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The Washer of the Ford: Legendary Moralities and Barbaric Tales

by Fiona MacLeod

This satisfyingly diverse collection of ancient and medieval short stories and fables will please readers with an interest in folklore and mythology. Some have their roots in the Gaelic tradition, while others...


Vanitas: Polite Stories

by Vernon Lee

When viewed in light of the fact that "Vernon Lee" was actually a pseudonym for female writer Violet Paget, the engaging tales collected in Vanitas become all the more interesting. These stories cast light on...


The Purcell Papers

by Sheridan Le Fanu

The Purcell Papers is a comprehensive collection of Sheridan Le Fanu's early short stories, and they reflect his interest in Irish folklore, as well as his burgeoning fascination with the supernatural. Some...


Two Ghostly Mysteries: A Chapter in the History of a Tyrone Family and The Murdered Cousin

by Sheridan Le Fanu

Regarded by many as the unsurpassed master of the Victorian ghost story, Sheridan Le Fanu combines keen insight into the culture of his native Ireland with tried and true conventions of the genre. This volume...


Words for the Wise

by T. S. Arthur

American author Timothy Shaw Arthur gained widespread acclaim in the nineteenth century by penning a series of stories with strong moral themes. The collection Words for the Wise brings together a number of...


Eve and David

by Honore de Balzac & Ellen Marriage

The novel Eve and David is the third entry in Honore de Balzac's Lost Illusions trilogy, which in turn is part of his larger novel cycle, The Human Comedy. The story focuses on a pair of earnest, good-hearted...


Gobseck

by Honore de Balzac & Ellen Marriage

An extract from Honore de Balzac's sweeping novel cycle The Human Comedy, Gobseck is a novella that recounts the social ascendancy of young Anastasie de Restaud. Born into a wealthy family, Anastasie marries...


The Strong Arm: And Other Stories

by Robert Barr

Immerse yourself in this enthralling collection of short stories set in what is now Germany in the early Middle Ages. Damsels in distress, chivalrous knights, gloomy castles, and heated battlefield contests...


The Isles of Sunset

by Arthur Christopher Benson

Ironically, the tales of fantasy and the supernatural collected in the volume The Isles of Sunset, which would become some of Arthur Christopher Benson's best-known work, were probably never intended for publication....


All the Anxious Girls on Earth: Stories

by Zsuzsi Gartner

All the Anxious Girls on Earth marks the debut of a startingly original literary voice. Zsuzsi Gartner's exuberant prose gives voice to unforgettable characters who survive by their wits as they cope with indifferent...


Painting the Corners: Off-Center Baseball Fiction

by Bob Weintraub

“Imaginative baseball stories for long rain delays and hot stove league nights.” —Darryl Brock, author of If I Never Get Back and Two in the Field

Bob Weintraub’s marvelous collection of baseball stories...


Numbers in the Dark

by Italo Calvino & Tim Parks

A posthumously published collection of short stories that span the breadth of Italo Calvino's career.


Family Furnishings: Selected Stories, 1995-2014

by Alice Munro

From the winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature—and one of our most beloved writers—a new selection of her peerless short fiction, gathered from the collections of the last two decades, a companion...


The Hidden Light of Objects

by Mai Al-Nakib

For fans of Alice Munro and Lorrie Moore.

A young girl, renamed Amerika in honour of the US role in the liberation of Kuwait, finds her name has become a barometer of her country's growing hostility towards the...


The Devil's Tub: Collected Stories

by Edward Hoagland

Edward Hoagland, best known for his essays, is also an extraordinary writer as fiction, as readers of his stories “The Final Fate of Alligators” and “Kwan's Coney Island” can attest. First published...


The Great Frustration: Stories

by Seth Fried

Channeling Steven Millhauser by way of George Saunders, The Great Frustration is a sparkling debut, equal parts fable and wry satire. Seth Fried balances the dark—a town besieged, a yearly massacre, the harem...


The Collected Stories of Frank Herbert

by Frank Herbert

Frank Herbert, the New York Times bestselling author of Dune, is one of the most celebrated and commercially successful science fiction writers of all time. But while best known for originating the character...


You Are My Heart and Other Stories

by Jay Neugeboren

A vibrant collection of deeply intelligent stories from "one of our most honored writers of literary fiction."


"In the Days of Serfdom" and Other Stories

by Leo Tolstoy, Louise Maude & Aylmer Maude

"In the Days of Serfdom" and Other Stories presents in miniature themes developed in Tolstoy's longer works. All the stories are compelling reading, but because of their general unavailability, they have been...


American Blues

by Evan Guilford-Blake

The Blues are rooted in the American mind and soul. Each era has its own, and each is both the same and different, just like the people who know them, and play them, and live them. Here are five powerful stories...