By: Richard Harding Davis (1864-1916)
|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|