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The Confessions of Arsene Lupin

by Maurice Leblanc

French writer Maurice Leblanc was heavily influenced by Arthur Conan Doyle's creation Sherlock Holmes. After devising several characters inspired by Holmes, Leblanc hit his stride with Arsene Lupin, a criminal...


Graveyard of Dreams

by H. Beam Piper

This classic science fiction tale from H. Beam Piper takes place in the Federation universe that served as the setting for many of his stories. In the distant future, the inhabitants of the strange planet Poictesme...


Madam Crowl's Ghost and The Dead Sexton

by Sheridan Le Fanu

Irish writer Sheridan Le Fanu gained fame as a master creator of horror stories. Indeed, many critics cite Le Fanu as being central to the skyrocketing popularity of the genre during the late Victorian period....


Green Tea and Mr. Justice Harbottle

by Sheridan Le Fanu

Irish master of gothic horror Sherdian Le Fanu does it again with the two stories collected in this volume. Though both are distinct tales that will leave your spine tingling, they share a common theme: an ordinary...


The Angels of Mons

by Arthur Machen

Early in his career, Welsh author Arthur Machen got caught up in an unusual controversy when "The Bowmen," a fictional tale he published about supernatural beings coming to the aid of British soldiers during...


The Works of Edgar Allan Poe

by Edgar Allan Poe

It is virtually impossible to overstate Edgar Allan Poe's importance in the field of American literature. He is credited not only with inventing or significantly advancing the short story, detective fiction,...


The Honour of the Flag: And Other Stories

by William Clark Russell

Set sail for classic high seas adventure with this eclectic volume of short stories from William Clark Russell. Ranging from straightforward nautical action in the traditional vein to tales with a terrifying...


The Wind in the Rose-Bush: And Other Stories of the Supernatural

by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

Author Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman gained acclaim in her time as a chronicler of life in rural New England. In this creepy collection of supernatural tales, Freeman makes full use of both her spare, skillful...


The Funny Bone: Short Stories and Amusing Anecdotes for a Dull Hour

by Henry Martyn Kieffer

Whether you're looking for a quick pick-me-up after a lousy day or something pleasant to pass the time while you're waiting in line, the eclectic collection The Funny Bone is just the ticket. Packed with poems,...


Adolescents Only

by Irving E. Cox

This classic sci-fi tale is sure to send chills up your spine, especially if you're under the age of 20. One night, an unusual object lights up the sky, and soon afterwards, a local high school teacher begins...


Love Story

by Irving E. Cox

On one level, this witty short story describes a future in which traditional gender roles are reversed and men have quite literally become enslaved to the capricious whims of their female masters. On another...


Told in the Coffee House: Turkish Tales

by Cyrus Adler

Arkansas-born educator and scholar Cyrus Adler had the opportunity to spend a significant amount of time in and around Constantinople in the late nineteenth century. During his time there, he became fascinated...


French Short Stories

by Various

Whether you're a longtime fan of French fiction or just beginning to explore the genre, this wide-ranging collection of short stories is an excellent grab-bag of tales from one of Europe's literary hotspots....


The Ten-Foot Chain: Or

by Achmed Abdullah, Max Brand & E. K. Means

This unique collection of short stories came about when a dinnertime conversation led to the following question being posed: What would happen if a man and woman were forced to spend several days shackled to...


Our Casualty and Other Stories

by George A. Birmingham

"George A. Birmingham" was one of the pen names used by James Owen Hannay, a lifelong Church of Ireland minister who also wrote novels and short stories. The tales collected in Our Casualty and Other Stories...


The Girl from the Marsh Croft: And Other Stories

by Selma Lagerlof & Velma Swanston Howard

This collection of stories from Nobel Prize-winning writer Selma Lagerlof offers up fascinating facets of life from turn-of-the-twentieth-century Sweden. Many of the tales are almost fable-like in their simplicity,...


The Star Lord

by Boyd Ellanby

Biochemist William Boyd produced a number of influential and well-respected short stories under the pen name "Boyd Ellanby." In the novella "The Star Lord," the state-of-the-art spacecraft of the same name is...


Category Phoenix

by Boyd Ellanby

Biochemist William Boyd was a close friend of Robert Oppenheimer, the creator of the atomic bomb. In his spare time, Boyd dabbled in writing science fiction under the pen name "Boyd Ellanby," and though his...


Action Front

by Boyd Cable

In the midst of World War I, writer Boyd Cable carved out a niche for himself by collecting factual nuggets from the front lines of the conflict and using them as the foundation for gritty, action-packed short...


Invisible Links

by Selma Lagerlof

Step into Scandinavia with this charming collection of tales from acclaimed Swedish author Selma Lagerlof. In terms of subject matter, the tales range from realistic portraits of rural family life to fanciful...