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The Mystery of Marie Rogêt

The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories

A Hunger Artist

von Franz Kafka

A Hunger Artist explores many of the themes that were close to him: spiritual poverty, asceticism, futility, and the alienation of the modern artist.

The Slithering Shadow

Tales of Chinatown

von Sax Rohmer

Ten stories of Macabre Mystery by the creator of the famous Dr. Fu Manchu. Includes the excellent ghost story Tcheriapin and a creeping hand story called The Hand of Mandarin Qung.

Queen of the Black Coast

True Names

von Cory Doctorow & Benjamin Rosenbaum

The tale of duelling galactic colony-organisms that are competing to recruit all the matter in the universe for raw computation.

The Reluctant Dragon

von Kenneth Grahame

The Reluctant Dragon is an 1898 children's story by Kenneth Grahame (originally published as a chapter in his book Dream Days), which served as the key element to the 1941 feature film with the same name from...

Tales of Wonder

von Lord Dunsany

The Last Book of Wonder, originally published as Tales of Wonder, is the tenth book and sixth original short story collection of Irish fantasy writer Lord Dunsany, considered a major influence on the work of...

Roads of Destiny

von O. Henry

A collection of 22 short stories: Roads of Destiny, The Guardian of the Accolade, The Discounters of Money, The Enchanted Profile, "Next to Reading Matter", Art and the Bronco, Phœbe, A Double-dyed Deceiver,...

Time and the Gods

von Lord Dunsany

Time and the Gods is the second book by Irish fantasy writer Lord Dunsany, considered a major influence on the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, H. P. Lovecraft, Ursula LeGuin and others. The book was first published...

The Celestial Omnibus and Other Stories

von E. M. Forster

A traveler steps off the road and finds himself in an alternate reality. A sullen boy accidentally summons a spirit. A man gets more than he bargained for when he buys his fiancée a plot of wooded land. These...

The Chronic Argonauts

von H. G. Wells

This brief story begins with a third-person account of the arrival of a mysterious inventor to the peaceful Welsh town of Llyddwdd. Dr. Nebogipfel takes up residence in a house sorely neglected after the deaths...

A Descent into the Maelström

von Edgar Allan Poe

Inspired by the Moskstraumen, it is couched as a story within a story, a tale told at the summit of a mountain climb. The story is told by an old man who reveals that he only appears old - "You suppose me a...

The People of the Black Circle

The Moon Maid

von Edgar Rice Burroughs

In the late twentieth century, Admiral Julian 3rd can get no rest, for he knows his future. He will be reborn as his grandson in the next century to journey through space and make an ominous discovery inside...

Black Colossus

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?

How It Feels To Die, By One Who Has Tried It; and Other Stories

von Grant Allen

This is a collection of stories by Grant Allen, published in various years. The title story is personal. Allen nearly drowned when he fell through the ice while skating as a boy in Canada, and wrote about the...

The Curse of Yig

von Howard Phillips Lovecraft

"The Curse of Yig" is a short story by H. P. Lovecraft and Zealia Bishop in which Yig, "The Father of Serpents", is first introduced.