This early work by Sheridan Le Fanu was originally published in 1864. 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.
CAIN’T DO NOTHING WITH LOVE was the winner of the CIPA EVVY Audio Book Award 2014. The stories have been downloaded over 55,000 times. All stories treat the most difficult topics—death, religion, family—with sharp humor and urgent respect.
A lonely young woman in Florence, Alabama reacts to the sudden death of her boyfriend by connecting with his killer. Full of dark humor, Lucky Critters first appeared in The Peralta Press, the winner of its 2K2 Award.
ROLLERBLADER FOR JESUS
A fifth-grader in rural Mississippi who is intent on being the smartest girl in her class sees Jesus in her closet; he advises her to “Skate On.” Told with irreverent humor, Rollerblader for Jesus first appeared in Gulf Coast Literary Journal.
AINT' NO COMMIES 'ROUND HERE
An aging farmer in Tuscumbia, Alabama must learn to love his grown-up nephew, even if the young man is a liberal hippie freak. Ain't No Commies 'Round Here is a poignant story about the importance of family relationships in a changing world.
BABY DOG, PEEWEE NED, AND THE DEVIL'S NAKED BUTT
Grief over the death of her parents leads a young woman in Memphis, Tennessee to invite the Devil into her home. A story of humor and longing, Baby Dog first appeared in Hurricane Review.
IT DOES NO GOOD WHATSOEVER TO STAY BITTER
A former addict in rural Mississippi must decide how to react to her family’s lack of support for her recovery program. It Does No Good Whatsoever to Stay Bitter treats several touchy topics—addiction, family strife, and sexual identity—with acerbic humor.
SUPERMAN AT THE MANOR
The son of a retirement home resident in Charlotte, North Carolina arrives at the nursing home's Happy Hour in his Halloween costume. Using poignant humor, Superman at the Manor explores a son’s rocky relationship with his mother.
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"A Chameleon" is a short sketch about the occurrence at the town square, where the main characters were a craftsman Hryukin, policeman Otchumyelov and stray puppy, surprisingly turned to be a property of the general's brother. Hearing about the bite suddenly turns into a scene of Otchumelov's attempts to save face in front of the curious crowd and maneuver between his ambitions and subservience. It is obvious that the story contains a satirical generalization. Psychology of this early story is not expressed verbally, not through the inner speech of the characters and not through the speech of the author-narrator, but through the external behavior - gestures, facial expressions, body movements, actions.A SmartTouch Media production.
GOTHIC TALES OF TERROR - VOLUME 6. This collection of short stories contains several gothic tales to bear macabre and chilling witness to writers as diverse as Charles Dickens, HP Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe and Jerome K Jerome. These tales are designed to unsettle you, just a little, as you sit back, and take in their words as they lead you on a walk to places you’d perhaps rather not visit on your own. Our stories are The Signalman by Charles Dickens, The Call of Cthulhu by HP Lovecraft, The Pit & The Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe and The Wisdom Of Uncle Podger by Jerome K Jerome. These stories are read for you by many readers including Ian Holm, Garrick Hagan and Richard Mitchley
Here you will find the complete novels of Mark Twain1. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Starts at Chapter 1 2. The Prince and the Pauper Starts at Chapter 373. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Starts at Chapter 704. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Starts at Chapter 1135. The American Claimant Starts at Chapter 1586. Tom Sawyer Abroad Starts at Chapter 1847. Pudd'nhead Wilson Starts at Chapter 1978. Tom Sawyer, Detective Starts at Chapter 2199. A Horse's Tale Starts at Chapter 23010. The Mysterious Stranger Starts at Chapter 24511. The War Prayer Starts at Chapter 25612. The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras Starts at Chapter 25713. The Million Pound Bank Note Starts at Chapter 25814. Hunting the Deceitful Turkey Starts at Chapter 26015. The McWilliamses and the Burglar Alarm Starts at Chapter 261
Four stories by the Booker Prize-winning author.
Four stories by the Booker Prize-winning author. Includes "The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios," "the Time I Heard the Private Donald J. Ranking String Concerto with One Discordant Violin, by the American Composer John Morton," "Manners of Dying," and "The Mirror Machine," each in its entirety. Written earlier in Martel's career, these tales display that startling mix of dazzle and depth that have made Yann Martel an international phenomenon.
Dion William Palgrave Clayton Calthrop (1878 - 1937) is best known as a popular writer of humorous stories and an illustrator.The Abandonment of Miss Plum is the tale of Alice Honoria Plum, a 19-year-old orphan who takes a dull position as companion to an elderly lady - although secretly she dreams of travel and the high life. When two years later the old lady dies and leaves a fortune to Alice Honoria, she determines to travel to Paris for a 'fling'.
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