by Peter Clark MacFarlane . Originally Published in Cosmopolitian magazine April 1914. Detective Sgt. McCarty is on the trail of a well-known criminal! McCarty, the rough-and-ready criminal-snatcher-the detective-genius-the handy man on the "force." He is a student of men, not of psychology, and through long experience has learned the trick of substituting himself for the man he is hunting, of putting the criminal's brain into his own skull. In this story, the author places, McCarty on the track of a well-known crook, and there is "something doing" from the first minute the sergeant hits the Continue reading


by B. From Magdalene College Magazine, December 1913. The mummified remains of a pious man are disturbed, and he isn't happy! The year was 1754, the month October. The Chapel at Magdalene had been undergoing renovation all the summer, at the hands of the ingenious Mr Collins, of Clare Hall - indeed, since the beginning of the Easter Term the College services had been held in St Giles' Church adjacent. ~ 2 ~ Mr Dobree the Bursar, a big bluff man, was pacing in the Court in the autumn sunshine. Some workmen were carrying planks and poles out of the doorway of the Chapel staircase. The Bursar's Continue reading


by Perley Poore Sheehan. Originally Published in Thrilling Adventures, August 1932. Two Americans, one a mystic and the other a fighting fool nicknamed Captain Trouble--in quest of the lost empire of Shamballah! CHAPTER 1 "SHAMBALLAH!" It was a whisper that Shattuck had heard a thousand times, always with some hint of mystery and dread about it, ever since Michmander, the Afghan, had first led him into forbidden territory. Here on the face of the desert it was absolutely dark. All that could be seen of the earth was the floating blackness of the surrounding dunes. Yet the stars shone--they Continue reading


by Jack Vance. Originally Published in Galaxy August 1961. Ser Edwer Thissell has to search for a murderous imposter on a planet where everyone wears a mask! THE SYMBOLIC adjuncts used to enlarge the human personality are of course numerous. Clothes comprise a most important category of these symbols and sometimes when people are gathered together it is amusing to examine garments, unobtrusively of course, and to reflect that each article has been selected with solicitous care with the intention of creating some particular effect. Despite the symbolic power of clothes, men and women are Continue reading


by Philip Francis Nowlan. Originally Published in Amazing Stories August 1928. Anthony "Buck" Rogers, a victim of accidental suspended animation, awakens five hundred years later to discover America groaning under the tyranny of the villainous Han! PROLOGUE Elsewhere I have set down, for whatever interest they have in this, the 25th Century, my personal recollections of the 20th Century. Now it occurs to me that my memories of the 25th Century may have an equal interest 500 years from now--particularly in view of that unique perspective from which I have seen the 25th Century, entering it as Continue reading


by Ellis Parker Butler. from Argosy May 18, 1918. German spies during the First World War launch a plot to lower New York City's temperature to far below freezing! The activities of the Federal Secret Service men had been so great and so efficient during the spring and summer that we found our hands tied. Our well-arranged plans to injure the United States and hamper its war activities were amounting to nothing whatever. Our agents, after several hundred or more had been arrested and shot, refused to obey our instructions and the carefully planned campaign we had arranged was amounting to Continue reading


by O. Henry. Originally Published in New York Sunday World Newspaper Dec. 10, 1905. A young Irish-American and his Italian-American bride face poverty and their first Christmas together, in New York City. ONE dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one’s cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied. Three times Della counted it. One dollar and eighty-seven cents. And the next day would be Christmas. There Continue reading


by Don Cameron Shafer . Originally Published in Frontier Stories Spring 1948. A Devon cow and a red ox - that's all Teigue O'Dae wanted for his forest homestead. But a moss-soft heart made him throw his stake with a six-gun shrew--and a pen-full of Shawnee scalp trouble! THE LOG CABIN WAS FIFTEEN by eighteen feet, nine feet to the rough hewn plates and fourteen to the gable roof of split pine shakes. Teigue O'Dae had built this wilderness home, with no other tools than an axe in his strong hands, an auger and an iron vrou. Now he tucked a long Deckard rifle under his left arm and whistled to Continue reading