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The Man Who Would be King

by Rudyard Kipling

The Man Who Would be King (1888) is a short story by Rudyard Kipling chronicling the adventures of two British men who become kings in Kafiristan (now a province of Afghanistan).

The Virgin and the Gipsy

Youth

by Isaac Asimov

Red and Slim found the two strange little animals the morning after they heard the thunder sounds. They knew that they could never show their new pets to their parents.

Warrior of the Light - Volume 2

by Paulo Coelho

“Warrior of the Light” is a collection of texts that, for the first time, are gathered from the internet writings of Paulo Coelho. In his inimitable style, Paulo Coelho helps us to discover the warrior of...

The Masque of the Red Death

by Edgar Allan Poe

"The Masque of the Red Death", originally published as "The Mask of the Red Death", is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe and first published in 1842. The story follows Prince Prospero's attempts to avoid...

The Three Strangers

A Haunted House

by Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf's intention to publish her short stories is carried out in this volume, posthumously collected by her husband, Leonard Woolf. Containing six of eight stories from Monday or Tuesday, seven that...

Beyond Lies the Wub

by Philip K. Dick

The slovenly wub might well have said: Many men talk like philosophers and live like fools.

The Crimson Fairy Book

by Andrew Lang

A collection of fairy tales.

Cabbages and Kings

by O. Henry

A series of stories which each explore some individual aspect of life in a paralytically sleepy Central American town while each advancing some aspect of the larger plot and relating back one to another in a...

The Grey Fairy Book

by Andrew Lang

The tales in the Grey Fairy Book are derived from many countries—Lithuania, various parts of Africa, Germany, France, Greece, and other regions of the world.

The Yellow Fairy Book

by Andrew Lang

The Editor thinks that children will readily forgive him for publishing another Fairy Book. We have had the Blue, the Red, the Green, and here is the Yellow. If children are pleased, and they are so kind as...

The Shadow out of Time

by Howard Phillips Lovecraft

"The Shadow Out of Time" indirectly tells of the Great Race of Yith, an extraterrestrial species with the ability to travel through space and time. The Yithians accomplish this by switching bodies with hosts...

The Orange Fairy Book

by Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang's Fairy Books — also known as Andrew Lang's "Coloured" Fairy Books or Andrew Lang's Fairy Books of Many Colors — are a series of twelve collections of fairy tales, published between 1889 and...

The Gift of the Magi

by O. Henry

Jim Dillingham Young and his wife Della are a young couple who are very much in love with each other, but can barely afford their one-room apartment opposite the elevated train due to their very bad economic...

The Yellow Wallpaper

by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

"The Yellow Wallpaper" is a 6,000-word short story by American writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, first published in January 1892 in New England Magazine. It is regarded as an important early work of American...

The Nightingale and the Rose

by 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...

In a Grove

by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa

"In a Grove" is an early modernist short story consisting of seven varying accounts of the murder of a samurai, Kanazawa no Takehiro, whose corpse has been found in a bamboo forest near Kyoto. Each section simultaneously...

The Misplaced Battleship

by 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 Wisdom of Father Brown

by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

From London to Cornwall, then to Italy and France, a short, shabby priest runs to earth bandits, traitors, killers. Why is he so successful? The reason is that after years spent in the priesthood, Father Brown...