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Spell of Catastrophe

The Dance of Gods #1

by Mayer Alan Brenner

For a change, Max was not actually on the run, which is to say that he didn't think anyone in particular was after him. Of course, his perception (which happened to be wrong) did not materially change the situation....

The Four Days' Night

by Fred Merrick White

Another in the "Doom of London" series, in which the author sounds a clarion call of potential disasters that may fall upon the great city. Here he relates a tale of air pollution. Excerpt: They crawled along...

A Raw Youth

Under the Greenwood Tree

by Thomas Hardy

The plot concerns the activities of a group of church musicians, the Mellstock parish choir, one of whom, Dick Dewy, becomes romantically entangled with a comely new school mistress, Fancy Day. The novel opens...

The Red One

by Jack London

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

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

The Romance of the Secret Service Fund

by Fred Merrick White

Six spy-stories published in the US edition of Pearson's Magazine, Jul-Dec 1900. This series features Newton Moore, the top agent of a fictitious branch of the British War Office called "The Secret Service Fund."...

The Good Soldier

by Ford Madox Ford

A chronicle of the tragedies in the lives of two seemingly ''perfect couples'' whose lives are far from perfect, this novel was loosely based on two real-life incidents of adultery and on Ford's own messy personal...

The Dust of Death:  The Story of the Great Plague of the Twentieth Century

by Fred Merrick White

A short story in the "Doom of London" series. It begins: "The front door bell tinkled impatiently; evidently somebody was in a hurry. Alan Hubert answered the call, a thing that even a distinguished physician...

The House by the Church-Yard

Riceyman Steps

James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction 1923

by Arnold Bennett

The story takes place in 1919-1920 and deals with the final year in the life of its main character, Henry Earlforward, a miser, who keeps a second-hand bookshop in the Clerkenwell area of London. Henry marries...

Anda's Game


by George du Maurier

Trilby (1894) is a gothic horror novel by George du Maurier and one of the most popular novels of its time, perhaps the second best selling novel of the Fin de siècle period after Bram Stoker's Dracula. Trilby...

Topper Takes a Trip

The Man who bought London

William Wilson

The White People

Tarzan and the Lion-Man

The Wild Knight and Other Poems

The Dragon Tamers