A Comic Book Artist and Musician...
Her Beach-Cutie Crush...
A Halloween Party...
And a Spell Gone Wrong...
Welcome to the Midnight Masquerade!
When Max left home Halloween night, she expected to do a little busking down by the beach. Maybe make a few dollars. See a few awesome costumes... and maybe, just maybe, work up the courage to ask her celebrity-lookalike crush out. To help boost her confidence, she even dressed up as her comic book demon-hunting creation. She expected to get a few compliments; she never expected she'd literally become the character.
But when a spell goes awry turning people into their costumes and bringing Halloween decorations to life, it's up to Max and her crush, Theo, to uncover what's going on.
It's a night of surprises, both good and bad. But with Theo there, Max is sure to come out on top!
This is a Halloween-themed steamy short story featuring a Black woman and a white man. It contains magic spells, cute banter, and a Happy For Now ending.
In this episode, Jack Stone-Hard agrees to help the eunuchs at the Infirmus Outpost on Mira Secundus to free their women from the infamous pirate, Morgan Spacebane. Will Jack save the women, and stop Morgan from murdering everyone that shows discontentment with the pirate’s sexual abilities?
Youth And The Bright Medusa comprises eight short stories published in 1920. Four of them (The Sculptor’s Funeral; A Death In The Desert; A Wagner Matinee; Paul’s Case) are re-worked from an earlier collection, The Troll Garden, published in 1905. This Librivox recording contains in addition the three stories (Flavia And Her Artists; The Garden Lodge; The Marriage Of Phaedra) from that earlier work omitted in the later book. In other words, all the stories in both books are recorded here. (Summary by David Wales)
Four literary works portraying both the gritty beauty and the brutality of Glasgow and western Scotland in the mid-twentieth century. Includes:Poor Tom by Edwin MuirFernie Brae by J. F. HendryFrom Scenes Like These by Gordon M. WilliamsApprentice by Tom Gallacher Introduced by Liam McIlvanney, award-winning author of The Quaker, Growing Up in the West presents four very different and memorably vivid accounts of what it was to be young and growing up in Glasgow and the west of Scotland, from the 1930s to the 1960s. Poor Tom tells of a young man’s struggle to come to terms with the slow death of his brother in the city slums of a culturally impoverished Scotland. Fernie Brae celebrates the growth and education of a sensitive youth in a novel reminiscent of Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Gordon Williams’s novel From Scenes Like These tells a grimmer story as its young protagonist eventually succumbs to a culture of drink and violence in which the harshness of life on the land sits next to industrial sprawl. Finally, set in the Clydeside shipyards, the wryly observant and humorous style of Apprentice strikes a happier note from the 1960s.
Six fascinating tales of the mysterious doings of secret societies and gentlemen's clubs. A Foggy Evening by A. J. Alan The Giraffe Problem by Barry Pain The Suicide Club by Robert Louis Stevenson The Dream by A. J. Alan The Inconsiderate Waiter by J. M. Barrie The 19 Club by A. J. Alan
Christmas is six days away-and Sarah Booth Delaney has her hands full! To honor a group of international investors, Shaw, Mississippi, resurrects the old custom of drifting miniature, lighted Christmas floats down Silver Bayou. The Italian delegation from Venice may bring much-needed new jobs and commercial opportunities to this small, struggling Delta town. Among the investors is notorious womanizer, Enzo Aceto. Handsome, witty, and eager for new conquests, Enzo meets his match in Tinkie Bellcase Richmond. She, too, is an accomplished flirt, and a partner in Delaney Detective Agency. Enzo disappears. Rumors of murder are buzzing. Suspicion falls on Tinkie's husband, Oscar, whose jealousy created a scene at a social event. A body spotted bobbing behind the last Christmas float makes the joyous holiday celebration take on a much darker tone. Tinkie and Oscar flee Sunflower County. Sarah Booth must determine what happened to Enzo, or her partner's and Oscar's holiday will end in multiple felony charges. From paid shoppers to canine and feline assistant sleuths, "Bones on the Bayou" brings the Zinnia gang together to solve the mystery-and save Christmas.
Gibran Khalil Gibran was born on 6th January 1883 in the village of Bsharri, Beirut Vilayet, then part of the Ottoman Empire
His mother took him and his siblings to the United States in 1895 where he was enrolled into a Boston school and his creative talents soon noted. He was sent home to be schooled at the Collège de la Sagesse in Beirut but returned to Boston following the death of his youngest sister in 1902. Within a year his mother had also died.
In 1904, Gibran's drawings were displayed for the first time and, a year later, his first book, in Arabic, was published in New York City. With financial help from a benefactress he studied art in Paris from 1908 and here his path crossed with dissident Syrian exiles. Over the years he would meet many more like-minded exiles who were exploring ways to overthrow the yoke of the Ottoman Empire.
By 1911 he had settled in New York working on his drawings and paintings which were now being regularly exhibited. His writing was also attracting much attention and gaining an audience.
His first book in English, ‘The Madman’ became an international phenomenon. Whilst his writing has overshadowed his visual works there is no doubt that a copy of ‘The Mad Man’ is never far from any bookshelf. This and other works have ensured his stature as an artist is world-wide and that it continues into these more modern times. Gibran was regarded as a literary rebel and a leading figure of the Arabic literary Renaissance and made influential contributions to Western poetry, stories and thought.
Khalil Gibran died on 10th April 1931 in New York City from cirrhosis and incipient tuberculosis in one lung. He was 48.
Gibran was one of a number of Arab intellectuals and writers who lived in the United States at the beginning of the twentieth century and who had a great influence on the development of modern Arabic literature through the exploration of Western literary movements. The group was presided over by Gibran himself and was baptized Arrabitah, or “The League.” Its influence is acknowledged as fundamental.
His short story writings are often overlooked. They should not. Madame Rose Hanie is an exquisite short story that unravels the real calling of love and its experience in a society where women were too often treated as second-class. Rose Hanie thinks very differently.
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