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The Bridge of the Gods

by Frederic Homer Balch

This tale of the Indians of the far West has fairly earned its lasting popularity, not only by the intense interest of the story, but by its faithful delineations of Indian character.

The Mysterious Card

by Cleveland Moffett

(This has been called one of the two most famous riddle stories of all time, along with "The Lady, or the Tiger?" by Frank Stockton.) Burwell, a New Yorker in Paris, during intermission at the Folies Bergère...

Unwise Child

by Randall Garrett

When a super-robot named Snookums discovers how to build his own superbombs, it becomes obvious that Earth is by no means the safest place for him to be. And so Dr. Fitzhugh, his designer, and Leda Crannon,...

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

by Mary Wollstonecraft

Writing in an age when the call for the rights of man had brought revolution to America and France, Mary Wollstonecraft produced her own declaration of female independence in 1792. Passionate and forthright,...

A Girl of the Limberlost

by Gene Stratton-Porter

A Girl of the Limberlost is considered a classic of Indiana literature. The story takes place in Indiana, in and around the Limberlost Swamp - at that time, a site of heavy logging and natural oil extraction....

A Stable for Nightmares

Tarzan and the Lost Empire

The Island Mystery

by George A. Birmingham

In 1914 there were not twenty men in England who had ever heard of the island of Salissa. Even now—I am writing in the spring of 1917—the public is very badly informed about the events which gave the island...

The Ghost-Extinguisher

by Frank Gelett Burgess

This short story must have been the inspiration for the popular movie "Ghost Busters" (1984). The humorist-author here tells the tale of a scientist-philosopher who invents devices to capture ghosts and sets...

The Story of Doctor Dolittle

by Hugh Lofting

The adventures of a kind-hearted doctor, who is fond of animals and understands their language, as he travels to Africa with some of his favorite pets to cure the monkeys of a terrible sickness. Source: Google...

Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow

The Beast in the Cave


Tarzan and the Lion-Man

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 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...

The Watcher by the Threshold

Four Just Men

by Edgar Wallace

These are stories of the Four Just Men, Edgar Wallace's famous characters known to the wider public principally as a result of the early television series of the same name. The source material is, of course,...

The Lady in the Looking-Glass

Four Max Carrados Detective Stories

by Ernest Bramah Smith

The adventures of a blind detective in London, featuring four compact mysteries: The Coin of Dionysius, The Knight's Cross Signal Problem, The Tragedy at Brookbend Cottage & The Last Exploit of Harry the Actor.