This volume contains the following 50 works, arranged alphabetically by authors’ last names: Asquith, Cynthia: “The Corner Shop” Benson, E. F.: “Caterpillars” Benson, E. F.: “The Face” Bierce, Ambrose: “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” Bierce, Ambrose: “The Middle Toe of the Right Foot” Blackwood, Algernon: “The Willows” Bowen, Marjorie: “Scoured Silk” Braddon, M. E.: “The Shadow in the Corner” Burke, Thomas: “The Hands of Mr. Ottermole” Burrage, A. M.: “Smee” Burrage, A. M.: “The Sweeper” Chambers, Robert W.: “The Repairer of Reputations” Cobb, Irvin S.: “Fishhead” Crawford, F. Marion: “The Screaming Skull” Daubeny, Ulric: “The Sumach” Dickens, Charles: “The Signal-Man” Doyle, Arthur Conan: “The Case of Lady Sannox” Dunsany, Lord: “Distressing Tale of Thangobrind the Jeweler” Edwards: Amelia B.: “The Four-Fifteen Express” Edwards, Amelia B.: “The Phantom Coach” Freeman, Mary E. Wilkins: “Luella Miller” Freeman, Mary E. Wilkins: “The Shadows on the Wall” Harvey, W. F.: “Across the Moors” Harvey, W. F.: “The Beast with Five Fingers” Hawthorne, Nathaniel: “The Ambitious Guest” Hawthorne, Nathaniel: “Young Goodman Brown” Hichens, Robert: “How Love Came to Professor Guildea” Hodgson, William Hope: “The Shamraken Homeward-Bounder” Jacobs, W. W.: “The Monkey’s Paw” James, Henry: “The Turn of the Screw” James, M. R.: “Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad” James, M. R.: “The Treasure of Abbot Thomas” Kafka, Franz: “In the Penal Colony” Keller, David H.: “The Thing in the Cellar” Kuttner, Henry: “The Graveyard Rats” Le Fanu, J. Sheridan: “Carmilla” Lovecraft, H. P.: “At the Mountains of Madness” Lovecraft, H. P.: “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” Lovecraft, H. P.: “The Call of Cthulhu” Machen, Arthur: “The Great God Pan” Nesbit, Edith: “The Shadow” O’Sullivan, Vincent: “When I Was Dead” Poe, Edgar Allan: “The Pit and the Pendulum” Poe, Edgar Allan: “The Tell-Tale Heart” Preston, Guy: “The Inn” Ronan, Margaret: “Finger Finger” Saki: “Gabriel-Ernest” Saki: “The Open Window” Steele, Wilbur Daniel: “The Woman at Seven Brothers” Stevenson, Robert Louis: “The Body-Snatcher”
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Charles Dickens was born in 1812 and became the most popular novelist of the Victorian era.
A prolific writer, he published more than a dozen novels in his lifetime, including Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and Hard Times, most of which have been adapted many times over for radio, stage and screen.
Henry James was born in New York in 1843 and was educated in Europe and America. He left Harvard Law School in 1863, after a year's attendance, to concentrate on writing, and from 1869 he began to make prolonged visits to Europe, eventually settling in England in 1876.
His literary output was prodigious and of the highest quality: more than ten outstanding novels, including The Portrait of a Lady and The American; countless novellas and short stories; as well as innumerable essays, letters, and other pieces of critical prose. Known by contemporary fellow novelists as 'the Master', James died in Kensington, London, in 1916.
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born on August 30, 1797, into a life of personal tragedy. In 1816, she married the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and that summer traveled with him and a host of other Romantic intellectuals to Geneva.
Her greatest achievement was piecing together one of the most terrifying and renowned stories of all time: Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. Shelley conceived Frankenstein in, according to her, "a waking dream."
This vision was simply of a student kneeling before a corpse brought to life. Yet this tale of a mad creator and his abomination has inspired a multitude of storytellers and artists. She died on February 1, 1851.,
Edith Nesbit was an English author and poet who was born in 1858.
As well as writing for children, she wrote poems, plays and was also a political activist and co-founded the Fabian Society.
Her most famous works are The Railway Children and Five Children and It.
A veteran of the American Civil War who fought at Shiloh and Chickamauga in the Union ranks, Bierce became one of America's best-known writers and journalists, admired for his insolent, entertaining and sometimes courageous columns.
In 1913 he set off for Mexico, then in the throes of revolution, and was never seen again. Ralph Steadman is the author of many illustrated books including Sigmund Freud, I Leonardo, The Big I Am, The Scar-Strangled Banner, Alice and Animal Farm. His most recent publication is the novel, Doodaaa.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859 and died in 1930. Within those years was crowded a variety of activity and creative work that made him an international figure and inspired the French to give him the epithet 'the good giant'.
He was the nephew of 'Dickie Doyle' the artist, and was educated at Stonyhurst, and later studied medicine at Edinburgh University, where the methods of diagnosis of one of the professors provided the idea for the methods of deduction used by Sherlock Holmes. He set up as a doctor at Southsea and it was while waiting for patients that he began to write.
His growing success as an author enabled him to give up his practice and turn his attention to other subjects. His greatest achievement was, of course, his creation of Sherlock Holmes, who soon attained international status and constantly distracted him from his other work; at one time Conan Doyle killed him but was obliged by public protest to restore him to life.
And in his creation of Dr Watson, Holmes's companion in adventure and chronicler, Conan Doyle produced not only a perfect foil for Holmes but also one of the most famous narrators in fiction.
Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts, where he wrote the bulk of his masterful tales of American colonial history.
His career as a novelist began with The Scarlet Letter (1850) and also includes The house of the Seven Gables, The Blithedale Romance, and The Marble Faun.
William Wymark Jacobs (1863 1943) was a prolific short-story writer.
Known for his trademark wit even in the horror story 'The Monkey's Paw', for which he is best known Jacobs set most of his stories in the docks of East London, where he lived from a young age, as well as in Essex, where he moved in his middle age.
Despite his great impact on the literary world, Franz Kafka was a relatively "unknown" author during his life-time. He published relatively few of his works, and those were published in very limited runs, or in small literary journals.
Franz Kafka born in Prague, July 3, 1883, the son of Hermann and Julie Kafka. The oldest, he had three suriving younger sisters. Valli, Elli, and Ottla. His father was a self-made middle class Jewish merchant, who raised his children in the hopes of assimilating them into the mainstream society of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
The official ruling language of the empire was German, so Franz attended German grammar school (Volksschule am Fleischmarkt), and later the German Gymnasium (Altstädter Deutsches Gymnasium). He finished his Doctorate of Law in Prague, studying at the German language University (Die deutsche Universität) there. He initially gained employment at a private insurance firm Assicurazioni Generali and then with the Arbeiter-Unfall-Versicherungs-Anstalt für das Königreichs Böhmen in Prag
His Job at the Worker's Accident Insurance provided him with a steady income and "regular" office hours, so that he could dedicate his evenings to writing. His diaries contain continuing accounts of his restlessness and sleeplessness as he would work all night writing, only to return to the office for the next day of work, throughly exhausted. Although he spoke and wrote Czech fluently throughout his life, his literary work was all completed in German.
He is known to have started writing at an early age, but all of his earliest attempts were later destroyed. His first pulished work came in 1907, and he continued to publish throughout the next seventeen years, but most of his works were published posthumously by his friend Max Brod.
Arthur Machen (Arthur Llewelyn Jones), a Welsh author of supernatural, fantasy, and horror fiction, was born on March 3, 1863. He grew up in Caerleon, Monmouthshire, and attended boarding school at Hereford Cathedral School.
He moved to London in 1881 and worked as a journalist, children's tutor, and publisher's clerk, finding time to write at night. By 1894, Machen had his first major success.
The Great God Pan was published by John Lane, and despite widespread criticism for its sexual and horrific content, it sold well and went into a second edition.
In the 1920s Machen's work became immensely popular in the United States, but Machen experienced increasing poverty; he was saved in 1931 by receiving a Civil List pension from the British government. Arthur Machen died on March 30, 1947.
Hector Hugh Munro (1870 1916) was a British author best known by his pen name Saki.
Although he wrote two novels and several political sketches most notably The Westminster Alice, a parody authorized by Carroll's publishers it is his large output of satirical short stories for which he is remembered, and is still considered one of the masters of the genre.
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He studied law but preferred writing and in 1881 was inspired by his stepson to write Treasure Island.
Other famous adventure stories followed including Kidnapped, as well as the famous collection of poems for children, A Child's Garden of Verses. Robert Louis Stevenson is buried on the island of Samoa.
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