Riddell, Mrs. J.H. - The Uninhabited House
Classic short Victorian novel is an entertaining, cozy horror.
The law firm of Craven and Son endures an insufferable client, with an especially thorny dwelling.
Tenants of said property routinely break lease agreements and flee, declaring, once they catch their trembling breath, the house is haunted.
The story is narrated by a young clerk, impoverished (aren’t they all).
Nevertheless, the true heart of the tale is the elderly Miss Blake, a spinster of strident opinions and a most empty purse.
As irritating as she is, Miss Blake is unforgettable.