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The Nightingale and the Rose

von Oscar Wilde

A nightingale overhears a student complaining that his professor's daughter will not dance with him, as he is unable to give her a red rose. The nightingale visits all the rose-trees in the garden, and one of...

Stranger Things Happen

von Kelly Link

This first collection by award-winning author Kelly Link, takes fairy tales and cautionary tales, dictators and extraterrestrials, amnesiacs and honeymooners, revenants and readers alike, on a voyage into new,...

Dracula's Guest

The Three Strangers

The Phoenix on the Sword

Conan the Barbarian #1

von Robert Ervin Howard

"The Phoenix on the Sword" begins with a middle-aged Conan of Cimmeria attempting to govern the turbulent kingdom of Aquilonia.Conan has recently seized the bloody crown of Aquilonia from King Numedides whom...

Heart of the West

von O. Henry

A collection of 19 short stories from the West.

The Misplaced Battleship

von Harry Harrison

It might seem a little careless to lose track of something as big as a battleship... but interstellar space is on a different scale of magnitude. But a misplaced battleship--in the wrong hands!--can be most...

The War Prayer

von Mark Twain

Written by Mark Twain during the Philippine-American War in the first decade of the twentieth century, The War Prayer tells of a patriotic church service held to send the town's young men off to war. During...

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary

von Montague Rhodes James

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary is the title of M. R. James' first collection of ghost stories, published in 1904 (some had previously appeared in magazines). Some later editions under this title contain both...

The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade

Bartleby, the Scrivener

von Herman Melville

The narrator, an elderly lawyer who has a very comfortable business helping wealthy men deal with mortgages, title deeds, and bonds, relates the story of the strangest man he has ever known. The narrator already...

The Jumping Frog

von Mark Twain

Mark Twain's "The Jumping Frog : In English, then in French, then clawed back into the civilized language once more by patient unremunerated toil" (1865), also known as "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras...

The Red Hawk

The Skull

von Philip K. Dick

Conger agreed to kill a stranger he had never seen. But he would make no mistakes because he had the stranger's skull under his arm.

The Ego Machine

von Henry Kuttner

When a slightly mad robot drunk on AC, wants you to join an experiment in optimum ecology—don't do it! After all, who wants to argue like Disraeli or live like Ivan the Terrible?

Through Russia

von Maxim Gorky

A collection of short stories about Russia.

"I Didn't Get Over"

People of the Dark

The Confessions of Arsène Lupin

von Maurice Leblanc

This collection of Lupin short stories presents more puzzling criminal involvements of the classic French hero-thief and his men.

Mrs Dalloway in Bond Street