Most connoisseurs of modern horror fiction rate Algernon Blackwood (1869 1951) as the finest horror writer of all time. Blackwood was unsurpassed in originality, atmosphere, and characterization. His finest works still surprise and shock today's readers. THE EMPTY HOUSE AND OTHER GHOST STORIES, originally published in 1906, was Blackwood's first collection. It includes such classics as the title story, 'A Haunted Island,' 'A Suspicious Gift,' and many more.