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The King in Yellow

By Robert William Chambers
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Toward the end of the year 1920 the Government of the United States had practically completed the programme, adopted during the last months of President Winthrop's administration. The country was apparently tranquil. Everybody knows how the Tariff and Labour questions were settled. The war with Germany, incident on that country's seizure of the Samoan Islands, had left no visible scars upon the republic, and the temporary occupation of Norfolk by the invading army had been forgotten in the joy over repeated naval victories, and the subsequent ridiculous plight of General Von Gartenlaube's forces in the State of New Jersey. The Cuban and Hawaiian investments had paid one hundred per cent and the territory of Samoa was well worth its cost as a coaling station. The country was in a superb state of defence. Every coast city had been well supplied with land fortifications; the army under the parental eye of the General Staff, organized according to the Prussian system, had been increased to 300,000 men, with a territorial reserve of a million; and six magnificent squadrons of cruisers and battle-ships patrolled the six stations of the navigable seas, leaving a steam reserve amply fitted to control home waters. The gentlemen from the West had at last been constrained to acknowledge that a college for the training of diplomats was as necessary as law schools are for the training of barristers; consequently we were no longer represented abroad by incompetent patriots. The nation was prosperous; Chicago, for a moment paralyzed after a second great fire, had risen from its ruins, white and imperial, and more beautiful than the white city which had been built for its plaything in 1893. Everywhere good architecture was replacing bad, and even in New York, a sudden craving for decency had swept away a great portion of the existing horrors. Streets had been widened, properly paved and lighted, trees had been planted, squares laid out, elevated structures demolished and underground roads built to replace them. The new government buildings and barracks were fine bits of architecture, and the long system of stone quays which completely surrounded the island had been turned into parks which proved a god-send to the population. The subsidizing of the state theatre and state opera brought its own reward. The United States National Academy of Design was much like European institutions of the same kind. Nobody envied the Secretary of Fine Arts, either his cabinet position or his portfolio. The Secretary of Forestry and Game Preservation had a much easier time, thanks to the new system of National Mounted Police. We had profited well by the latest treaties with France and England; the exclusion of foreign-born Jews as a measure of self-preservation, the settlement of the new independent negro state of Suanee, the checking of immigration, the new laws concerning naturalization, and the gradual centralization of power in the executive all contributed to national calm and prosperity. When the Government solved the Indian problem and squadrons of Indian cavalry scouts in native costume were substituted for the pitiable organizations tacked on to the tail of skeletonized regiments by a former Secretary of War, the nation drew a long sigh of relief. When, after the colossal Congress of Religions, bigotry and intolerance were laid in their graves and kindness and charity began to draw warring sects together, many thought the millennium had arrived, at least in the new world which after all is a world by itself.

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By Hugh Lamb
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  • Publisher : Courier Corporation
  • Book Code : 0486147800
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Fiction
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  • Pdf File: gaslit-nightmares.pdf

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Sixteen long-neglected classics by renowned writers include "The Drunkard's Path," "An Unexpected Journey," "The Haunted Mill," "The Page-Boy's Ghost," "In the Court of the Dragon," and 11 others.

All-Time Favorite Detective Stories

By Rochelle Kronzek
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  • Publisher : Courier Corporation
  • Book Code : 0486119157
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 155
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Chosen by Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine as the best detective stories of 1950, these 12 classics include Edgar Allan Poe's "The Purloined Letter," Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Red-Headed League," Dorothy L. Sayers' "Suspicion," and more.

100+ Horror Collection. Scary Stories to Read in Bed Tonight. Illustrated

By Edgar Allan Poe,Bram Stoker,Mary Shelley,Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu,Robert Louis Stevenson,H.P. Lovecraft,Algernon Blackwood,Francis Marion Crawford,Robert W. Chambers,M. R. James
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  • Publisher : Strelbytskyy Multimedia Publishing
  • Book Code : N.a
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  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 933
  • Pdf File: 100-horror-collection-scary-stories-to-read-in-bed-tonight-illustrated.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. These facts few psychologists will dispute, and their admitted truth must establish for all time the genuineness and dignity of the weirdly horrible tale as a literary form… As may naturally be expected of a form so closely connected with primal emotion, the horror-tale is as old as human thought and speech themselves. H. P. Lovecraft Horror intends to create an eerie and frightening atmosphere for the reader. Prevalent elements include ghosts, demons, vampires, werewolves, ghouls, the Devil, witches, monsters, dystopian and apocalyptic worlds, serial killers, cannibalism, psychopaths, cults, dark magic, Satanism, the macabre, gore, and torture. Edgar Allan Poe The Murders in the Rue Morgue The Gold Bug The Black Cat The Pit and the Pendulum The Tell-Tale Heart The Fall of the House of Usher The Masque of the Red Death The Cask of Amontillado The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar Hop-Frog The Raven Bram Stoker Dracula Mary Shelley Frankenstein Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Carmilla Robert Louis Stevenson The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde H.P. Lovecraft The Alchemist At the Mountains of Madness Azathoth The Beast in the Cave Beyond the Wall of Sleep The Book The Call of Cthulhu The Case of Charles Dexter Ward The Cats of Ulthar The Colour out Of Space Dagon The Descendant The Doom that Came to Sarnath The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath The Dunwich Horror The Evil Clergyman Ex Oblivione Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family The Festival From Beyond The Haunter of the Dark He Herbert West-Reanimator The History of The Necronomicon The Horror at Red Hook The Hound Hypnos Ibid In the Vault the Little Glass Bottle Memory The Moon-Bog The Music of Erich Zann The Nameless City Nyarlathotep Old Bugs The Other Gods The Outsider Pickman's Model The Picture in the House Polaris The Quest of Iranon The Rats in the Walls A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson The Secret Cave or John Lees Adventure The Shadow Out Of Time The Shadow Over Innsmouth The Shunned House The Silver Key The Statement of Randolph Carter The Strange High House in the Mist The Street The Temple The Terrible Old Man The Tomb The Transition of Juan Romero The Tree Under the Pyramids The Very Old Folk What the Moon Brings The Whisperer in Darkness The White Ship Supernatural Horror in Literature Algernon Blackwood The Willows Francis Marion Crawford The Doll's Ghost Robert W. Chambers The King in Yellow M.R. James Canon Alberic's Scrap-Book Lost Hearts The Mezzotint The Ash-Tree Number 13 Count Magnus The Treasure Of Abbot Thomas A School Story The Rose Garden The Stalls Of Barchester Cathedral The Diary Of Mr. Poynter An Episode Of Cathedral History The Story Of A Disappearance And An Appearance An Evening's Entertainment A Warning To The Curious A Neighbour's Landmark The Uncommon Prayer-Book The Haunted Dolls' House Wailing Well There Was A Man Dwelt By A Churchyard Rats After Dark In The Playing Fields The Experiment The Malice Of Inanimate Objects A Vignette

Gothic Histories

By Clive Bloom
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 1441153403
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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In the middle of the eighteenth century the Gothic became the universal language of architecture, painting and literature, expressing a love not only of ruins, decay and medieval pageantry, but also the drug-induced monsters of the mind. By explaining the international dimension of Gothicism and dealing in detail with German, French and American authors, Gothic Histories demonstrates the development of the genre in every area of art and includes original research on Gothic theatre, spiritualism, 'ghost seeing' and spirit photography and the central impact of penny-dreadful writers on the genre, while also including a host of forgotten or ignored authors and their biographies. Gothic Histories is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of the Gothic and its literary double, the horror genre, leading the reader from their origins in the haunted landscapes of the Romantics through Frankenstein and Dracula to the very different worlds of Hannibal Lecter and Goth culture. Comprehensive and up-to-date, it is a fascinating guide to the Gothic and horror in film, fiction and popular culture.

Delphi Complete Weird Tales of Robert W. Chambers (Illustrated)

By Robert W. Chambers
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  • Publisher : Delphi Classics
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 7623
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 271
  • Pdf File: delphi-complete-weird-tales-of-robert-w-chambers.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The American Robert W. Chambers was a pioneer writer of weird, fantasy and supernatural tales, whose seminal collection of stories ‘The King in Yellow’ has had a lasting influence on the horror genre. This comprehensive eBook presents the complete Weird short story collections of Robert W. Chambers, with numerous illustrations, rare texts appearing in digital print for the first time, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 2) * Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Chambers’ life and works * Concise introductions to the novels and other texts * 42 novels, with individual contents tables * Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts * Excellent formatting of the texts * Many novels and tales are fully illustrated with their original artwork * Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the short stories * The complete Weird short story collections, including many Weird tales appearing here for the first time in digital publishing * Easily locate the short stories you want to read * Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles CONTENTS: The Franco-Prussian War Trilogy The Novels In the Quarter The Red Republic Lorraine Ashes of Empire Cardigan The Maid-At-Arms The Maids of Paradise In Search of the Unknown The Reckoning Iole The Tracer of Lost Persons The Fighting Chance The Younger Set The Firing Line Special Messenger The Danger Mark The Green Mouse Ailsa Paige The Common Law The Adventures of a Modest Man Blue-Bird Weather The Streets of Ascalon Japonette The Gay Rebellion The Business of Life Quick Action The Hidden Children Anne’s Bridge Between Friends Who Goes There! Athalie The Girl Philippa The Dark Star Barbarians The Laughing Girl The Restless Sex The Moonlit Way In Secret The Crimson Tide The Slayer of Souls The Little Red Foot The Flaming Jewel The Short Story Collections The King in Yellow The Maker of Moons The Mystery of Choice The Haunts of Men A Young Man in a Hurry The Tree of Heaven Police!!! The Better Man A Story of Primitive Love The Short Stories List of Short Stories in Chronological Order List of Short Stories in Alphabetical Order Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles

The Great God Pan and Other Horror Stories

By Arthur Machen
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 0192549561
  • Total of Pages : 448
  • Category : Fiction
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Book Short Summary:

Something pushed out from the body there on the floor, and stretched forth a slimy, wavering tentacle... Perhaps no figure better embodies the transition from the Gothic tradition to modern horror than Arthur Machen. In the final decade of the nineteenth century, the Welsh writer produced a seminal body of tales of occult horror, spiritual and physical corruption, and malignant survivals from the primeval past which horrified and scandalised-late-Victorian readers. Machen's 'weird fiction' has influenced generations of storytellers, from H. P. Lovecraft to Guillermo Del Toro-and it remains no less unsettling today. This new collection, which includes the complete novel The Three Impostors as well as such celebrated tales as The Great God Pan and The White People, constitutes the most comprehensive critical edition of Machen yet to appear. In addition to the core late-Victorian horror classics, a selection of lesser-known prose poems and later tales helps to present a fuller picture of the development of Machen's weird vision. The edition's introduction and notes contextualise the life and work of this foundational figure in the history of horror.

Horror Fiction in the 20th Century: Exploring Literature's Most Chilling Genre

By Jess Nevins
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  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Book Code : 1440862060
  • Total of Pages : 277
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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Book Short Summary:

Providing an indispensable resource for academics as well as readers interested in the evolution of horror fiction in the 20th century, this book provides a readable yet critical guide to global horror fiction and authors. Horror Fiction in the 20th Century encompasses the world of 20th-century horror literature and explores it in a critical but balanced fashion. Readers will be exposed to the world of horror literature, a truly global phenomenon during the 20th century. Beginning with the modern genre's roots in the 19th century, the book proceeds to cover 20th-century horror literature in all of its manifestations, whether in comics, pulps, paperbacks, hardcover novels, or mainstream magazines, and from every country that produced it. The major horror authors of the century receive their due, but the works of many authors who are less well-known or who have been forgotten are also described and analyzed. In addition to providing critical assessments and judgments of individual authors and works, the book describes the evolution of the genre and the major movements within it. Horror Fiction in the 20th Century stands out from its competitors and will be of interest to its readers because of its informed critical analysis, its unprecedented coverage of female authors and writers of color, and its concise historical overview. Covers both the best-known authors of horror literature and a large number of lesser-known or forgotten authors whose work would reward searching out by modern readers Is unprecedented in its coverage of international horror literature and includes dozens of authors whose horror fiction has never before been translated into English Covers the major 20th century developments and movements within horror literature in one volume, in a linear and chronological manner Is a corrective to decades of sexist, racist, colonialist, and provincial horror criticism