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The Machine Stops

by E. M. Forster

The Machine Stops is a short science fiction story. It describes a world in which almost all humans have lost the ability to live on the surface of the Earth. Each individual lives in isolation in a 'cell',...

Juvenilia – Volume III

by Jane Austen

Perhaps as early as 1787, Austen began to write poems, stories, and plays for her own and her family's amusement. Austen later compiled "fair copies" of these early works into three bound notebooks, now referred...

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 Violet Fairy Book

by Andrew Lang

This is a new collection of Fairy stories in continuation of the series which "The Blue Fairy Book" was the initial volume.

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...

The Pit and the Pendulum

by Edgar Allan Poe

"The Pit and the Pendulum" is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe and first published in 1842. The story is about the torments endured by a prisoner of the Spanish Inquisition, though Poe skews historical...

Stories for Parents, Children and Grandchildren - Volume 1

by Paulo Coelho

“Stories for Parents, Children and Grandchildren” is a stroll through the universal traditions and legends, lulled by the unforgettable magic words “Once upon a time…” This book by Paulo Coelho contains...

The Crimson Fairy Book

by Andrew Lang

A collection of fairy tales.

When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth

by Cory Doctorow

The heroic exploits of "sysadmins" — systems administrators — as they defend the cyber-world, and hence the world at large, from worms and bioweapons.

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 Awakening & Other Short Stories

by Kate Chopin

The Awakening shocked turn-of-the-century readers with its forthright treatment of sex and suicide. Departing from literary convention, Kate Chopin failed to condemn her heroine's desire for an affair with the...

Curious, If True: Strange Tales

by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

A collection of five spooky Victorian stories.

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 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 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 Crystal Crypt

by Philip K. Dick

Stark terror ruled the Inner-Flight ship on that last Mars-Terra run. For the black-clad Leiters were on the prowl ... and the grim red planet was not far behind.

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 Cask of Amontillado

by Edgar Allan Poe

"The Cask of Amontillado" (sometimes spelled "The Casque of Amontillado") is a short story, written by Edgar Allan Poe and first published in the November 1846 issue of Godey's Lady's Book. The story is set...

Beyond Lies the Wub

by Philip K. Dick

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

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Stories From 'The Sun'

by Edward Page Mitchell

Later described as "the lost giant of American science fiction," Edward Page Mitchell wrote many science fiction and fantasy short stories in the 1870's to 1890's, nearly all of which were published anonymously...