THE SEA RAIDERS

by H. G. Wells. Originally Published in The Weekly Sun Literary Supplement December 6, 1896. Monstrous denizens of the deep terrorize the residents of the Devonshire coast! CHAPTER 1 CHAPTER 2 CHAPTER 3 CHAPTER 1 Until the extraordinary affair at Sidmouth, the peculiar species Haploteuthis ferox was known to science only generically, on the strength of a half-digested tentacle obtained near the Azores, and a decaying body pecked by birds and nibbled by fish, found early in 1896 by Mr. Jennings, near Land's End. In no department of zoological science, indeed are we quite so much in the dark as Continue reading

AUTHENTICATED VAMPIRE STORY

by Franz Hartmann. from Occult Review, September 1909. After a nobleman dies, villagers suffer an abnormally high number of deaths among their children! On June 10, 1909, there appeared in a prominent Vienna paper (the Neues Wiener Journal) a notice (which I herewith enclose) saying that the castle of B— had been burned by the populace, because there was a great mortality among the peasant children, and it was generally believed that this was due to the invasion of a vampire, supposed to be the last Count B—, who died and acquired that reputation. The castle was situated in a wild and Continue reading

GULLIVAR OF MARS

by Edwin L. Arnold. originally published as Lieut. Gullivar Jones: His Vacation, 1905. CHAPTER I CHAPTER II CHAPTER III CHAPTER IV CHAPTER V CHAPTER VI CHAPTER VII CHAPTER VIII CHAPTER IX CHAPTER X CHAPTER XI CHAPTER XII CHAPTER XIII CHAPTER XIV CHAPTER XV CHAPTER XVI CHAPTER XVII CHAPTER XVIII CHAPTER XIX CHAPTER XX Gullivar Jones is whisked away to Mars, where he must rescue a Princess, or die trying CHAPTER I Dare I say it? Dare I say that I, a plain, prosaic lieutenant in the republican service have done the incredible things here set out for the love of a woman--for a chimera in female Continue reading

HUNTER QUATERMAIN'S STORY

by H. Rider Haggard. from In a Good Cause, 1885. The great hunter Alan Quatermain is embroiled in a life or death struggle with a demonic buffalo. Sir Henry Curtis, as everybody acquainted with him knows, is one of the most hospitable men on earth. It was in the course of the enjoyment of his hospitality at his place in Yorkshire the other day that I heard the hunting story which I am now about to transcribe. Many of those who read it will no doubt have heard some of the strange rumours that are flying about to the effect that Sir Henry Curtis and his friend Captain Good, R.N., recently found Continue reading

THE LOST RACE

by Robert E. Howard. Originally Published in Weird Tales #9, January 1927. Cororuc saves a wolf from a panther but is captured and held prisoner by the intended victim's clan! Cororuc glanced about him and hastened his pace. He was no coward, but he did not like the place. Tall trees rose all about, their sullen branches shutting out the sunlight. The dim trail led in and out among them, sometimes skirting the edge of a ravine, where Cororuc could gaze down at the treetops beneath. Occasionally, through a rift in the forest, he could see away to the forbidding hills that hinted of the ranges Continue reading

THE VAMPIRE MAID

by Hume Nisbet. Originally Published in Stories Weird and Wonderful, 1900. Searching for the meaning of life, has he finally found it in the pale raven-haired temptress? It was the exact kind of abode that I had been looking after for weeks, for I was in that condition of mind when absolute renunciation of society was a necessity. I had become diffident of myself, and wearied of my kind. A strange unrest was in my blood; a barren dearth in my brains. Familiar objects and faces had grown distasteful to me. I wanted to be alone. This is the mood which comes upon every sensitive and artistic Continue reading

THEY'RE MADE OUT OF MEAT

by Terry Bisson . from Omni, April 1991. It's wise to leave meat alone, unless you don't mind a lingering aftertaste! "They're made out of meat." "Meat?" "Meat. They're made out of meat." "Meat?" "There's no doubt about it. We picked up several from different parts of the planet, took them aboard our recon vessels, and probed them all the way through. They're completely meat." "That's impossible. What about the radio signals? The messages to the stars?" "They use the radio waves to talk, but the signals don't come from them. The signals come from machines." "So who made the machines? That's Continue reading

THE NEW ATLANTIS

by Francis Bacon. Originally published in 1626. Sea voyagers find a strange new land, but is it really new?    WE sailed from Peru, where we had continued by the space of one whole year, for China and Japan, by the South Sea, taking with us victuals for twelve months; and had good winds from the east, though soft and weak, for five months' space and more. But then the wind came about, and settled in the west for many days, so as we could make little or no way, and were sometimes in purpose to turn back. But then again there arose strong and great winds from the south, with a point east; Continue reading

PROTECTION

by Robert Sheckley . from Galaxy, April 1956. The Derg offered him protection from all future accidents, but at what cost? There'll be an airplane crash in Burma next week, but it shouldn't affect me here in New York. And the feegs certainly can't harm me. Not with all my closet doors closed. No, the big problem is lesnerizing. I must not lesnerize. Absolutely not. As you can imagine, that hampers me. And to top it all, I think I'm catching a really nasty cold. The whole thing started on the evening of November seventh. I was walking down Broadway on my way to Baker's Cafeteria. On my lips Continue reading

QUICK ON THE DRAW!

by James D. Lucey. Originally Published in The American Magazine, 1955. Doc Stanton is called upon to save the life of a gunfighter intent on killing his best friend! WALTERS, the barman at The Pride, stood before the doctor, his hand on his gun. "Come along, Doc!" he said. " Some yellow-livered citizen sneaked into The Pride last night an' switched the whiskey in Luke Guyer's special bar bottle with the stuff in my knockout bottle. Three drinks out of that bottle would kill anybody. Luke got about five in him before he hit the floor." Dr. Stanton nodded and limped over to a cupboard. Robert Continue reading