THE WITCHES' SABBATH

by James Platt. Originally Published in Tales of the Supernatural 1894. Only a hermit and a young girl can stop the Great Sabbath from being unleashed upon the world at the stroke of midnight! Our scene is one of those terrific peaks set apart by tradition as the trysting place of wizards and witches, and of every kind of folk that prefers dark to day. It might have been Mount Elias, or the Brocken, associated with Doctor Faustus. It might have been the Horsel or Venusberg of Tannhaeuser, or the Black Forest. Enough that it was one of these. Not a star wrinkled the brow of night. Only in the Continue reading

THE CURSE OF THE MONOLITH

by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter . from Worlds of Fantasy #1, 1968. CONTENTS Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Conan, serving as a captain in the Turanian army, is sent by the generals of King Yildiz on a dangerous mission to Khitai! Chapter 1 The sheer cliffs of dark stone closed about Conan the Cimmerian like the sides of a trap. HE did not like the way their jagged peaks loomed against the few faint stars, which glittered like the eyes of spiders down upon the small camp on the flat floor of the valley. Neither did he like the chill, uneasy wind that whistled across the Continue reading

THE RANSOM OF RED CHIEF

by O. Henry . Originally Published in Whirligig 1910. The young son of a prosperous banker is kidnapped and held for ransom! It looked like a good thing: but wait till I tell you. We were down South, in Alabama—Bill Driscoll and myself—when this kidnapping idea struck us. It was, as Bill afterward expressed it, "during a moment of temporary mental apparition"; but we didn't find that out till later. There was a town down there, as flat as a flannel-cake, and called Summit, of course. It contained inhabitants of as undeleterious and self-satisfied a class of peasantry as ever Continue reading

HAUNTER OF THE RING

by Robert E. Howard. Originally Published in Weird Tales June, 1934. What if retribution for a black crime committed in a previous life were hounding you? As I entered John Kirowan's study I was too much engrossed in my own thoughts to notice, at first, the haggard appearance of his visitor, a big, handsome young fellow well known to me. "Hello, Kirowan," I greeted. "Hello, Gordon. Haven't seen you for quite a while. How's Evelyn?" And before he could answer, still on the crest of the enthusiasm which had brought me there, I exclaimed: "Look here, you fellows, I've got something that will Continue reading

WARNING FROM THE STARS

by Ron Cocking. Originally Published in Amazing Science Fiction Stories April 1959. What's in the strange box addressed to Dr Forster of the Air Force Special Research Center? IT WAS a beautifully machined container, shaped like a two pound chocolate candy box, the color and texture of lead. The cover fitted so accurately that it was difficult to see where it met the lip on the base. Yet when Forster lifted the container from the desk in the security guards' office, he almost hit himself in the face with it, so light was it. He read the words clumsily etched by hand into the top surface with Continue reading

THE UNUSUAL CASE

by Walter Kubilius. from Cosmic Science Fiction #3, July 1941. Professor Stimson's time machine propels him 2,000 years into the future, and a trial for his life! THE NEXT will be a really unusual case," Veril promised the visiting judge from Korina, "I think you will enjoy it." "Case number 43 !" the guard bawled out. "A man who claims to have traveled in time!" "Let him enter!" Veril said. The massive wooden doors swung open and Professor Stimson walked in, followed by an armed guard. He stood for a moment before the five high chairs of the court as his eyes accustomed themselves to the Continue reading