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The Crystal Egg

by H. G. Wells Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The story tells of a shop owner, named Mr. Cave, who finds a strange crystal egg that serves as a window into the planet Mars. (From Wikipedia)


Æpyornis Island

by H. G. Wells Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A man looking for eggs of Aepyornis, an extinct flightless bird, passes two years alone on a small island with an Aepyornis that has hatched. (From Wikipedia)


The Cone

by H. G. Wells Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The story is set at an ironworks in Stoke-on-Trent, in Staffordshire. An artist is there to depict the industrial landscape; the manager of the ironworks discovers his affair with his wife, and takes him on...


The Country of the Blind

by H. G. Wells Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

While attempting to climb the unconquered crest of Parascotopetl (a fictitious mountain in Ecuador), a mountaineer named Nuñez slips and falls down the far side of the mountain. At the end of his descent, down...


The Diamond Maker

by H. G. Wells Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A businessman hears an account from a man who has devoted years attempting to make artificial diamonds, only to end as a desperate outcast. (From Wikipedia)


The Door in the Wall

by H. G. Wells Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Excerpt:

One confidential evening, not three months ago, Lionel Wallace told me this story of the Door in the Wall. And at the time I thought that so far as he was concerned it was a true story.

He told it me...


A Dream of Armageddon

by H. G. Wells Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

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The man with the white face entered the carriage at Rugby. He moved slowly in spite of the urgency of his porter, and even while he was still on the platform I noted how ill he seemed. He dropped into...


The Empire of the Ants

by H. G. Wells Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

"The Empire of the Ants" features a Brazilian captain, Gerilleau, who is ordered to take his gunboat, the Benjamin Constant, to assist the inhabitants of the town of Badama, in the "Upper Amazon," "against a...


Filmer

by H. G. Wells Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Excerpt:

In truth the mastery of flying was the work of thousands of men- this man a suggestion and that an experiment, until at last only one vigorous intellectual effort was needed to finish the work. But the...


The Flowering of the Strange Orchid

by H. G. Wells Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

An orchid collector purchases some new bulbs for his collection. The bulbs are from a remote area of an unexplored jungle. After they are planted, one of the bulbs develops into a blood-sucking monster. (From...


In the Avu Observatory

by H. G. Wells Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A tale about an observatory in Borneo. (From GoodReads)


The Jilting of Jane

by H. G. Wells Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Excerpt:

As I sit writing in my study, I can hear our Jane bumping her way downstairs with a brush and dust-pan. She used in the old days to sing hymn tunes, or the British national song for the time being, to...


Jimmy Goggles the God

by H. G. Wells Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

This is the story of Jimmy, a mortal man driven by desire to see the God Almighty himself. Many have tried to do so before him, but with no result. Will Jimmy be the one to succeed? (From Amazon)


Love-At-Arms

by Rafael Sabatini Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Count Francesco battles the forces of the Duke for the attentions of the Prince's niece in this rousing adventure that reminds us of the Romance in Adventure. Sabatini's Love-at-Arms is an exuberant romp through...


The Shame of Motley

by Rafael Sabatini Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

1926. Being the memoir of certain transactions in the life of Lazzaro Biancomonte, of Biancomonte, sometime fool of the Court of Pesaro. After a brief stint in the business world, Sabatini went to work as a...


The Strolling Saint

by Rafael Sabatini Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

When I think of my mother now I do not see her as she appeared in any of the scenes that already I have set down. There is one picture of her that is burnt as with an acid upon my memory, a picture which the...


The Dream

by Mary Shelley Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Set in France around the turn of the seventeenth century, it is the story of a young woman named Constance who is in love with Gaspar, the son of her father's enemy. (From Wikipedia)


Falkner

by Mary Shelley Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Falkner charts a young woman's education under a tyrannical father figure.


The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck

by Mary Shelley Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck is an 1830 historical novel by Mary Shelley about the life of Perkin Warbeck. The book takes a Yorkist point of view and proceeds from the conceit that Perkin Warbeck died in childhood...


The Heir of Mondolfo

by Mary Shelley Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Excerpt:

As Ludovico rode along, and the first emotions of pity having, as it were, ceased to throb in his mind, these feelings merged into the strain of thought in which he habitually indulged, and turned its...


The Invisible Girl

by Mary Shelley Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The tale is set in Wales, and tells the story of a young woman named Rosina, who lives with her guardian, Sir Peter Vernon, and is secretly engaged to his son, Henry. Henry is away from home when their relationship...


The Last Man

by Mary Shelley Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A futuristic story of tragic love and of the gradual extermination of the human race by plague, The Last Man is Mary Shelley's most important novel after Frankenstein. With intriguing portraits of Percy Bysshe...


Lodore

by Mary Shelley Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The central story follows the fortunes of the wife and daughter of the title character, Lord Lodore, who is killed in a duel at the end of the first volume, leaving a trail of legal, financial, and familial...


Mathilda

by Mary Shelley Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Narrating from her deathbed, Matilda tells the story of her unnamed father's confession of incestuous love for her, followed by his suicide by drowning; her relationship with a gifted young poet called Woodville...


The Mortal Immortal

by Mary Shelley Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Mortal Immortal deals with the cursed life of Winzy, a young man who has lived for 323 years. He recollects the events that led to his immortality. Winzy worked for the professor and alchemist Cornelius...


The Diamond Lens

by Fitz James O'Brien Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

How I longed to discover the secret of some perfect lens, whose magnifying power should be limited only by the resolvability of the object, and which at the same time should be free from spherical and chromatic...


Animal Ghosts

by Elliott O'Donnell Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Some years ago the neighbourhood of Orskaia, in East Russia, was roused by an affair of a very remarkable nature. The body of a handsome young peasant woman, called Marthe Popenkoff, was found in a lonely part...


Rebel Raider

by Henry Beam Piper Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

In the gripping Civil War story "Rebel Raider," H. Beam Piper takes a break from the science fiction that was his typical stock-in-trade and beams readers back into the midst of the conflict that ripped the...


The Assignation

by Edgar Allan Poe Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

ILL-FATED and mysterious man!—bewildered in the brilliancy of thine own imagination, and fallen in the flames of thine own youth! Again in fancy I behold thee! Once more thy form hath risen before me!—not—oh...


Berenice

by Edgar Allan Poe Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

"Berenice" is a short horror story by Edgar Allan Poe, first published in the Southern Literary Messenger in 1835. The story follows a man named Egaeus who is preparing to marry his cousin Berenice.


The Gold-Bug

by Edgar Allan Poe Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Set on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, the plot follows William Legrand, who was recently bitten by a gold-colored bug. His servant Jupiter fears Legrand is going insane and goes to Legrand's friend, an unnamed...


The Imp of the Perverse

by Edgar Allan Poe Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

"The Imp of the Perverse" is a short story by 19th-century American author and critic Edgar Allan Poe. Beginning as an essay, it discusses the narrator's self-destructive impulses, embodied as the symbolic metaphor...


Ligeia

by Edgar Allan Poe Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The story follows an unnamed narrator and his wife Ligeia, a beautiful and intelligent raven-haired woman. She falls ill. After her death, the narrator marries the Lady Rowena. Rowena becomes ill and she dies...


The Mystery of Marie Rogêt

by Edgar Allan Poe Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Poe's detective character C. Auguste Dupin and his assistant, the unnamed narrator, undertake the unsolved murder of Marie Rogêt in Paris. The body of Rogêt, a perfume shop employee, is found in the Seine,...


Shadow

by Edgar Allan Poe Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Excerpt:

Ye who read are still among the living; but I who write shall have long since gone my way into the region of shadows. For indeed strange things shall happen, and secret things be known, and many centuries...


A Tale of the Ragged Mountains

by Edgar Allan Poe Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Set in late November 1827, the tale is begun by an unidentified narrator whose story is the loose outer frame for the central tale of Augustus Bedloe, a wealthy young invalid whom the narrator has known "casually"...


Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque

by Edgar Allan Poe Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque is a collection of previously-published short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, first published in 1840.


William Wilson

by Edgar Allan Poe Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The story follows a man of "a noble descent" who calls himself William Wilson because, although denouncing his profligate past, he does not accept full blame for his actions, saying that "man was never thus...


The Shot

by Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Shot details events at a military outpost in a Russian province, and then several years later, on a country estate. Pushkin discusses themes of honor, revenge and death, and places them within the broader...


The Third Book

by François Rabelais Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Rabelais then returned to the story of Pantagruel himself in the last three books. In The Third Book of Pantagruel (in French, Le tiers-livre de Pantagruel; the original title is Le tiers livre des faicts et...


The Great White Queen

by William Le Queux Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A classic example of early "lost race" science-fiction.


The Seven Secrets

by William Le Queux Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A mystery set in fin de siècle London. An elderly man is murdered and suspicion falls on his young widow. But then things get very complicated and lies and clues abound…


Love of Life & Other Stories

by Jack London Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A collection of eight short stories from American author, journalist, and social activist Jack London. Written during his 'Klondike' period, the title story 'Love of Life' follows the trek of a prospector across...


Moon-Face & Other Stories

by Jack London Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The title story is a short story by Jack London, on the subject of extreme antipathy. The unnamed protagonist of the story has an irrational hatred of John Claverhouse, the moon-face man. He hates really everything...


A Son of the Sun

by Jack London Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A Son of the Sun is a 1912 novel by Jack London. It is set in the South Pacific at the beginning of the 20th century and consists of eight separate stories. David Grief is a forty-year-old English adventurer...


The Kalevala

by Elias Lönnrot Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The national folk epic of Finland is here presented in an English translation that is both scholarly and eminently readable. The lyrical passages and poetic images, the wry humor, the tall-tale extravagance,...


The Novel of the Black Seal

by Arthur Machen Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

'The Novel of the Black Seal' is a short story of a professor who discovers markings on some Welsh limestone that correspond to characters found in ancient Babylon.


The Terror

by Arthur Machen Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

"Explosion at Munition Works in the Northern District: Many Fatalities." The working man told me about it, and added some dreadful details. Corpses so terribly maimed that coffins had been kept covered; faces...


The White People

by Arthur Machen Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A discussion between two men on the nature of evil leads one of them to reveal a mysterious Green Book he possesses. It is a young girl's diary, in which she describes in ingenuous, evocative prose her strange...


The Master-Knot of Human Fate

by Ellis Meredith Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A most remarkable and interesting book; it is striking and has a singular purity of style. The circumstances surrounding the man and woman who live its chapters are far removed from the commonplace, in fact...