BLOOD DREAMS AND OTHER STORIES is a collection of horror/supernatural/thriller stories that attempts to answer the following questions:
--Is accepting a dinner invitation always a good thing?
--Can mannequins come to life?
--Can humans disappear into sinkholes and survive?
--When are dreams real?
--Where do the elderly disappear?
--Are stories true?
--What do gravediggers really do?
--When is a woman not a woman?
--Should women always stick together?
--When are road trips not fun?
--How would you feel trapped inside your body?
--What happens when the earth is overpopulated?
Mary Mackay was born on the 1st May 1855 in London.
At the age of 11 she was sent to a Parisian convent to further her education and returned to Britain four years later in 1870.
She began her career as a musician, giving piano recitals under the pseudonym of ‘Marie Corelli’ which she now also used as she turned to life as a writer. She published her first novel in 1866. From that point until World War I her popularity and sales exceeded those of Arthur Conan Doyle, H G Wells, and Rudyard Kipling, although she also faced criticism from the literary elite for her melodramatic writing. She was also fairly prolific; in total she wrote some 30 novels and short story collections.
A recurring theme in Corelli's books is her attempt to reconcile Christianity with reincarnation, astral projection as well as other mystical ideas that she was drawn too. She was also closely associated with the Fraternitas Rosae Crucis; a Rosicrucian and mystical organisation.
Corelli spent her final years in Stratford-upon-Avon and fought hard to preserve its 17th-century buildings. She was also somewhat eccentric boating on the Avon in a gondola, complete with gondolier, whom she had brought over from Venice.
For over forty years, Corelli lived with her devoted companion, Bertha Vyver.
During World War I she was convicted of food hoarding which shocked her paying public. From that point she wrote little and sold little.
Marie Corelli died in Stratford on the 21st April 1924. Later her beloved Bertha was buried alongside her.
This recording is presented by AudioWhale Classics and has been digitally produced, by DeepZen Limited, using a synthesized version of an audiobook narrator’s voice under license. DeepZen uses Emotive Speech Technology to create digital narrations that offer a similar listening experience to human narration.The Metamorphosis was first published in 1915 and is one of the seminal works of fiction of the 20th century. The novel is the masterpiece of Franz Kafka, who is cited as a key influence for many of today’s leading authors and is one of the most influential writers of the 20th Century.Traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, wakes to find himself transformed into a large, monstrous insect-like creature. The cause of Gregor's transformation is never revealed, and as he attempts to adjust to his new condition he becomes a burden to his parents and sister, who are repelled by the horrible, verminous creature Gregor has become.
A collection of beloved short stories starring the Scottish seaman and his quirky crew. Master mariner Para Handy, a.k.a. Peter Macfarlane, has been sailing his way into the affections of generations of Scots since he first weighed anchor in the pages of the Glasgow Evening News in 1905. He and his crew—Dougie the mate, Macphail the Engineer, Sunny Jim, and the Tar—all play their parts in evoking the irresistible atmosphere of a bygone age when puffers sailed between West Highland ports and the great city of Glasgow. This definitive edition contains all three collections of short stories published in the author’s lifetime, as well as those that were unpublished, and a new story that was discovered in 2001. Extensive notes accompany each story, providing fascinating insights into colloquialisms, place-names, and historical events. This volume also includes a wealth of contemporary photographs, depicting the harbors, steamers, and puffers from the age of the Vital Spark.
The Castle of Otranto is a 1764 novel by Horace Walpole. It is generally held to be the first gothic novel, initiating a literary genre which would become extremely popular in the later 18th century and early 19th century. Thus, Castle, and Walpole by extension is arguably the forerunner to such authors as Ann Radcliffe, Bram Stoker, Daphne du Maurier, and Stephen King.
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