24 short stories in fairly typical Bierce fashion: ghostly, spooky, to be read (or listened to) in the dark, perhaps with a light crackling fire burning dimly in the background. Stories of ghosts, apparitions, and strange, inexplicable occurrences are prevalent in these tales, some of which occur on or near Civil War fields of battle, some in country cottages, and some within urban areas. "Can Such Things Be?" implies and relates that anything is possible, at any time.
Waking up with a strange woman in his bed is odd enough, but when she starts warning Roger of horrifying dangers before disappearing, things take an even stranger turn. There's a mysterious voice calling to him from the lake and awful odours emanating from the walls of his lakeside retreat.
"Uhgggggggg, this is terrible."