A GHOST

by Guy De Maupassant. Originally Published in Famous Modern Ghost Stories, 1921. An old man relates the story of his chilling encounter with the supernatural! We were speaking of sequestration, alluding to a recent lawsuit. It was at the close of a friendly evening in a very old mansion in the Rue de Grenelle, and each of the guests had a story to tell, which he assured us was true. Then the old Marquis de la Tour-Samuel, eighty-two years of age, rose and came forward to lean on the mantelpiece. He told the following story in his slightly quavering voice. "I, also, have witnessed a strange Continue reading

A NEW CHRISTMAS CAROL

by Arthur Machen. Originally Published in 1920. Christmastide arrives, ten years after Ebeneezer Scrooge's renowned ghostly visitations! Scrooge was undoubtedly getting on in life, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. Ten years had gone by since the spirit of old Jacob Marley had visited him, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come had shown him the error of his mean, niggardly, churlish ways, and had made him the merriest old boy that ever walked on 'Change with a chuckle, and was called "Old Medlar" by the young dogs who never Continue reading

THE HOUSE AMONG THE LAURELS

by William Hope Hodgson. Originally Published in The Idler, February 1910. Thomas Carnacki, the famous Investigator of "real" ghost stories, tells here the results of his peculiar and weird investigations in The House Among The Laurels. "This is a curious yarn that I am going to tell you," said Carnacki, as after a quiet little dinner we made ourselves comfortable in his cosy dining-room. "I have just got back from the West of Ireland," he continued. "Wentworth, a friend of mine, has lately had rather an unexpected legacy, in the shape of a large estate and manor, about a mile and a half Continue reading

THE WRECK OF THE TITAN

by Morgan Robertson. . Originally Published As "Futility" in 1898. A giant "indestructible" ship sets sail on its maiden voyage! Chapter: I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X XI XII XIII XIV XV XVI Chapter One HE was the largest craft afloat and the greatest of the works of men. In her construction and maintenance were involved every science, profession, and trade known to civilization. On her bridge were officers, who, besides being the pick of the Royal Navy, had passed rigid examinations in all studies that pertained to the winds, tides, currents, and geography of the sea; they were not only Continue reading

THE TAILED MEN

by Arthur Friel . from Adventure, February 18, 1921. Brazillian rain forest explorers encounter terrifying animal-men! THOSE are true words, senhor, though spoken in jest. You say that if men were shaped to fit their natures some would find it hard to wear hat and trousers, because they would have horns and tails. I have met men who should have been so marked, and who ought also to have had claws instead of hands and split hoofs instead of feet; for, though their bodies were human, they were fiends at heart. True, in time their malice became known, and at last their own evil deeds caused Continue reading

THE MUMMY'S FOOT

by Thophile Gautier . Originally Published in Harper's New Monthly Magazine April, 1871. A man purchases the mummified foot of an ancient Egyptian princess, and she wants it back! I had entered, in an idle mood, the shop of one of those curiosity venders who are called marchands de bric--brac in that Parisian argot which is so perfectly unintelligible elsewhere in France. You have doubtless glanced occasionally through the windows of some of these shops, which have become so numerous now that it is fashionable to buy antiquated furniture, and that every petty stockbroker thinks he must have Continue reading

THE MAN WITH THE EVIL EYE

by Clifford Goodrich. Originally Published in The Shadow May 1, 1938. When the Whisperer bumped into himself on the street, all hell broke loose! The first woman who saw the wispy figure grabbed her child and ran into the tenement. The second one pointed her finger at him. She said, "E-e-e-!" Then she fainted. A group of children scattered into various doorways on the squalid street. It was very peculiar. The little figure in gray turned a pointed chin to the spot the children had vacated. He hissed an eerie whispering warning and glided down the street. Eyes looked furtively out of windows. Continue reading

THE SCARECROW, DR. SYN

by Russell Thorndyke. Originally published in 1915. Contents  1. Dymchurch-under-the-wall  2. The Coming of the Kings Frigate  3. The Coming of the Kings Men  4. The Captain  5. A Bottle of Alsace Lorraine  6. Doctor Syn Takes Cold  7. Clegg the Buccaneer  8. Dogging the Schoolmaster  9. The End of Sennacherib Pepper 10.Doctor Syn Gives Some Advice 11.The Court House Inquiry 12.The Captain Objects 13.The End of the Inquiry 14.At the Vicarage 15.A Landed Proprietor Sets Up a Gallows Tree 16.The Schoolmasters Suit 17.The Doctor Sings a Song 18.Behind the Shutters 19.The Captains Continue reading

LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER

by Roald Dahl (1916-1990) Betrayal can be deadly The room was warm and clean, the curtains drawn, the two table lamps alight-hers and the one by the empty chair opposite. On the sideboard behind her, two tall glasses, soda water, whiskey. Fresh ice cubes in the Thermos bucket. Mary Maloney was waiting for her husband to come home from work. Now and again she would glance up at the clock, but without anxiety, merely to please herself with the thought that each minute gone by made it nearer the time when he would come. There was a slow smiling air about her, and about everything she did. The Continue reading

THE POOL OF THE STONE GOD

by A. Merritt (writing as W. Fenimore). Originally Published in American Weekly Sept. 23, 1923. Shipwreck survivors discover an abandoned village guarded by a huge stone god! This is Professor James Marston's story. A score of learned bodies have courteously heard him tell it, and then among themselves have lamented that so brilliant a man should have such an obsession. Professor Marston told it to me in San Francisco, just before he started to find the island that holds his pool of the stone god and -the wings that guard it. He seemed to me very sane. It is true that the equipment of his Continue reading