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The Wanderer in Unknown Realms: A Novella

by John Connolly

“Books alter men, and men, in their turn, alter worlds.”

Soter is a man who has been haunted by World War I. But when he’s sent to investigate the disappearance of Lionel Maudling, the owner of a grand...


The Secret Lives of People in Love: Stories

by Simon Van Booy

The Secret Lives of People in Love is the first short story collection by award-winning writer Simon Van Booy. These stories, set in Kentucky, New York, Paris, Rome, and Greece, are a perfect synthesis of intensity...


Friendly Fire

by Alaa Al Aswany

Alaa Al Aswany has won resounding critical acclaim for his deft and moving portrayals of the lives of contemporary Egyptians who constantly examine their relationship with Egypt's history, religion, class, and...


Look at the Birdie (Short Story)

by Kurt Vonnegut

Look at the Birdie is a collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fiction. In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes, written just...


Poachers

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Short Story 1999

by Tom Franklin

In ten stunning and bleak tales set in the woodlands, swamps and chemical plants along the Alabama River, Tom Franklin stakes his claim as a fresh, original Southern voice. His lyric, deceptively simple prose...


Confido

by Kurt Vonnegut

Look at the Birdie is a collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fiction. In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes, written just...


The Horror in the Museum

by H.P. Lovecraft

“H. P. Lovecraft has yet to be surpassed as the twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale.”

–Stephen King

“Lovecraft’s fiction is one of the cornerstones of modern horror.”...


The First Lie

by Diane Chamberlain

An e-original short story that sets the stage for bestselling author Diane Chamberlain’s novel Necessary Lies (September 2013).

The First Lie gives readers an early glimpse into the life of thirteen-year-old...


The Case of the Perfect Maid

by Agatha Christie

Previously published in the print anthology Three Blind Mice and Other Stories.

A maid is blamed for stealing from her employer, but the culprit may be somebody else entirely.


Dead Man's Mirror

by Agatha Christie

Previously published in the print anthology Murder in the Mews: Four Cases of Hercule Poirot.

Hercule Poirot attends an auction and gets much more than he bid on: a disputed will, gunshots, and ancient Egyptian...


The Lemesurier Inheritance

by Agatha Christie

Previously published in the print anthology Poirot's Early Cases.

The Lemesurier family is plagued by a medieval curse, ensuring that no firstborn son will ever receive his inheritance. Can Hercule Poirot solve...


The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb

by Agatha Christie

Previously published in the print anthology Poirot Investigates.

A series of deaths around a pharaoh’s tomb is blamed on an ancient curse, but Poirot knows better.


The Chocolate Box

by Agatha Christie

Previously published in the print anthology Poirot’s Early Cases.

Poirot investigates a murder in which the only clue is a box of chocolates


The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge

by Agatha Christie

Previously published in the print anthology Poirot Investigates.

Poirot tasks his friends with solving a murder that is more like a riddle.


The Adventure of the Cheap Flat

by Agatha Christie

Previously published in the print anthology Poirot Investigates.

When a redheaded stranger gossips to party guests that she has rented an amazing apartment at a bargain rate, Poirot smells a rat.


The Blue Geranium

by Agatha Christie

Previously published in the print anthology The Thirteen Problems.

A woman is warned by a psychic of the evil and danger in her house. On a full moon, she must watch for the signs: blue primrose means caution,...


The Mysterious Stranger

by Mark Twain

In the last extended piece of fiction from beloved American fiction writer and humorist Mark Twain, Satan proudly surveys fin-de-siecle civilization and marvels at its hypocrisies. Twain was heavily invested...


Lodusky

by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Born in England, Frances Hodgson Burnett emigrated to Knoxville, Tennessee with her family at the age of 16. Faced with financial hardship, she began to write fiction and non-fiction pieces as a means of making...


Little Dumber Boy

by B.K. Stephens

Will's aunt wants him to spend some time with his estranged son at Christmas. All Will wants is to knock off his girlfriend's husband and collect a share of the life insurance policy. Unfortunately, when you...


Stories of Five Decades

by Hermann Hesse

This selection of twenty-three stories (twenty available in English for the first time) offers a spectrum of Hesse's writing from 1899 to 1948 that could be matched only by an edition of his poetry, since in...