "Haunted Bookshelf" series that the "telling or reading of ghost stories during long, dark and cold Christmas nights is a yuletide ritual which dates to at least the eighteenth century, and was once as much a part of Christmas tradition as decorating fir trees, feasting on goose and the singing of carols. In this story, we meet the elderly spinster Julia and her nephew Shorthouse. A psychical researcher, she convinces him to accompany her on a midnight investigation into an 'empty' house where, the story goes, a servant girl fell to her death a hundred years earlier.

What follows isn't a feast of goose but of gooseflesh as they discover things that go bump in the night. The house, Blackwood writes, "was dreary enough in all conscience, for there is nothing more desolate in all the abodes of men than an unfurnished house dimly lit, silent, and forsake, and yet tenanted by rumour with the memories of evil and violent histories. I'm not a fan of Seth, so I'll just review Blackwood's story rather than the illustrations. Aunt Julia and Shorthouse have the key's to the town's most haunted house and they decide to spend the night there and investigate.

There's the requisite back story about a murder that happened there long ago and how all tenants since then have all basically raced for the door it's like the back-in-the-day British version of the Amityville Horror house, only less made-up. Creepiness ensues. The text is descriptive and keep a kind of running gauge on the fear-levels of the two characters. Comically short as it may be, this is the first Algernon Blackwood book I've read and it was well worth it Jul 15, Tim Pendry rated it it was ok Shelves: horror , literature-general , british , twentieth-century.

This is a review solely of 'The Empty House' itself. Written in , it is a rather weak tale about a haunted house. It has the feel of being one of Blackwood's potboilers. The problem with Blackwood is that he is generally a writer of atmospheres and his narratives often fail to satisfy at their conclusion. There's a crowd milling around, and Watson can't find any new clues. He accidentally bumps into an old man and makes the old man drop some books.


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The old man is mad and rushes off with his books. Watson goes back to observing the house, but can't come up with anything new. He returns to his house in Kensington. His maid tells him he has a visitor. It's the old man he literally ran into earlier. The old man apologizes for being rude. Watson is like, no problem, go away now. The old man tries to sell Watson some books by telling him his bookshelves look empty and untidy. Watson turns around to check them out. When he turns back, Sherlock Holmes is standing there!

Sherlock Holmes is a shape-shifter! Or, just really good at disguises. Or else Watson is super unobservant and slow on the up-take.

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Possibly a combination of these things. Watson freaks out since Holmes is supposed to be dead and faints. When he comes to he freaks again, but Holmes calms him down.