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The Minister's Black Veil

The Things that Make Me Weak and Strange Get Engineered Away

The Red One

by Jack London

Features the haunting title novella, well worth comparing to Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness."

The Dragon Tamers

The Scarlet Citadel

Young Goodman Brown

The Queen of Spades

by Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin

Pushkin's story tells of the Russianized German card player, Hermann--an engineer in the army in Russia--who becomes obsessed with the secret of three consecutive winning cards after hearing a story about an...

Missing Link

by Frank Herbert

"Missing Link" is vintage Frank Herbert. It tells the story of Lewis Orne, junior I-A field man, on the planet Gienah III. He is there to investigate a missing ship, and the natives are nothing but trouble...

The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories

by Lord Dunsany

The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories is the third 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. It was...

The K-Factor

by Harry Harrison

Speed never hurt anybody--it's the sudden stop at the end. It's not how much change that signals danger, but how fast it's changing....

Industrial Revolution

by Poul William Anderson

Ever think how deadly a thing it is if a machine has amnesia—or how easily it can be arranged....

Dutch Courage and Other Stories

by Jack London

A collection of very early stories published posthumously, with a preface by his wife Charmian.

In the Dark

Black Colossus

The Devil in the Belfry

by Edgar Allan Poe

In an isolated town called Vondervotteimittis (wonder-what-time-it-is), the punctilious inhabitants seem to be concerned with nothing but clocks and cabbage. This methodical, boring and quiet little borough...

The Diamond as Big as the Ritz

by Francis Scott Fitzgerald

The story tells of John T. Unger, a teenager from the town of Hades, Mississippi, who was sent to a private boarding school in Boston. During the summer he would visit the homes of his classmates, the vast majority...

The Duel

Hellhound of the Cosmos

by Clifford Donald Simak

Dimensional degeneration.

Green Tea

A Stable for Nightmares