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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)

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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)

Being an account of their Adventures in the Strange places of the Earth, after the foundering of the good ship Glen Carrig through striking upon a hidden rock in the unknown seas to the Southward. As told by...


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...


The Tell-Tale Heart

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

"The Tell-Tale Heart" is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe first published in 1843. It follows an unnamed narrator who insists on his sanity after murdering an old man with a "vulture eye". The murder is carefully...


The Cask of Amontillado

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

"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...


The Extra Day

by Algernon Blackwood Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Blackwood was born in Shooter's Hill (today part of south-east London, but then part of northwest Kent) and educated at Wellington College. His father was a Post Office administrator who, according to Peter...


The Beetle

by Richard Marsh Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Beetle (or The Beetle: A Mystery) is an 1897 horror novel by the British writer Richard Marsh, in which a polymorphous Ancient Egyptian entity seeks revenge on a British Member of Parliament. It initially...


Stranger Things Happen

by Kelly Link Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

This first collection by award-winning author Kelly Link takes fairy tales and cautionary tales, dictators and extraterrestrials, amnesiacs and honeymooners, revenants and readers alike, on a voyage into new,...


The Magician

by W. Somerset Maugham Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Magician is an early W. Somerset Maugham novel, originally published in 1908. In this tale, the magician Oliver Haddo, a caricature of Aleister Crowley, attempts to create life. Crowley wrote a critique...


The Raven

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

"The Raven" is a narrative poem by the American writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe. It was published for the first time on January 29, 1845, in the New York Evening Mirror. Noted for its musicality, stylized language...


The Lair of the White Worm

by Bram Stoker Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Something evil is lurking under the ground in Diana' s Grove. Summoned by his great-uncle, Richard Salton, Adam Salton travels to Lesser Hill, Mercia, only to find himself surrounded by evil. Be it the Castra...


The Jewel of Seven Stars

by Bram Stoker Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A mysterious attack on Margaret Trelawny's father brings young lawyer Malcolm Ross into the eminent Egyptologist's home; amid mummies and Oriental relics, ancient forces greater than they previously could have...


The Beast in the Cave

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

A man touring a Mammoth Cave separates from his guide and becomes lost. His torch expires and he is giving up hope of finding a way out in the pitch dark when he hears strange non-human footsteps approaching...


The Call of Cthulhu

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

"The Call of Cthulhu" is one of H. P. Lovecraft's best-known short stories. Written in the summer of 1926, it was first published in Weird Tales, February 1928. It is the only story written by Lovecraft in which...


The Shadow out of Time

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

"The Shadow Out of Time" indirectly tells of the Great Race of Yith, an extraterrestrial species with the ability to travel through space and time. The Yithians accomplish this by switching bodies with hosts...


The Shadow Over Innsmouth

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

The story describes of a strange hybrid race, half-human and half an unknown creature that resembles a cross between a fish and frog, that dwells in the seaside village of Innsmouth (formerly a large town, but...


The Wendigo

by Algernon Blackwood Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Wendigo is a short novel that describes the terror of irrational forces and sensations of abssolutely wild nature, represented in the near infinite woods of Canada trough a mythical creature known as the...


The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade

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

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Beasts and Super-Beasts

by Saki Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Beasts and Super-Beasts is a collection of short stories, written by Saki (the literary pseudonym of Hector Hugh Munro) and first published in 1914.

Along with The Chronicles of Clovis, Beasts and Super-Beasts...


The Damned Thing

by Ambrose Bierce Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

This engrossing tale presents as its central theme the ultimately unknowable – and untameable – essence of nature and the natural world. Told from several different perspectives, the story focuses on a freak...


The Centaur

by Algernon Blackwood Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

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


The Watcher by the Threshold

by John Buchan Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A collection of stories from John Buchan, author of 'The Thirty-nine Steps'. The pagan themes and classic adventures are set in Scottish countryside. In 'The Far Islands' and 'Fountainblue' Buchan describes...


The Signal-Man

by Charles Dickens Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

"The Signal-Man" is a horror/mystery story by Charles Dickens, first published as part of the Mugby Junction collection in the 1866 Christmas edition of All the Year Round. - From Wikipedia


The Jolly Corner

by Henry James Open BookShelf (March 25, 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...


The King in Yellow

by Robert William Chambers Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The book is named after a fictional play with the same title which recurs as a motif through some of the stories. The first half of the book features highly esteemed weird stories, and the book is described...


The Garden of Survival

by Algernon Blackwood Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Twins may be similar in outward appearance and share genetic material, but the paths they take in life are often markedly divergent. That's certainly the case in Algernon Blackwood's The Garden of Survival,...


The Masque of the Red Death

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

"The Masque of the Red Death", originally published as "The Mask of the Red Death", is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe and first published in 1842. The story follows Prince Prospero's attempts to avoid...


The Man Whom the Trees Loved

by Algernon Blackwood Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

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A Prisoner in Fairyland

by Algernon Blackwood Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

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The Willows

by Algernon Blackwood Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

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