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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...


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,...


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...


The Plattner Story: And Others

by H. G. Wells

Though Wells is best remembered as a trailblazer in the genre of science fiction, he worked masterfully in many genres, and often combined elements of several styles within the space of a single tale. The short...


Albert Savarus

by Honore de Balzac & Ellen Marriage

An extract from Honore de Balzac's vast story cycle The Human Comedy, the novel Albert Savarus details the dramatic twists and turns in a budding love affair between Albert, a young lawyer with literary ambitions,...


Poor Relations: Cousin Betty and Cousin Pons

by Honore de Balzac, James Waring & Ellen Marriage

This diptych is part of Honore de Balzac's epic masterpiece, The Human Comedy. It comprises two stories, "Cousin Betty" and "Cousin Pons," each of which delve deeply into complicated family dynamics and the...


In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories

by Robert Barr

Born in Scotland and raised in Canada, travel was a part of author Robert Barr's life from a very young age. His wanderlust continued throughout his life, and Barr passed many months on round-the-world sea voyages....


Taking Chances

by Clarence L. Cullen

If you're a gambling man (or woman), the fast-paced stories collected in Taking Chances will hit you like a jolt of adrenaline. Originally published in the New York Sun, these tales of triumphs and defeats at...


Adventures in the Moon: And Other Worlds

by John Russell

Originally published anonymously, this early volume of fantasy tales was later attributed to Lord John Russell (who later became the Earl of Russell). Ranging from extraterrestrial adventures to philosophical...