This early work by Sheridan Le Fanu was originally published in 1872. Born in Dublin in 1814, he came from a literary family of Huguenot origins; both his grandmother Alicia Sheridan Le Fanu and his great-uncle Richard Brinsley Sheridan were playwrights, and his niece Rhoda Broughton would go on to become a successful novelist. Le Fanu entered Trinity College, Dublin to study law. While there, he was elected Auditor of the College Historical Society, and between 1838 and 1840 published his first series of short stories, which were later collected as The Purcell Papers. At his peak, le Fanu was the leading ghost-story writer of the nineteenth century, and he is now seen as central to the development of the genre in the Victorian era. His work is credited with turning the Gothic's focus from the external sources of horror to the inward effects of terror, thus helping to create the psychological basis for supernaturalist literature that continues to this day. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900's and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions.
Cameron’s collection of witty and insightful stories reveals individuals seeking love, stability, and acceptanceThe characters in Far-Flung, Peter Cameron’s second story collection, face a familiar dilemma: They aspire to happiness but are trapped in difficult lives not of their choosing. In “Just Relax,” a young woman jaded by attempts to travel (and save) the world returns home to become a Pilgrim reenactor in a theme park. In “Not the Point,” a mother tries to connect with her teenage son after his twin brother’s suicide. And in “The Secret Dog,” a man stuck in a futile marriage dreams up a loyal, affectionate, and completely imaginary compensatory pet . Whether trapped in the flat, bleak fields of rural Indiana, in a lonely walk-up in New York City, or in their own heads, the characters of Far-Flung are all deftly handled with the compassion and humor that mark Cameron’s best work.
Four decades ago, Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Lawrence Block introduced the world to one of his most beloved and enduring creations: Bernie Rhodenbarr, the clever, nimble-fingered star of novels such as Burglars Can't Be Choosers, The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling, and The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons. Called “the Heifetz of the picklock” by The New York Times, Bernie has stolen not only antiques, stamp collections, and priceless works of art but also millions of audiences' hearts.
Now, for all those craving more adventures of their favorite bookseller-by-day and burglar-by-night, The Burglar in Short Order for the first time ever collects all of Bernie's short-form appearances in one complete volume. From the story in which a prototype of Bernie first appeared (“A Bad Night for Burglars”) to his appearances in Playboy and (maybe? It's kinda complicated) Cosmopolitan...from an essay discussing Bernie's misadventures in Hollywood (how in the world did Whoopi Goldberg ever get cast?) to a piece commissioned by a European publisher for a tourist guide to New York...you'll find every published story, article, and stand-alone excerpt Bernie has ever appeared in—plus two new, unpublished pieces: an introduction discussing the character's colorful origins and an afterword in which the author, contemplating retirement, comes face to face with his own creation.
In all of mystery fiction, there has never been a character like Bernie—and in this, his dozenth book, he demonstrates all the charm and wit and kleptophilic ingenuity that has made two generations of audienes welcome their favorite burglar into their homes.
The Squealer This book is very best in Action Adventure, Thrillers and Mystery Short stories. You are sure to enjoy these fabulous Detective stories all award winners and best of selections! Highest Recommendation! Listen to one today! Detective books come highly recommended and its one you’ll really enjoy.
Stories are one of mankind’s greatest artistic achievements. Whether written down or spoken they have an ability to capture our imagination and thoughts, and take us on incredible journeys in the space of a phrase and the turn of a page.
Within a few words of text or speech, new worlds and characters form, propelling a narrative to a conclusion with intricate ease. Finely crafted, perfectly formed these Miniature Masterpieces, at first thought, seem remarkably easy to conjure up. But ask any writer and they will tell you that distilling the essence of narrative and characters into a short story is one of the hardest acts of their literary craft. Many attempt, but few achieve.
A collection of World War I short fiction by the author of the memoir And We Go On. Nova Scotia–born Will R. Bird miraculously survived the First World War and returned to Nova Scotia. Determined to tell the stories of the brave soldiers who served, Bird became one of the most prolific authors on the subject, completing works of both fiction and nonfiction. For nearly two decades following the war, Bird published war stories in magazines and periodicals, which have now gone out of print and were never digitized, and the stories had long fallen into obscurity—until now. Carefully curated by author and editor Thomas Hodd, A Soldier’s Place is a selection of fifteen of Bird’s best combat stories, based on the experiences of himself and of others, covering all aspects of the war effort and following brave Canadian, American, and Australian soldiers.
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