By: Joseph Lewis French (1858-1936)
|Masterpieces of Mystery, Vol. 1 (of 4) Ghost Stories|
|Masterpieces of Mystery Riddle Stories|
By: John Charles Dent (1841-1888)
The Gerrard Street Mystery and Other Weird Tales
John Charles Dent, the author of the following remarkable stories, was born in Kendal, Westmorland, England, in 1841. His parents emigrated to Canada shortly after that event, bringing with them, of course, the youth who was afterwards to become the Canadian author and historian. Mr. Dent received his primary education in Canadian schools, and afterwards studied law, becoming in due course a member of the Upper Canada Bar. He only practised for a few years, then returned to England to pursue a literary career, writing mostly for periodicals...
By: Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925)
|Hunter Quatermain's Story|
Best American Humorous Short Stories
Eighteen short stories by famous and little known authors compassing the period 1839 - 1914. The editor's very extensive introduction is omitted from this Librivox audio book.
By: Randall Garrett (1927-1987)
|Fifty Per Cent Prophet|
|The Man Who Hated Mars|
|The Bramble Bush|
|...Or Your Money Back|
|With No Strings Attached|
|The Measure of a Man|
|In Case of Fire|
|Heist Job on Thizar|
|The Asses of Balaam|
By: Frank Harris (1855-1931)
|Eatin' Crow; and The Best Man In Garotte|
|The Sheriff And His Partner|
By: Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
|The Miraculous Revenge Little Blue Book #215|
By: Charles King (1844-1933)
Starlight Ranch And Other Stories Of Army Life On The Frontier
Five stories of Army life in the mid to late 19th century. Charles King (1844 – 1933) was a United States soldier and a distinguished writer. He wrote and edited over 60 books and novels. Among his list of titles are Campaigning with Crook, Fort Frayne, Under Fire and Daughter of the Sioux.
By: Owen Wister (1860-1938)
The Dragon of Wantley
A novel, The Dragon of Wantley, was written by Owen Wister (best known as the author of The Virginian) in 1892. Published by Lipincott Press, the story is a comic "burlesque" (in the author's words), concerning the "true" story of the Dragon. It is a romantic story set at Christmastime in the early 13th century. The book was a surprise success, going through four editions over the next ten years. This is the 1895 edition.
Red Men and White
These eight stories are made from our Western Frontier as it was in a past as near as yesterday and almost as by-gone as the Revolution; so swiftly do we proceed. They belong to each other in a kinship of life and manners, and a little through the nearer tie of having here and there a character in common. Thus they resemble faintly the separate parts of a whole, and gain, perhaps, something of the invaluable weight of length; and they have been received by my closest friends with suspicion. ...When...
The Jimmyjohn Boss and Other Stories
This is the fifth published book of Owen Wister, author of the archetypical Western novel, The Virginian. Published in 1900, it comprises eight Western short stories.
By: Richard Harding Davis (1864-1916)
The Boy Scout and Other Stories for Boys
RICHARD HARDING DAVIS, as a friend and fellow author has written of him, was “youth incarnate,” and there is probably nothing that he wrote of which a boy would not some day come to feel the appeal. But there are certain of his stories that go with especial directness to a boy’s heart and sympathies and make for him quite unforgettable literature. A few of these were made some years ago into a volume, “Stories for Boys,” and found a large and enthusiastic special public in addition to Davis’s general readers; and the present collection from stories more recently published is issued with the same motive...
My Buried Treasure
"This is a true story of a search for buried treasure. The only part that is not true is the name of the man with whom I searched for the treasure. Unless I keep his name out of it he will not let me write the story, and, as it was his expedition and as my share of the treasure is only what I can make by writing the story, I must write as he dictates. I think the story should be told, because our experience was unique, and might be of benefit to others. And, besides, I need the money." (From the text)
Men of Zanzibar
This is the story of Hemingway, who, after a hunting trip in Uganda, settles in Zanzibar for a while to live among the English-speaking expatriate community on that island. While keeping his true identity well to himself, he falls in love with Ms. Polly Adair, the American Belle of the little society. But when he asks her to marry him, it seems that Ms. Adair has a secret...
|Episodes in Van Bibber's Life|
|Once Upon A Time|
|A Charmed Life|
|The Reporter Who Made Himself King|
|The Man Who Could Not Lose|
|Billy and the Big Stick|
|The Nature Faker|
|The Frame Up|
|The Log of the Jolly Polly|
|A Question of Latitude|
This is a delightful little story about the most successful banker on Wall Street, who finds his philanthropic side when one of his former employees is arrested and needs someone to vouch for his character..
Cynical Miss Catherwaight
This is the story of Miss Catherwaight, collector of "dishonored honors" - medals of honor pawned by the persons they were awarded to. Part of Miss Catherwaight's collection are also the stories behind each award, and she tends to look down on their former owners for giving them away - until she finds a particular token in the shape of a heart...
By: Robert Silverberg (1935-)
Here are two early stories by the well known SF Author Robert Silverberg. The Happy Unfortunate was published first in Amazing Stories in 1957 and explores the angst caused when the human race reaches into space but at the cost of needing to breed a new species; specialized 'spacers' who can withstand the tremendous rigors of acceleration. The Hunted Heroes was published in Amazing stories a year earlier, in 1956. It is a futuristic story that holds great hope for the resilience of the human race after the war destroys most of the world.
|The Hunted Heroes|
By: Raymond Z. Gallun (1911-1994)
|The Eternal Wall|
By: James Stephens
There is a Tavern in the Town
The soul of Irish wit is captured in this unique tale of a barstool philosopher, the concluding story from 'Here Are Ladies' by James Stephens. (Introduction by iremonger)
By: Edward Bellamy (1850-1898)
|The Blindman's World 1898|
|An Echo Of Antietam 1898|
|A Love Story Reversed 1898|
|With The Eyes Shut 1898|
|At Pinney's Ranch 1898|
|A Summer Evening's Dream 1898|
|The Cold Snap 1898|
|Hooking Watermelons 1898|
|Two Days' Solitary Imprisonment 1898|
|Potts's Painless Cure 1898|
|A Positive Romance 1898|
|The Old Folks' Party 1898|
|To Whom This May Come 1898|
By: Phaedrus (c. 15 BC - c. AD 50)
The Fables of Phaedrus
The fable is a small narrative, in prose or verse, which has as its main characteristic the aim of conveying a moral lesson (the “moral”), implicitly or, more normally, explicitly expressed. Even though the modern concept of fable is that it should have animals or inanimated objects as characters – an idea supported by the works of famous fabulists such as Aesop and La Fontaine – Phaedrus, the most important Latin fabulist, is innovative in his writing. Although many of his fables do depict animals or objects assuming speech, he also has many short stories about men, writing narratives that seem to the modern eye more like short tales than fables...
By: Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836-1907)
|A Struggle For Life|
|Mademoiselle Olympe Zabriski|
|Miss Mehetabel's Son|
|Our New Neighbors At Ponkapog|
|Père Antoine's Date-Palm|
By: Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904)
In Ghostly Japan
This collection of 14 stories collected by Lafcadio Hearn, contains Japanese ghost stories, but also several non-fiction pieces. Hearn tries to give a glimpse into the customs of the Japanese, by giving examples of Buddhist Proverbs and explaining the use of incense and the nation wide fascination with poetry. Furthermore, he has again translated several hair-rising ghost stories, like "A Passional Karma" about the truly undying love of a young couple.
Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things
Most of the following Kwaidan, or Weird Tales, have been taken from old Japanese books,— such as the Yaso-Kidan, Bukkyo-Hyakkwa-Zensho, Kokon-Chomonshu, Tama-Sudare, and Hyaku-Monogatari. Some of the stories may have had a Chinese origin: the very remarkable "Dream of Akinosuke," for example, is certainly from a Chinese source. But the story-teller, in every case, has so recolored and reshaped his borrowing as to naturalize it… One queer tale, "Yuki-Onna," was told me by a farmer of Chofu, Nishitama-gori, in Musashi province, as a legend of his native village...
By: Anton Chekhov (1860-1904)
|The Wife, and other stories|
|The Witch and other stories|
|The Schoolmistress, and other stories|
House With The Mezzanine And Other Stories
Six short stories and a novella by the Russian master. (david wales)
"Kashtanka," a shaggy-dog story penned by Anton Chekhov in seven parts and first published in 1887, relates the experiences of its eponymous heroine, a fox-faced, reddish dachshund-mix, whose name means 'little chestnut.' After her detestation of music causes her to become separated from the carpenter with whose family she had been living, Kashtanka finds herself taken up by an unusual vaudevillian and goes to live among an assortment of other intelligent animals, each of whom is observed with the characteristic empathy and humor that stamp Chekhov's work.
|The Slanderer 1901|
By: William Henry Giles Kingston
Stories of Animal Sagacity
300+ short stories of how smart and savvy various individual animals have been seen to be, and in most cases a little moral is drawn from the story.
|The Ferryman of Brill and other stories|
By: Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)
Second Thoughts Of An Idle Fellow
A second volume of humorous essays on various subjects, following the success of Idle thoughts Of An Idle Fellow.
|The Philosopher's Joke|
|Sketches in Lavender, Blue and Green|
|The Cost of Kindness|
|Passing of the Third Floor Back|
|The Fawn Gloves|
|The Love of Ulrich Nebendahl|
|The Soul of Nicholas Snyders, or, The Miser of Zandam|
|John Ingerfield and Other Stories|
|Mrs. Korner Sins Her Mercies|
By: Voltairine de Cleyre (1866-1912)
Selected Letters, Sketches and Stories
Voltairine de Cleyre (November 17, 1866 – June 20, 1912) was an American anarchist. She was skilled in many subjects and wrote essays, poems, letters, sketches, stories and speeches. These are her selected letters, sketches and stories.
By: Arthur Schnitzler (1862-1931)
|The Dead Are Silent 1907|
By: Mack Reynolds (1917-1983)
|I'm a Stranger Here Myself|
|Gun for Hire|