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Labyrinths
by Jorge Luis Borges (May 17, 2007)
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The groundbreaking trans-genre work of Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) has been insinuating itself into the structure, stance, and very breath of world literature for well over half a century. Multi-layered, self-referential, elusive, and allusive writing is now frequently labeled Borgesian. Umberto Eco's international bestseller, ...
Ficciones
by Jorge Luis Borges (Feb 01, 1994)
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The seventeen pieces in Ficciones demonstrate the whirlwind of Borges's genius and mirror the precision and potency of his intellect and inventiveness, his piercing irony, his skepticism, and his obsession with fantasy. Borges sends us on a journey into a compelling, bizarre, and profoundly resonant realm; we enter the fearful sphere of Pascal's ab...
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Naval Ravikant
Where I'm Calling From
Selected Stories
by Raymond Carver (Jun 18, 1989)
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By the time of his early death in 1988, Raymond Carver had established himself as one of the greatest practitioners of the American short story, a writer who had not only found his own voice but imprinted it in the imaginations of thousands of readers. 'Where I'm Calling From', his last collection, encompasses classic stories from 'Cathedral', 'Wha...
The Language of Thorns
Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
by Leigh Bardugo (Sep 26, 2017)
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Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid's voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy's bidding but only for a terrible price.Inspired by myth, fairy tale, an...
The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories
by Ken Liu (Oct 04, 2016)
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A publishing event: Bestselling author Ken Liu selects his award-winning science fiction and fantasy tales for a groundbreaking collection—including a brand-new piece exclusive to this volume.With his debut novel, The Grace of Kings, taking the literary world by storm, Ken Liu now shares his finest short fiction in The Paper Menagerie. This mesmeri...
Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
by Edgar Allan Poe (Nov 18, 1966)
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This single volume brings together all of Poe's stories and poems, and illuminates the diverse and multifaceted genius of one of the greatest and most influential figures in American literary history....
The Aleph and Other Stories
by Jorge Luis Borges (Jul 27, 2004)
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Full of philosophical puzzles and supernatural surprises, these stories contain some of Borges's most fully realized human characters. With uncanny insight, he takes us inside the minds of an unrepentant Nazi, an imprisoned Mayan priest, fanatical Christian theologians, a woman plotting vengeance on her father’s “killer,” and a man awaiting his ass...
Very Good, Jeeves
by P. G. Wodehouse (Jun 01, 1980)
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Jeeves is not only the tireless servant to the feckless Bertie Wooster, but savior to a good number of others. Here, Jeeves helps Bingo Little in the affair of the marooned cabinet minister; Sippy Sipperly when he's persecuted by his former headmaster; Tuppy Glossop in his foolhardy pursuit of opera singer Cora Bellinger; and Bertie's fat Uncle Geo...
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Paul Graham
Stories of Anton Chekhov
by Anton Chekhov (Oct 31, 2000)
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Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, the highly acclaimed translators of War and Peace, Doctor Zhivago, and Anna Karenina, which was an Oprah Book Club pick and million-copy bestseller, bring their unmatched talents to The Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov, a collection of thirty of Chekhov’s best tales from the major periods of his creative lif...
Exhalation
by Ted Chiang (Jun 30, 2020)
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From an award-winning science fiction writer (whose short story "The Story of Your Life" was the basis for the Academy Award-nominated movie Arrival), the long-awaited new collection of stunningly original, humane, and already celebrated short storiesThis much-anticipated second collection of stories is signature Ted Chiang, full of revelatory idea...
Different Seasons
Four Novellas (No Series)
by Stephen King (Mar 29, 2016)
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A “hypnotic” (The New York Times Book Review) collection of four novellas from Stephen King bound together by the changing of seasons, each taking on the theme of a journey with strikingly different tones and characters.“The wondrous readability of his work, as well as the instant sense of communication with his characters, are what make Stephen Ki...
Shawshank Redemption
by Stephen King (Feb 01, 1995)
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Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption--the most satisfying tale of unjust imprisonment and offbeat escape since The Count of Monte Cristo.Apt Pupil--a golden California schoolboy and an old man whose hideous past he uncovers enter into a fateful and chilling mutual parasitism.The Body--four rambunctious young boys venture into the Maine woods and ...
Franz Kafka
The Complete Stories
by Franz Kafka (Nov 14, 1995)
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The Complete Stories brings together all of Kafka’s stories, from the classic tales such as “The Metamorphosis,” “In the Penal Colony,” and “A Hunger Artist” to shorter pieces and fragments that Max Brod, Kafka’s literary executor, released after Kafka’s death. With the exception of his three novels, the whole of Kafka’s narrative work is included ...
Bloodchild and Other Stories
by Octavia E. Butler (Oct 04, 2005)
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A perfect introduction for new readers and a must-have for avid fans, this New York Times Notable Book includes "Bloodchild," winner of both the Hugo and the Nebula awards and "Speech Sounds," winner of the Hugo Award. Appearing in print for the first time, "Amnesty" is a story of a woman named Noah who works to negotiate the tense and co-dependent...
The Moth Presents All These Wonders
True Stories About Facing the Unknown
by Catherine Burns (Mar 21, 2017)
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From storytelling phenomenon The Moth, 45 unforgettable true stories about risk, courage, and facing the unknown, drawn from the best ever told on their stages Carefully selected by the creative minds at The Moth, and adapted to the page to preserve the raw energy of live storytelling, All These Wonders features voices both familiar and new. Alongs...
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Tim Ferriss
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes #5
by Arthur Conan Doyle (Aug 14, 2015)
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Silver Blaze The Adventure of the Yellow Face The Adventure of the Stockbroker's Clerk The Adventure of the "Gloria Scott" The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual The Adventure of the Reigate Squires The Adventure of the Crooked Man The Adventure of the Resident Patient The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter The Adventure of the Navel Treaty The Final...
Isaac Asimov
The Complete Stories, Vol. 1
by Isaac Asimov (Oct 01, 1990)
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The first book of the definitive three-volume collection of short stories by the prolific Isaac Asimov, whose tales have delighted countless fans for over half a century--a must for every science fiction bookshelf....
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Max Levchin
The Complete Stories of Isaac Asimov
by Isaac Asimov (Jun 30, 1994)
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The first book of the planned definitive three-volume collection of short stories by the prolific Isaac Asimov, whose tales have delighted countless fans for over half a century--a must for every science fiction bookshelf. The series was discontinued after the second volume.Contents:5 • The Dead Past • (1956) • novelette by Isaac Asimov61 • The Fou...
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Naval Ravikant
Arrival
by Ted Chiang (Nov 01, 2016)
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From a soaring Babylonian tower that connects a flat Earth with the heavens above, to a world where angelic visitations are a wondrous and terrifying part of everyday life; from a neural modification that eliminates the appeal of physical beauty, to an alien language that challenges our very perception of time and reality... Chiang's rigorously ima...
The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway
The Finca Vigia Edition
by Ernest Hemingway (Aug 03, 1998)
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THE ONLY COMPLETE COLLECTION BY THE NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR In this definitive collection of Ernest Hemingway's short stories, readers will delight in the author's most beloved classics such as "The Snows of Kilimanjaro," "Hills Like White Elephants," and "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," and will discover seven new tales published for the first ...
Stories of Your Life and Others
by Ted Chiang (Jul 05, 2002)
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Ted Chiang's first published story, "Tower of Babylon," won the Nebula Award in 1990. Subsequent stories have won the Asimov's SF Magazine reader poll, a second Nebula Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and the Sidewise Award for alternate history. He won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1992. Story for story, he is the m...
A Country Doctor's Notebook
by Mikhail Bulgakov (Jan 01, 1995)
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Brilliant stories that show the growth of a novelist's mind, and the raw material that fed the wild surrealism of Bulgakov's later fiction.With the ink still wet on his diploma, the twenty-five-year-old Dr. Mikhail Bulgakov was flung into the depths of freezing rural Russia which, in 1916-17, was still largely unaffected by such novelties as the mo...
Cathedral
by Raymond Carver (Jun 18, 1989)
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Raymond Carver’s third collection of stories, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, including the canonical titular story about blindness and learning to enter the very different world of another.  These twelve stories mark a turning point in Carver’s career and “overflow with the danger, excitement, mystery and possibility of life. . . . Carver is a ...
Hans Christian Andersen
The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories (Anchor Folktale Library)
by Virginia Haviland (Sep 09, 1983)
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The only trade paperback edition of Andersen's fairy tales that presents them exactly as he collected them in the original Danish edition of 1874, and includes his own notes to his stories. Recognizing the literary merit of Andersen'scolloquial language, which Victorian translators and their imitators often altered to sentimentalize or vulgarize, t...
Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?
Stories
by Raymond Carver (Jun 09, 1992)
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With this, his first collection of stories, Raymond Carver breathed new life into the American short story. Carver shows us the humor and tragedy that dwell in the hearts of ordinary people; his stories are the classics of our time....
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Dave Elitch
The Tsar of Love and Techno
Stories
by Anthony Marra (Jul 19, 2016)
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From the New York Times bestselling author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena—dazzling, poignant, and lyrical interwoven stories about family, sacrifice, the legacy of war, and the redemptive power of art.This stunning, exquisitely written collection introduces a cast of remarkable characters whose lives intersect in ways both life-affirming and...
The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov
by Vladimir Nabokov (Dec 09, 1996)
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From the writer who shocked and delighted the world with his novels Lolita, Pale Fire, and Ada, or Ardor, and so many others, comes a magnificent collection of stories. Written between the 1920s and 1950s, these sixty-five tales--eleven of which have been translated into English for the first time--display all the shades of Nabokov's imagination. T...
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Safi Bahcall
John Cheever
Collected Stories and Other Writings (Library of America, No. 188)
by John Cheever (Mar 05, 2009)
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John Cheever’s stories rank among the finest achievements of twentieth-century short fiction. Ensnared by the trappings of affluence, adrift in the emptiness of American prosperity, his characters find themselves in the midst of dramas that, however comic, pose profound questions about conformity and class, pleasure and propriety, and the conduct a...
The Stories of John Cheever
by John Cheever (May 16, 2000)
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Here are sixty-one stories that chronicle the lives of what has been called "the greatest generation." From the early wonder and disillusionment of city life in "The Enormous Radio" to the surprising discoveries and common mysteries of suburbia in "The Housebreaker of Shady Hill" and "The Swimmer," Cheever tells us everything we need to know about ...
How Long 'til Black Future Month?
Stories
by N. K. Jemisin (Aug 13, 2019)
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In these stories, Jemisin sharply examines modern society, infusing magic into the mundane, and drawing deft parallels in the fantasy realms of her imagination. Dragons and hateful spirits haunt the flooded city of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from ou...
The Original Illustrated 'Strand' Sherlock Holmes
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sep 05, 2001)
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It is more than a century since the ascetic, gaunt and enigmatic detective, Sherlock Holmes, made his first appearance in A Study in Scarlet. From 1891, beginning with The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the now legendary and pioneering Strand Magazine began serialising Arthur Conan Doyle's matchless tales of detection, featuring the incomparable sl...
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Paul Graham
The Thing Around Your Neck
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Jun 01, 2010)
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Searing and profound, suffused with beauty, sorrow, and longing, the stories in The Thing Around Your Neck map, with Adichie's signature emotional wisdom, the collision of two cultures and the deeply human struggle to reconcile them.Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie burst onto the literary scene with her remarkable debut novel, Purple Hibiscus, which critic...
Tales of the Unexpected
by Roald Dahl (Jul 14, 1990)
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A wine connoisseur with an infallible palate and a sinister taste in wagers. A decrepit old man with a masterpiece tattooed on his back. A voracious adventuress, a gentle cuckold, and a garden sculpture that becomes an instrument of sadistic vengeance. Social climbers who climb a bit too quickly. Philanderers whose deceptions are a trifle too ornat...
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Richard Branson
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Vol. 1
1929-1964
by Robert Silverberg (Feb 01, 2005)
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If you own only one anthology of classic science fiction, it should be The Science Fiction Hall of Fame: Volume One, 1929-1964. Selected by a vote of the membership of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA), these 26 reprints represent the best, most important, and most influential stories and authors in the field. The contributors are a Who...
Sum
Forty Tales from the Afterlives
by David Eagleman (Jan 12, 2010)
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At once funny, wistful and unsettling, Sum is a dazzling exploration of unexpected afterlives—each presented as a vignette that offers a stunning lens through which to see ourselves in the here and now. In one afterlife, you may find that God is the size of a microbe and unaware of your existence. In another version, you work as a background charac...
Stars Above
A Lunar Chronicles Collection (The Lunar Chronicles)
by Marissa Meyer (May 02, 2017)
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The enchantment continues....The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?With nine stories—five of ...
A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories
by Ray Bradbury (Aug 30, 2005)
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A spaceship captain determined to gather a cupful of the sun. . .a nubile young witch who yearns to taste human love. . .an expedition that hunts dinosaurs across the fragile and dangerous chasm of time. . . These strange and wonderful tales of beauty and terror will transport you from the begininng of time to the outermost limits of the future. Se...
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Kara Swisher
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories
(Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
by H. P. Lovecraft (Sep 27, 2011)
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This collection spans Lovecraft’s literary career, and charts the development of his ‘cosmicist’ philosophy; the belief that behind the veil of our blinkered everyday lives lies another reality, too terrible for the human mind to comprehend. In stories written in the gothic tradition, narrators recount their descent into madness and despair. Throug...
A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories
by Flannery Oconnor (Aug 23, 1977)
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This now classic book revealed Flannery O'Connor as one of the most original and provocative writers to emerge from the South. Her apocalyptic vision of life is expressed through grotesque, often comic situations in which the principal character faces a problem of salvation: the grandmother, in the title story, confronting the murderous Misfit; a n...
Friday Black
by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Oct 23, 2018)
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In the stories of Adjei-Brenyahs debut, an amusement park lets players enter augmented reality to hunt terrorists or shoot intruders played by minority actors, a school shooting results in both the victim and gunman stuck in a shared purgatory, and an author sells his soul to a many-tongued god.Adjei-Brenyah's writing will grab you, haunt you, enra...
Nine Stories
by J. D. Salinger (May 01, 1991)
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Nine Stories (1953) is a collection of short stories by American fiction writer J. D. Salinger published in April 1953. It includes two of his most famous short stories, "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" and "For Esmé – with Love and Squalor". (Nine Stories is the U.S. title; the book is published in many other countries as For Esmé - with Love and Sq...
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Ben Stiller
I, Robot
by Isaac Asimov (Apr 29, 2008)
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This classic science fiction masterwork by Isaac Asimov weaves stories about robots, humanity, and the deep questions of existence into a novel of shocking intelligence and heartnow with a striking new cover.I, Robot, the first and most widely read book in Asimovs Robot series, forever changed the worlds perception of artificial intelligence. Here ...
A River Runs Through It, and Other Stories
by Norman Maclean (Sep 01, 1992)
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From its first magnificent sentence, "In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing," to the last, "I am haunted by waters," "A River Runs Through It" is an American classic.Based on Norman Maclean's childhood experiences, "A River Runs Through It" has established itself as one of the most moving stories of our time; it ca...
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M. Sanjayan
Broken
by Don Winslow (Apr 07, 2020)
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In six intense short novels connected by the themes of crime, corruption, vengeance, justice, loss, betrayal, guilt and redemption, Broken is #1 international bestseller Don Winslow at his nerve-shattering, heart-stopping, heartbreaking best. In Broken, he creates a world of high-level thieves and low-life crooks, obsessed cops struggling with life...
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Brian Koppelman
I, Robot [Paperback] [Jan 01, 2018] ISAAC ASIMOV
by ISAAC ASIMOV (Jan 01, 2018)
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The three laws of Robotics:1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.2) A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Secon...
Self-Help
by Lorrie Moore (Mar 12, 1985)
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In these tales of loss and pleasure, lovers and family, a woman learns to conduct an affair, a child of divorce dances with her mother, and a woman with a terminal illness contemplates her exit. Filled with the sharp humor, emotional acuity, and joyful language Moore has become famous for, these nine glittering tales marked the introduction of an e...
A Manual for Cleaning Women
Selected Stories
by Lucia Berlin (Aug 02, 2016)
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A Manual for Cleaning Women compiles the best work of the legendary short-story writer Lucia Berlin. With the grit of Raymond Carver, the humor of Grace Paley, and a blend of wit and melancholy all her own, Berlin crafts miracles from the everyday, uncovering moments of grace in the laundromats and halfway houses of the American Southwest, in the h...
The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis
by Lydia Davis (Oct 26, 2010)
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Lydia Davis is one of our most original and influential writers. She has been called “an American virtuoso of the short story form” (Salon) and “one of the quiet giants . . . of American fiction” (Los Angeles Times Book Review). Now, for the first time, Davis’s short stories will be collected in one volume, from the groundbreaking Break It Down (19...
Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory
Stories
by Raphael Bob-Waksberg (Jun 11, 2019)
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A fabulously off-beat collection of short stories about love--the best and worst thing in the universe.In "A Most Blessed and Auspicious Occasion," a young couple planning a wedding is forced to deal with interfering relatives dictating the appropriate number of ritual goat sacrifices. "Missed Connection--m4w" is the tragicomic tale of a pair of lo...
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John Lilly
Slow Days, Fast Company
The World, The Flesh, and L.A. (New York Review Books Classics)
by Eve Babitz (Aug 30, 2016)
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No one burned hotter than Eve Babitz. Possessing skin that radiated its own kind of moral laws, spectacular teeth, and a figure that was the stuff of legend, she seduced seemingly everyone who was anyone in Los Angeles for a long stretch of the 1960s and 70s. One man proved elusive, however, and so Babitz did what she did best, she wrote him a book...
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Jia Tolentino
Just as Norman Maclean writes at the end of "A River Runs through It" that he is "haunted by waters," so have readers been haunted by his novella. A retired English professor who began writing fiction at the age of 70, Maclean produced what is now recognized as one of the classic American stories of the twentieth century. Originally published in 19...
Olive, Again
A Novel
by Elizabeth Strout (Oct 15, 2019)
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The iconic Olive struggles to understand not only herself and her own life but also the lives of those around her in the town of Crosby, Maine. Whether with a teenager coming to terms with the loss of her father, a young woman about to give birth during a hilariously inopportune moment, a nurse who confesses a secret high school crush, or a lawyer ...
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Oprah Winfrey
Dangerous Visions
by Harlan Ellison (Mar 06, 2012)
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The most honored anthology of fantastic fiction ever published, featuring the works of such luminaries as Isaac Asimov, Robert Silverberg, Philip Jose Farmer, Robert Bloch, Philip K. Dick, Larry Niven, Fritz Leiber, Poul Anderson, Damon Knight, J.G. Ballard, John Brunner, Frederik Pohl, Roger Zelazny and Samuel Delany.Contentsxi • Foreword: Year 20...
Tomb for Boris Davidovich
by Danilo Kis (Jun 01, 2001)
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Composed of seven dark tales, A Tomb for Boris Davidovich presents variations on the theme of political and social self-destruction throughout Eastern Europe in the first half of the twentieth century. The characters in these stories are caught in a world of political hypocrisy, which ultimately leads to death, their common fate. Although the stori...
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Caterina Fake
If It Bleeds
by Stephen King (Apr 20, 2020)
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If it Bleeds is a collection of four new novellas —Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, The Life of Chuck, Rat, and the title story If It Bleeds— each pulling readers into intriguing and frightening places.A collection of four uniquely wonderful long stories, including a stand-alone sequel to The Outsider.News people have a saying: 'If it bleeds, it leads'. And a...
The Tell-Tale Heart
by Edgar Allan Poe (Feb 01, 1983)
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Edgar Allan Poe remains the unsurpassed master of works of mystery and madness in this outstanding collection of Poe's prose and poetry are sixteen of his finest tales, including "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "William Wilson," "The Black Cat," "The Cask of Amont...
Battleborn
Stories
by Claire Vaye Watkins (Aug 06, 2013)
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Winner of the 2012 Story Prize Recipient of the 2012 American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Foundation Award A National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" fiction writer of 2012 Like the work of Cormac McCarthy, Denis Johnson, Richard Ford, and Annie Proulx, Battleborn represents a near-perfect confluence of sensibility and setting, and the intro...
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Jia Tolentino
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
Stories
by Raymond Carver (Jun 18, 1989)
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Alternate-cover edition can be found here In his second collection, Carver establishes his reputation as one of the most celebrated and beloved short-story writers in American literature—a haunting meditation on love, loss, and companionship, and finding one’s way through the dark....
The Collected Stories of Colette
by Colette (Sep 01, 1984)
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The Collected Stories of Colette beings together in one volume for the first time in any language the comprehensive collection of short stories by the novelist known worldwide as Colette, and now acknowledged, with Proust, as the most original French narrative writer of the first half of our century. of the one hundred stories gathered here, thirty...
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J. K. Rowling
Of Wars, and Memories, and Starlight
by Aliette de Bodard (Sep 30, 2019)
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A major first collection from a writer fast becoming one of the stars of the genre... Aliette de Bodard, multiple award winner and author of The Tea Master and the Detective, now brings readers fourteen dazzling tales that showcase the richly textured worldbuilding and beloved characters that have brought her so much acclaim.Come discover the bread...
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Jamie McKelvie
The Illustrated Man
by Ray Bradbury (Apr 17, 2012)
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The Illustrated Man, a seminal work in Ray Bradburys career, whose extraordinary power and imagination remain undimmed by times passage, is available from Simon & Schuster for the first time. A peerless American storyteller, Ray Bradbury brings wonders alive. In these eighteen startling visions of humankinds destiny, unfolding across a canvas of de...
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Brian Moran
Modern Love, Revised and Updated
True Stories of Love, Loss, and Redemption
by Daniel Jones (Sep 03, 2019)
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The most popular, provocative, and unforgettable essays from the past fifteen years of the New York Times "Modern Love" column--including stories from the upcoming anthology series starring Tina Fey, Andy Garcia, Anne Hathaway, Catherine Keener, Dev Patel, and John SlatteryA young woman goes through the five stages of ghosting grief. A man's promis...
The October Country
Stories
by Ray Bradbury (Apr 12, 1985)
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Ray Bradbury's second short story collection is back in print, its chilling encounters with funhouse mirrors, parasitic accident-watchers, and strange poker chips intact. Both sides of Bradbury's vaunted childhood nostalgia are also on display, in the celebratory "Uncle Einar," and haunting "The Lake," the latter a fine elegy to childhood loss. Thi...
Interpreter of Maladies
by Jhumpa Lahiri (Jun 01, 1999)
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Navigating between the Indian traditions they've inherited and the baffling new world, the characters in Jhumpa Lahiri's elegant, touching stories seek love beyond the barriers of culture and generations. In "A Temporary Matter," published in The New Yorker, a young Indian-American couple faces the heartbreak of a stillborn birth while their Boston...
Welcome to the Monkey House
A Collection of Short Works
by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (Sep 01, 1998)
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Welcome to the Monkey House is a collection of Kurt Vonnegut’s shorter works. Originally printed in publications as diverse as The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and The Atlantic Monthly, these superb stories share Vonnegut’s audacious sense of humor and extraordinary range of creative vision.Alternative cover edition here ...
The Martian Chronicles
by Ray Bradbury (Oct 11, 2011)
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The strange and wonderful tale of mans experiences on Mars, filled with intense images and astonishing visions. Now part of the Voyager Classics collection.The Martian Chronicles tells the story of humanitys repeated attempts to colonize the red planet. The first men were few. Most succumbed to a disease they called the Great Loneliness when they s...
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour
An Introduction
by J. D. Salinger (May 01, 1991)
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The last book-length work of fiction by J. D. Salinger published in his lifetime collects two novellas about "one of the liveliest, funniest, most fully realized families in all fiction" (New York Times). These two novellas, set seventeen years apart, are both concerned with Seymour Glass--the eldest son of J. D. Salinger's fictional Glass famil...
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Jennifer Lawrence
The Things They Carried
by Tim O'Brien (Mar 22, 2010)
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In 1979, Tim O'Brien's Going After Cacciato—a novel about the Vietnam War—won the National Book Award. In this, his second work of fiction about Vietnam, O'Brien's unique artistic vision is again clearly demonstrated. Neither a novel nor a short story collection, it is an arc of fictional episodes, taking place in the childhoods of its characters, ...
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Caroline Paul
Unaccustomed Earth
by Jhumpa Lahiri (Apr 07, 2009)
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Eight stories—longer and more emotionally complex than any Lahiri has yet written—that take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand as they enter the lives of sisters and brothers, fathers and mothers, daughters and sons, friends and lovers.From the internationally best-selling, Pulitzer Prize–winning author, a superbly crafted new work...
Jesus' Son
Stories (Picador Modern Classics)
by Denis Johnson (Feb 17, 2009)
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Jesus' Son is a visionary chronicle of dreamers, addicts, and lost souls. These stories tell of spiraling grief and transcendence, of rock bottom and redemption, of getting lost and found and lost again. The raw beauty and careening energy of Denis Johnson's prose has earned this book a place among the classics of twentieth-century American literat...
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James Altucher
The Weird
A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories
by Jeff VanderMeer (May 08, 2012)
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From Lovecraft to Borges to Gaiman, a century of intrepid literary experimentation has created a corpus of dark and strange stories that transcend all known genre boundaries. Together these stories form The Weird, and its practitioners include some of the greatest names in twentieth and twenty-first century literature.Exotic and esoteric, The Weird...
From breathtaking stop-action animation to bittersweet modern fairy tales, filmmaker Tim Burton has become known for his unique visual brilliance – witty and macabre at once. Now he gives birth to a cast of gruesomely sympathetic children – misunderstood outcasts who struggle to find love and belonging in their cruel, cruel worlds. His lovingly lur...
Full Throttle
Stories
by Joe Hill (Oct 01, 2019)
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In this masterful collection of short fiction, Joe Hill dissects timeless human struggles in thirteen relentless tales of supernatural suspense, including In The Tall Grass, one of two stories co-written with Stephen King, basis for the terrifying feature film from Netflix.A little door that opens to a world of fairy tale wonders becomes the blood-...
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Stephen King
The Body
by Stephen King (Jun 05, 2018)
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Set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King’s timeless novella “The Body”—originally published in his 1982 short story collection Different Seasons, and adapted into the 1986 film classic Stand by Me—is now available as a stand-alone publication.It’s 1960 in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Ma...
Heads of the Colored People
Stories
by Nafissa Thompson-Spires (Jan 22, 2019)
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Calling to mind the best works of Paul Beatty and Junot Díaz, this collection of moving, timely, and darkly funny stories examines the concept of black identity in this so-called post-racial era.A stunning new talent in literary fiction, Nafissa Thompson-Spires grapples with black identity and the contemporary middle class in these compelling, boun...
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
by David Sedaris (May 31, 2005)
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David Sedaris plays in the snow with his sisters. He goes on vacation with his family. He gets a job selling drinks. He attends his brother’s wedding. He mops his sister’s floor. He gives directions to a lost traveler. He eats a hamburger. He has his blood sugar tested. It all sounds so normal, doesn’t it? In his newest collection of essays, David ...
The Yellow Wall-Paper
by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Aug 31, 1996)
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‘It is stripped off - the paper - in great patches . . . The colour is repellent . . . In the places where it isn’t faded and where the sun is just so - I can see a strange, provoking, formless sort of figure, that seems to skulk about . . .’Based on the author’s own experiences, 'The Yellow Wallpaper' is the chilling tale of a woman driven to the ...
Birds of America
Stories (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Lorrie Moore (Jan 12, 2010)
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A long-awaited collection of stories--twelve in all--by one of the most exciting writers at work today, the acclaimed author of Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? and Self-Help. Stories remarkable in their range, emotional force, and dark laughter, and in the sheer beauty and power of their language.From the opening story, "Willing", about a second-ra...
My Man Jeeves
by P.G. Wodehouse (May 10, 2007)
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Who can forget our beloved gentleman's personal gentleman, Jeeves, who ever comes to the rescue when the hapless Bertie Wooster falls into trouble. My Man Jeeves is sure to please anyone with a taste for pithy buffoonery, moronic misunderstandings, gaffes, and aristocratic slapstick.Contents:"Leave It to Jeeves""Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest" "Jeev...
What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky
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by Lesley Nneka Arimah (Apr 03, 2018)
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A dazzlingly accomplished debut collection explores the ties that bind parents and children, husbands and wives, lovers and friends to one another and to the places they call home. In “Who Will Greet You at Home,” a National Magazine Award finalist for The New Yorker, A woman desperate for a child weaves one out of hair, with unsettling results. In...
Silently and Very Fast
by Catherynne M Valente (Jan 01, 2011)
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Fantastist Catherynne M. Valente takes on the folklore of artificial intelligence in this brand new, original novella of technology, identity, and an uncertain mechanized future.Neva is dreaming. But she is not alone. A mysterious machine entity called Elefsis haunts her and the members of her family, back through the generations to her great-great...
Pastoralia
by George Saunders (Jun 01, 2001)
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A stunning collection including the story "Sea Oak," from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Man Booker Prize-winning novel Lincoln in the Bardo and the story collection Tenth of December, a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.Hailed by Thomas Pynchon as "graceful, dark, authentic, and funny," George Saunders gives us, in his...
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage
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by Alice Munro (Oct 08, 2002)
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In the her tenth collection (the title story of which is the basis for the new film Hateship Loveship), Alice Munro achieves new heights, creating narratives that loop and swerve like memory, and conjuring up characters as thorny and contradictory as people we know ourselves.A tough-minded housekeeper jettisons the habits of a lifetime because of a...
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Norse Mythology
by Neil Gaiman (Mar 06, 2018)
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Neil Gaiman, long inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction, presents a bravura rendition of the Norse gods and their world from their origin though their upheaval in Ragnarok. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring...
The Woman Destroyed
by Simone De Beauvoir (Aug 12, 1987)
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Three long stories that draw the reader into the lives of three women, all past their first youth, all facing unexpected crises....
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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
by Sherman Alexie (Oct 08, 2013)
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In this darkly comic short story collection, Sherman Alexie, a Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian, brilliantly weaves memory, fantasy, and stark realism to paint a complex, grimly ironic portrait of life in and around the Spoke Indian Reservation. These 22 interlinked tales are narrated by characters raised on humiliation and government-issue cheese, and...
The Insanity Defense
The Complete Prose
by Woody Allen (Jun 12, 2007)
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Comprising the classic bestsellers Getting Even, Without Feathers, and Side Effects, this definitive collection of comic writings is from a man who needs no Introduction. Really–this book has no Introduction. The Insanity Defense reveals many sides of Woody Allen as he holds forth on the most human of urges (“Why does man kill? He kills for food. A...
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The Gift of the Magi
Includes MLA Style Citations for Scholarly Secondary Sources, Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles and Critical Essays (Squid Ink Classics)
by O. Henry (Nov 01, 2017)
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Having trouble finding scholarly sources for your research paper?This Squid Ink Classic includes the full text of the work plus MLA style citations for secondary sources, peer-reviewed journal articles and critical essays for when your teacher requires extra resources in MLA format for your research paper.Why spend more time looking for your source...
The Story of an Hour
by Kate Chopin (Jan 01, 2000)
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In these four stories, Kate Chopin subtly captures the intricate interior lives of a generation of women. From the famous proto-feminist tale "The Story of an Hour" to the subtly sexy "A Respectable Woman," Chopin sheds light on the frustrations, desires, and dreams of her own era and their reverberations today. Artist Gemma Correll's quirky illust...
The Lottery
by Shirley Jackson (Jan 01, 2007)
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Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" is a memorable and terrifying masterpiece, fueled by a tension that creeps up on you slowly without any clear indication of why. This is just a townful of people, after all, choosing their numbers for the annual lottery. What's there to be scared of?...
The Cask of Amontillado
by Edgar Allan Poe (May 01, 2009)
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"The Cask of Amontillado" (sometimes spelled "The Casque of Amontillado") is a short story, written by Edgar Allan Poe and first published in the November 1846 issue of Godey's Lady's Book. The story is set in a nameless Italian city in an unspecified year (possibly sometime during the eighteenth century) and concerns the deadly revenge taken by th...
Nightmare At 20,000 Feet
Horror Stories By Richard Matheson
by Richard Matheson (Jan 05, 2002)
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Remember that monster on the wing of the airplane? William Shatner saw it on The Twilight Zone, John Lithgow saw it in the movie-even Bart Simpson saw it. "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" is just one of many classic horror stories by Richard Matheson that have insinuated themselves into our collective imagination.Here are more than twenty of Matheson's m...
The Masque of the Red Death Tale Blazers
American Literature)
by Edgar Allan Poe (Jan 01, 2007)
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The story follows Prince Prospero's attempts to avoid a dangerous plague known as the Red Death by hiding in his abbey. He, along with many other wealthy nobles, has a masquerade ball within seven rooms of his abbey, each decorated with a different color. In the midst of their revelry, a mysterious figure disguised as a Red Death victim enters and ...
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
by David Sedaris (Jun 02, 2009)
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"David Sedaris's ability to transform the mortification of everyday life into wildly entertaining art," (The Christian Science Monitor) is elevated to wilder and more entertaining heights than ever in this remarkable new book. Trying to make coffee when the water is shut off, David considers using the water in a vase of flowers and his chain of ass...
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Einstein's Dreams
by Alan Lightman (Nov 09, 2004)
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A modern classic, Einstein’s Dreams is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in 1905, when he worked in a patent office in Switzerland. As the defiant but sensitive young genius is creating his theory of relativity, a new conception of time, he imagines many possible worlds. In one, time is circular, so that people are fated to ...
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
by J.K. Rowling (Jan 11, 2017)
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The Tales of Beedle the Bard contains five richly diverse fairy tales, each with its own magical character, that will variously bring delight, laughter and the thrill of mortal peril.Additional notes for each story penned by Professor Albus Dumbledore will be enjoyed by Muggles and wizards alike, as the Professor muses on the morals illuminated by ...
The Machine Stops
by E. M. Forster (May 19, 2020)
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"The Machine Stops" is a science fiction short story (12,300 words) by E. M. Forster. After initial publication in The Oxford and Cambridge Review (November 1909), the story was republished in Forster's 'The Eternal Moment and Other Stories' in 1928. After being voted one of the best novellas up to 1965, it was included that same year in the populi...
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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
by Alvin Schwartz (Jul 27, 2010)
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This spooky addition to Alvin Schwartz's popular books on American folklore is filled with tales of eerie horror and dark revenge that will make you jump with fright.There is a story here for everyone—skeletons with torn and tangled flesh who roam the earth; a ghost who takes revenge on her murderer; and a haunted house where every night a bloody h...
The Lottery and Other Stories
by Shirley Jackson (Mar 16, 2005)
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The Lottery, one of the most terrifying stories written in this century, created a sensation when it was first published in The New Yorker. "Power and haunting," and "nights of unrest" were typical reader responses. This collection, the only one to appear during Shirley Jackson's lifetime, unites "The Lottery:" with twenty-four equally unusual stor...
The Black Cat
by Edgar Poe (Mar 31, 2016)
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"The Black Cat" is one of Edgar Allan Poe's most memorable stories. The tale centers around a black cat and the subsequent deterioration of a man. The story is often linked with "The Tell-Tale Heart" because of the profound psychological elements these two works share....