by William MacLeod Raine. Originally published in 1925. A Story of the Old Hell-raising Trail's End, Where the Colt Was King.   IT WAS in the days when the new railroad was pushing through the country of the plains Indians that a drunken cowboy got on the train at a way station in Kansas. John Bender, the conductor, asked him for his ticket. He had none, but he pulled out a handful of gold pieces.   "I wantta--g-go to--h-hell," he hiccoughed.   Bender did not hesitate an instant. "Get off at Dodge. One dollar, please."   Dodge City Continue reading


by Mark Twain. From Sketches New and Old, 1903. I TOOK a large room, far up Broadway, in a huge old building whose upper stories had been wholly unoccupied for years, until I came. The place had long been given up to dust and cobwebs, to solitude and silence. I seemed groping among the tombs and invading the privacy of the dead, that first night I climbed up to my quarters. For the first time in my life a superstitious dread came over me; and as I turned a dark angle of the stairway and an invisible cobweb swung its slazy woof in my face and clung there, I shuddered as one who had encountered Continue reading


by H. P. Lovecraft . from Weird Tales, July 1933. A young grad student moves into an old boarding-house where a 300-year-old witch awaits a child sacrifice! Whether the dreams brought on the fever or the fever brought on the dreams Walter Gilman did not know. Behind everything crouched the brooding, festering horror of the ancient town, and of the mouldy, unhallowed garret gable where he wrote and studied and wrestled with flgures and formulae when he was not tossing on the meagre iron bed. His ears were growing sensitive to a preternatural and intolerable degree, and he had long ago stopped Continue reading


by George Griffith. from Pearson's Magazine, January 1900. Newlyweds honeymooning in space find a mysterious lunar pyramid surrounded by bleached bones. (An Account of the Adventures of the Earl of Redgrave and his Bride on their Honeymoon in Space) INTRODUCTORY NOTE. The adventures of Rollo Lenox Smeaton Aubrey, Earl of Redgrave, and his bride Lilla Zaidie, daughter of the late Professor Hartley Rennick, Demonstrator in Physical Science in the Smith-Oliver University in New York, were first made possible by that distinguished scientist's now famous separation of the Forces of Nature into Continue reading


by Augustus Hare. Originally Published in The Story Of My Life, 1896. An ancient evil is unleashed upon the new tennants of Croglin Grange! An intriguing account of vampirism was related by a certain Captain Fisher, to Augustus Hare, who wrote of it in the Story of My Life. "Fisher," said the Captain, "may sound a very plebeian name, but this family is of a very ancient lineage, and for many hundreds of years they have possessed a very curious old place in Cumberland, which bears the weird name of Croglin Grange. The great characteristic of the house is that never at any period of its very Continue reading


by Clarence E. Mulford. Originally Published in Western Novel and Short Stories, February 1935. Someone had a grudge against Hopalong Cassidy; one of seven long years standing, but the payoff ran an altogether different finale! NOT more than a few weeks after the Bar-20 drive outfit returned to the ranch, a solitary horseman pushed on towards the trail they had followed, bound for Buckskin and the Bar-20 range. His name was Buzz Adams and he cordially hated all of the Bar-20 outfit and Hopalong in particular. He had nursed a grudge for several years and now, as he rode south to rid himself of Continue reading


by Arthur C. Clarke . from Ten Story Fantasy, Spring 1951. Explorers make an astounding discovery on the Moon! The next time you see the full moon high in the south, look carefully at its right-hand edge and let your eye travel upward along the curve of the disk. Round about two o'clock you will notice a small, dark oval: anyone with normal eyesight can find it quite easily. It is the great walled plain, one of the finest on the Moon, known as the Mare Crisium-the Sea of Crises. Three hundred miles in diameter, and almost completely surrounded by a ring of magnificent mountains, it had never Continue reading


by Charles R. Tanner. from Super Science Stories, vol.3, no.2 Nov. 1941. Death prowled the land with a hungry tread, and the Venus fire was the only law, as Tumithak of the Corridors came out of the pits of darkness to make his last great fight to reclaim the earth for his people. Foreword: FIVE thousand years ago, the savage shelks of Venus invaded this planet and drove Man from his proud place as master of the earth's Surface into the pits and corridors, where he was to skulk in fear and terror for twenty long centuries. Three thousand years ago, the first pitmen emerged from their hole and Continue reading