I have owned a copy of The Black Reaper for many years and have made several abortive attempts to read it. For some reason I find his style to be rather heavy going and I have been reduced to infrequent dips. Consequently, although I have probably read around half the stories I can remember little about any of them, the title tale being the one that I have retained the best.
Quite agree. Couldn't get though The Black Reaper, it was like wading through treacle. Life's too short....
Henry James, I can understand, but I didn't find Capes particularly hard going. I just stopped because I'm a very deliberate reader in general and want to sample as many vintage horror authors as I can.
I find I can take Henry James or leave him. For every one of his ghost stories I like, there is one I find doesn't hold my interest.
As for Capes, his The Black Reaper is one of those books I feel I should like, but each time I try it, it doesn't appeal to me. I find occasional dips to be the best strategy for getting through it, though I still have a good half to read.