Algernon Blackwood, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Robert W. Chambers, Leonid Andreyev, W. F. Harvey, Anatole France, Fitz-James O'Brien, Ambrose Bierce, Olivia Howard Dunbar, Wilbur Daniel Steele, Myla Jo Closser, Edgar Allan Poe, Richard Le Gallienn, Arthur Machen & Guy de Maupassant CONTENTS
Introduction: The Imperishable Ghost
By Algernon Blackwood
The Shadows on the Wall
By Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
By Robert W. Chambers
By Leonid Andreyev
The Beast with Five Fingers
By W. F. Harvey
The Mass of Shadows
By Anatole France
What Was It?
By Fitz-James O'Brien
The Middle Toe of the Right Foot
By Ambrose Bierce
The Shell of Sense
By Olivia Howard Dunbar
The Woman at Seven Brothers
By Wilbur Daniel Steele
At the Gate
By Myla Jo Closser
By Edgar Allan Poe
The Haunted Orchard
By Richard Le Gallienne
By Arthur Machen
By Guy de Maupassant
Henry James, M. R. James, E. F. Benson, Ambrose Bierce, EDGAR ALLAN POE, H. P. Lovecraft, Edith Wharton, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Lafcadio Hearn, Mary Shelley, Clark Ashton Smith, Bram Stoker, Oliver Onions, Robert W. Chambers, F. Marion Crawford, Arthur Conan Doyle, Washington Irving, Myla Jo Closser, Rebecca Harding Davis, Anatole France, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Richard Le Gallienne, Arthur Machen, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Guy de Maupassant, Elia W. Peattie, Charlotte Riddell, M. P. Shiel & Wilbur Daniel Steele If you were looking for the Holy Bible of the horror anthologies, consider yourself lucky, because you just found it!
Cosmic horror, supernatural events, ghost stories, weird fiction, mystical fantasies, occult narratives, this book plunges you into dark domains and brings you face to face with surreal monstrosities.
This fifth volume of “The Greatest Ghost and Horror Stories Ever Written” features 30 stories by an all-star cast, including Ambrose Bierce, Robert W. Chambers, M. R. James, H. P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Machen, Bram Stoker, Sheridan Le Fanu, Lafcadio Hearn, Henry James and Mary Shelley, among many others!
Anatole France It is a satire story book. Penguin Island is written in the style of a sprawling 18th- and 19th-century history book, concerned with grand metanarratives, mythologizing heroes, hagiography and romantic nationalism. It is about a fictitious island, inhabited by great auks, that existed off the northern coast of Europe. The history begins when a wayward Christian missionary monk lands on the island and perceives the upright, unafraid auks as a sort of pre-Christian society of noble pagans. Mostly blind and somewhat deaf, having mistaken the animals for humans, he baptizes them. This causes a problem for The Lord, who normally only allows humans to be baptized. After consulting with saints and theologians in Heaven, He resolves the dilemma by converting the baptized birds to humans with only a few physical traces of their ornithological origin, and giving them each a soul.
Anatole France Mark Twain's work on Joan of Arc is titled in full, Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, by the Sieur Louis de Conte, who is identified further as Joan's page and secretary. The fictional work is presented as a translation from a manuscript by Jean Francois Alden, or, in the words of the published book, "Freely Translated out of the Ancient French into Modern English from the Original Unpublished Manuscript in the National Archives of France".
Originally, Mark Twain's novel was published as a serialization in Harper's Magazine beginning in 1895 and it was published in book form in 1896. At Twain’s request, Harper's Magazine published it anonymously to avoid expectations for it to be humorous.
Oldiees Publishing, Arthur Conan Doyle, Ambrose Bierce, O. Henry, Guy de Maupassant, Charles Dickens, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Bram Stoker, E. W. Hornung, M. R. James, Edgar Allan Poe, E. F. Benson, H. P. Lovecraft, W. J. Wintle, Algernon Blackwood, William Hope Hodgson, Francis A. Durivage, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Richard Le Gallienne, Vincent O'Sullivan, Washington Irving, Mrs Molesworth, Anatole France, Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman, A. C. Benson, John Kendrick Bangs & Fitz-James O’Brien Timeless collection of mystery & thriller short fiction stories including the works of Arthur Conan Doyle, O. Henry, Bram Stoker, Guy de Maupassant, Edgar Allan Poe, M. R. James, and more. The stories have variety in style and subject, but all are masterpieces of world fiction with enduring quality of writing.
THE CONFESSION by Guy de Maupassant THE BOSCOMBE VALLEY MYSTERY by Arthur Conan Doyle THE HOUSE AMONG THE LAURELS by William Hope Hodgson THE HAUNTED ORCHARD by Richard Le Gallienne THE GREEK INTERPRETER by Arthur Conan Doyle JOHN BARTINE'S WATCH by Ambrose Bierce GENTLEMEN AND PLAYERS by E. W. Hornung MRS. ANDREWS’S CONTROL by E. F. Benson THE MAN WITH THE COUGH by Mrs Molesworth THE CATERPILLARS by E. F. Benson
Anatole France This is a historical romance book. Sylvestre Bonnard, a member of the Institute, is a historian and philologist, gifted with great erudition. He lives among books, and launches himself into the research, in Sicily and Paris, of the precious manuscript of the Golden Legend, which he finally obtains. By chance he meets a young girl named Jeanne, the daughter of a woman he once loved. To protect the child from her abusive guardian Maitre Mouche, he takes her away, and she ends up marrying Henri Gelis, one of Bonnard's students.
Anatole France I was spending the Spring at Sienna. Occupied all day long with meticulous researches among the city archives, I used after supper to take an evening walk along the wild road leading to Monte Oliveto, where I would encounter in the twilight huge white oxen under ponderous yokes dragging a rustic wain with wheels of solid timber all unchanged since the times of old Evander. The church bells knelled the peaceful ending of the day, while the purple shades of night descended sadly and majestically on the low chain of neighbouring hills. The black squadrons of the rooks had already sought their nests about the city walls, but relieved against the opalescent sky a single sparrow hawk still hung floating with motionless wings above a solitary ilex tree.
William P. McCue, Richard Le Gallienne, Guy de Maupassant, Robert W. Chambers, Myla Jo Closser, W.F. Harvey, Ambrose Bierce, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Abraham Yarmolinsky, Fitz-James O’Brien, Arthur Machen, Anatole France, Wilbur Daniel Steele, Edgar Allan Poe, Algernon Blackwood, H. P. Lovecraft & David H Dennis The more man knows of natural laws, the keener he is about the supernatural. He may claim to have laid aside superstition, but he isn’t to be believed in that. Though he has discarded witchcraft and alchemy, it is only that he may have more time for psychical research; true, he no longer dabbles with ancient magic, ( or does he ) but that is because the modern types, as the ouija board, hollywood horror, and haunted houses, entertain him more. He dearly loves to traffic with that other world of which he knows so little and concerning which he is so curious.
Perhaps just merely living life, or possibly an increase in class consciousness, or unionization of spirits, or whatever, has greatly energized the ghost in our day and given him both ambition and strength to do more things than ever. Maybe “water cooler conversation” has been discovered on the other side as well! No longer is the ghost content to be seen and not heard, to slink around in shadowy corners as apologetically as poor relations.
Anatole France It is a historical romance book. He had a wide knowledge of the world, obtained by the frequentation of all sorts of companies. This experience would have served him well with the Roman histories he, like M. Rollin, would doubtless have composed should he have had time and leisure, and if his life could have been better matched to his genius. What I shall relate of this excellent man will be the ornament of these memoirs. And like Aulus Gellius, who culled the most beautiful sayings of the philosophers into his 'Attic Nights', and him who put the best fables of the Greeks into the 'Metamorphoses', I will do a bee's work and gather exquisite honey. But I do not flatter myself to be the rival of those two great authors, because I draw all my wealth from my own life's recollections and not from an abundance of reading.
Anatole France An angel, Arcade, leaves heaven, comes to earth, uses his invisibility to steal books from a library to study science and philosophy, after which he joins a host of fallen brethren with plans to overthrow god whom he views as not understanding the true nature of the universe and thus was incapable of creating it in the first place.
Anatole France She gave a glance at the armchairs placed before the chimney, at the tea-table, which shone in the shade, and at the tall, pale stems of flowers ascending above Chinese vases. She thrust her hand among the flowery branches of the guelder roses to make their silvery balls quiver. Then she looked at herself in a mirror with serious attention. She held herself sidewise, her neck turned over her shoulder, to follow with her eyes the spring of her fine form in its sheath-like black satin gown, around which floated a light tunic studded with pearls wherein sombre lights scintillated. She went nearer, curious to know her face of that day.
Anatole France A kind of fairytale fantasy that is based on the honey bee and its ability to be a self sufficient world within their own hive. Their lifespan is amazingly short and it is a miricle they can thrive or maintain their meticulously organized way of life with members of the hive constantly dying and new ones hatching. Through all this, a normally organized and productive life continues within the hive.