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The Novel of the White Powder

by Arthur Machen Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A man's behavior takes a strange turn when he begins to take a new prescription. His sister can't decide if this is for the better or for the worse...


The Shining Pyramid

by Arthur Machen Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Excerpt:

"Haunted, you said?"

"Yes, haunted. Don't you remember, when I saw you three years ago, you told me about your place in the west with the ancient woods hanging all about it, and the wild, domed hills,...


Dreams in the Witch-House

by Howard Phillips Lovecraft Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Walter Gilman, a student of mathematics and folklore at Miskatonic University, takes a room in the Witch House, a house in Arkham thought to be accursed. The first part of the story is an account of the history...


The Whisperer in Darkness

by Howard Phillips Lovecraft Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The story is told by Albert N. Wilmarth, an instructor of literature at Miskatonic University in Arkham. When local newspapers report strange things seen floating in rivers during a historic Vermont flood, Wilmarth...


The Red Hand

by Arthur Machen Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

First published in 1895, “The Red Hand” is a short story by Welsh author Arthur Machan that includes the main characters from his novella “The Three Impostors”. The story revolves around gruesome a murder,...


Butcher Bird

by Richard Kadrey Open BookShelf (September 29, 2018)

Spyder Lee is a happy man who lives in San Francisco and owns a tattoo shop. One night an angry demon tries to bite his head off before he's saved by a stranger. The demon infected Spyder with something awful...


The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

by Howard Phillips Lovecraft Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Randolph Carter dreams three times of a majestic sunset city, but each time he is abruptly snatched away before he can see it up close. When he prays to the gods of dream to reveal the whereabouts of the phantasmal...


At the Mountains of Madness

by Howard Phillips Lovecraft Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

At the Mountains of Madness is a novella by horror writer H. P. Lovecraft, written in February/March 1931 and originally serialized in the February, March and April 1936 issues of Astounding Stories. It has...


The Descendant

by Howard Phillips Lovecraft Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

"The Descendant" is a horror story fragment by American writer H. P. Lovecraft, believed to have been written in 1927. It was first published in the journal Leaves in 1938, after Lovecraft's death.

From Wikipedia...


The Power of Darkness

by Edith Nesbit Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

"The figure of my wife came in it came straight towards the bed, its wide eyes were open and looked at me with love unspeakable."

Edith Nesbit, best known as the author of The Railway Children and other children's...


The Colour Out of Space

by Howard Phillips Lovecraft Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

"The Colour Out of Space" is a first-person narrative written from the perspective of an unnamed surveyor from Boston. In order to prepare for the construction of a new reservoir in Massachusetts, he surveys...


The Doom That Came to Sarnath

by Howard Phillips Lovecraft Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

According to the tale, more than 10,000 years ago, a race of shepherd people colonized the banks of the river Ai, in a land called Mnar, forming the cities of Thraa, Ilarnek, and Kadatheron (not to be confused...


The Angel of the Odd

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

The story follows an unnamed narrator who reads a story about a man who died after accidentally sucking a needle down his throat. He rages at the gullibility of humanity for believing such a hoax. He vows to...


The Demon Spell

by Hume Nisbet Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

"The Demon Spell" is a short story by Scottish-born novelist and artist, James Hume Nisbet. The tale tells of a strange seance, a rare coin, and a Kandian dagger.


Nyarlathotep

by Howard Phillips Lovecraft Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

"Nyarlathotep" is a prose poem by H. P. Lovecraft. It was written in 1920 and first saw publication in that year's November issue of The United Amateur. The poem itself is a bleak view of human civilization...


Herbert West: Reanimator

by Howard Phillips Lovecraft Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The narrator recounts his history with the title character, who has recently disappeared. As a medical student at Miskatonic University, the narrator becomes fascinated by West's theories, which postulate that...


Dagon

by Howard Phillips Lovecraft Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The story is the testament of a tortured, morphine-addicted man who relates an incident that occurred during his service as an officer during World War I. In the unnamed narrator's account, his cargo ship is...


The Night Land

by William Hope Hodgson Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Sun has gone out: the Earth is lit only by the glow of residual vulcanism. The last few millions of the human race are gathered together in a gigantic metal pyramid, the Last Redoubt, under siege from unknown...


The Centaur

by Algernon Blackwood Open BookShelf (September 29, 2018)

One of the greatest "mystical" works by Blackwood, wherein he explores man's empathy with the unknown forces of the universe.


The Thing on the Doorstep

by Howard Phillips Lovecraft Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Daniel Upton, the story's narrator, explains that he has killed his best friend, Edward Derby, and that he hopes his account will prove that he is not a murderer. He begins by describing Derby's life and career....


The Haunter of the Dark

by Howard Phillips Lovecraft Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The story takes place in Providence, Rhode Island and revolves around the Church of Starry Wisdom. The cult uses an ancient artifact known as the Shining Trapezohedron to summon a terrible being from the depths...


The Disinterment

by Howard Phillips Lovecraft Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

I awoke abruptly from a horrible dream and stared wildly about. Then, seeing the high, arched ceiling and the narrow stained windows of my friend’s room, a flood of uneasy revelation coursed over me; and I...


The Dunwich Horror

by Howard Phillips Lovecraft Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

In H.P. Lovecraft’s, "The Dunwich Horror", we are told the story of Wilbur Whateley, the son of a deformed albino mother and an unknown father (alluded to in passing by the mad Old Whateley as "Yog-Sothoth"),...


The Horror at Martin's Beach

by Howard Phillips Lovecraft Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Sailors kill a 50-foot creature at sea after a lengthy battle. The creature bears strange anatomical irregularities such as a single large eye and rudimentary forelegs and six-toed feet in place of pectoral...


The Crawling Chaos

by Howard Phillips Lovecraft Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The story begins with the narrator describing the effects of opium and the fantastical vistas it can inspire. The narrator then tells of his sole experience with opium in which he was accidentally administered...


The Jolly Corner

by Henry James Open BookShelf (September 29, 2018)

Henry James (1843 - 1916) was one of the leaders in the school of realism in fiction. He is known for his series of novels in which he portrayed the encounter of America with Europe. James is considered to be...


He

by Howard Phillips Lovecraft Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The story's anonymous narrator has moved from New England to New York City, and greatly regrets it. One night, while wandering in a historic part of Greenwich Village, he happens upon a man dressed in garments...


The Burial of the Rats

by Bram Stoker Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

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"Every city has its peculiar institutions created out of its own needs; and one of the most notable institutions of Paris is its rag-picking population. In the early morning-and Parisian life commences...


Dracula's Guest

by Bram Stoker Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Stories is a collection of short stories by Bram Stoker, first published in 1914, two years after Stoker's death. From Wikipedia.


The Angel of the Odd

by Edgar Allan Poe Open BookShelf (September 29, 2018)

The story follows an unnamed narrator who reads a story about a man who died after accidentally sucking a needle down his throat. He rages at the gullibility of humanity for believing such a hoax. He vows to...


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 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...


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.


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 Dualitists

by Bram Stoker Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Twins and their strange taste for destruction.


A Descent into the Maelström

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

Inspired by the Moskstraumen, it is couched as a story within a story, a tale told at the summit of a mountain climb. The story is told by an old man who reveals that he only appears old - "You suppose me a...


The Devil in the Belfry

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

In an isolated town called Vondervotteimittis (wonder-what-time-it-is), the punctilious inhabitants seem to be concerned with nothing but clocks and cabbage. This methodical, boring and quiet little borough...


Butcher Bird

by Richard Kadrey Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Spyder Lee is a happy man who lives in San Francisco and owns a tattoo shop. One night an angry demon tries to bite his head off before he's saved by a stranger. The demon infected Spyder with something awful...


Medusa's Coil

by Howard Phillips Lovecraft Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

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There is a Reaper ...

by Charles V. de Vet Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Doctors had given him just one month to live. A month to wonder, what comes afterward? There was one way to find out—ask a dead man!


The Boats of the 'Glen-Carrig'

by William Hope Hodgson Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

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The Metamorphosis

by Franz Kafka Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Metamorphosis (German: Die Verwandlung) is a novella by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into a "monstrous...


The Phantom of the Opera

by Gaston Leroux Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The story of a man named Erik, an eccentric, physically deformed genius who terrorizes the Opera Garnier in Paris. He builds his home beneath it and takes the love of his life, a beautiful soprano, under his...


The Fall of the House of Usher

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

The story begins with the unnamed narrator arriving at the house of his friend, Roderick Usher, having received a letter from him in a distant part of the country complaining of an illness and asking for his...


The Yellow Wallpaper

by Charlotte Perkins Gilman Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

THE YELLOW WALL-PAPER is a short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, first published in January 1892 in The New England Magazine. It is regarded as an important early work of American feminist literature, illustrating...