Seven Gothic Tales

Author: Isak Dinesen
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307791807
Category: Fiction
Page: 448
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Originally published in 1934, Seven Gothic Tales, the first book by "one of the finest and most singular artists of our time" (The Atlantic), is a modern classic. Here are seven exquisite tales combining the keen psychological insight characteristic of the modern short story with the haunting mystery of the nineteenth-century Gothic tale, in the tradition of writers such as Goethe, Hoffmann, and Poe.

Winter's Tales

Author: Isak Dinesen
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307791823
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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In Isak Dinesen's universe, the magical enchantment of the fairy tale and the moral resonance of myth coexist with an unflinching grasp of the most obscure human strengths and weaknesses. A despairing author abandons his wife, but in the course of a long night's wandering, he learns love's true value and returns to her, only to find her a different woman than the one he left. A landowner, seeking to prove a principle, inadvertently exposes the ferocity of mother love. A wealthy young traveler melts the hauteur of a lovely woman by masquerading as her aged and loyal servant. Shimmering and haunting, Dinesen's Winter's Tales transport us, through their author's deft guidance of our desire to imagine, to the mysterious place where all stories are born.

Out Of Africa

Author: Isak Dinesen
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 1443432954
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 416
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In Out of Africa, author Isak Dinesen takes a wistful and nostalgic look back on her years living in Africa on a Kenyan coffee plantation. Recalling the lives of friends and neighbours—both African and European—Dinesen provides a first-hand perspective of colonial Africa. Through her obvious love of both the landscape and her time in Africa, Dinesen’s meditative writing style deeply reflects the themes of loss as her plantation fails and she returns to Europe. HarperTorch brings great works of non-fiction and the dramatic arts to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperTorch collection to build your digital library.

Last Tales

Author: Isak Dinesen
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780140180725
Category: English fiction
Page: 341
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Entertainments and Posthumous Tales
Author: Isak Dinesen
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226153049
Category: Fiction
Page: 345
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Spanning every stage of Isak Dinesen's career, this collection of tales includes Carnival, The Proud Lady, Second Meeting, and other works that have not previously appeared in book form in English

The Vampyre, the Werewolf and Other Gothic Tales of Horror

Author: John William Polidori,Rochelle Kronzek
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486471926
Category: Fiction
Page: 118
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Lock the doors and turn on the lights! These seven blood-chilling tales of the macabre are a showcase of the supernatural that is sure to haunt your dreams. Includes John Polidori's genre-defining "The Vampyre," Edward Bulwer-Lytton's "Monos and Daimonos," Clemence Housman's "The Werewolf," plus 4 anonymous tales, including "The Curse" and "The Victim."

Creepy California

Strange and Gothic Tales from the Golden State
Author: Keven McQueen
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253029139
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 146
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Beneath California’s scenic landscape lies a strange and dark side, full of spine-tingling tales and frightful imagery. Creepy California: Strange and Gothic Tales from the Golden State explores the disturbing and macabre stories of unexplained deaths, intentional live burials, true crimes, and ghosts who haunt the Pacific Coast. This spooky collection includes the extraordinarily odd, like the account of a coroner, who "borrowed" the stylish clothes of one dead man and even sold the corpse’s head to a doctor for scientific research, and the paranormal, like the tale of a haunted, two-story house in San Francisco that was moved across town in an effort to dislodge its ghostly tenants. The attempt failed, and the San Francisco Chronicle commented that "the neighborhood has been kept in a constant dread and torment by unearthly groans, mysterious lights, and agonized shrieks emanating from their dread habitation." An intriguing and frightful look at the disturbing side of the state, Creepy California promises to send chills down your spine and keep you looking over your shoulder.

Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre: The Best of H. P. Lovecraft

Author: H.P. Lovecraft
Publisher: Del Rey
ISBN: 0345463293
Category: Fiction
Page: 432
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This is the collection that true fans of horror fiction have been waiting for: sixteen of H.P. Lovecraft's most horrifying visions, including Lovecraft's masterpiece, THE SHADOW OUT OF TIME--the shocking revelation of the mysterious forces that hold all mankind in their fearsome grip. "I think it is beyond doubt that H.P. Lovecraft has yet to be surpassed as the Twentieth Century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale." Stephen King From the Trade Paperback edition.

American Supernatural Tales

Author: S. T. Joshi,Guillermo Del Toro
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101662751
Category: Fiction
Page: 512
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Part of a new six-volume series of the best in classic horror, selected by award-winning director Guillermo del Toro American Supernatural Tales is the ultimate collection of weird and frightening American short fiction. As Stephen King will attest, the popularity of the occult in American literature has only grown since the days of Edgar Allan Poe. The book celebrates the richness of this tradition with chilling contributions from some of the nation's brightest literary lights, including Poe himself, H. P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and—of course—Stephen King. This volumes also includes "The Yellow Sign," the most horrific story from The King in Yellow, the classic horror collection by Robert W. Chambers featured on HBO's hit TV series True Detective. By turns phantasmagoric, spectral, and demonic, this is a frighteningly good collection of stories. Filmmaker and longtime horror literature fan Guillermo del Toro serves as the curator for the Penguin Horror series, a new collection of classic tales and poems by masters of the genre. Included here are some of del Toro’s favorites, from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Ray Russell’s short story “Sardonicus,” considered by Stephen King to be “perhaps the finest example of the modern Gothic ever written,” to Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and stories by Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Ted Klein, and Robert E. Howard. Featuring original cover art by Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley, these stunningly creepy deluxe hardcovers will be perfect additions to the shelves of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal aficionados everywhere. From the Hardcover edition.

Isak Dinesen

The Life of a Storyteller
Author: Judith Thurman
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312135256
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 512
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Winner of the National Book Award A brilliant literary portrait, Isak Dinesen remains the only comprehensive biography of one of the greatest storytellers of our time. Her magnificent memoir, Out of Africa, established Isak Dinesen as a major twentieth-century author, who was twice nominated for the Nobel Prize. With exceptional grace, Judith Thurman's classic work explores Dinesen's life. Until the appearance of this book, the life and art of Isak Dinesen have been--as Dinesen herself wrote of two lovers in a tale-- "a pair of locked caskets, each containing the key to the other." Judith Thurman has provided the master key to them both.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories

Author: Washington Irving
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486131009
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 176
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Among the first tales by an American writer, the title story and "Rip Van Winkle" marked the entry of Washington Irving into world literature. Also includes "The Devil and Tom Walker," "The Spectre Bridegroom," and more, 15 short stories in all.

A Monster Calls

Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd
Author: Patrick Ness
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 0763669091
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Page: 224
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NOW A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor. At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting-- he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd-- whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself-- Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.

Shadows on the Grass

Author: Isak Dinesen,Karen Blixen
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141961465
Category: Fiction
Page: 144
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Isak Dinesen takes up the absorbing story of her life in Kenya begun in the unforgettable Out of Africa, which she published under the name of Karen Blixen. With warmth and humanity these four stories illuminate her love both for the African people, their dignity and traditions, and for the beauty and wildness of the landscape. The first three were written in the 1950s and the last, 'Echoes from the Hills', was written especially for this volume in the summer of 1960 when the author was in her seventies. In all they provide a moving final chapter to her African reminiscences.

The Masque of the Red Death

Author: Edgar Allan Poe
Publisher: Charles River Editors via PublishDrive
ISBN: 1629213853
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
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Edgar Allan Poe was one of the most famous authors in American history.Much of Poes work is incomparably dark and bizarre yet he also wrote the classic poem The Raven and is often credited as the inventor of detective fiction.This edition of Poes The Masque of the Red Death includes a table of contents.

An Anthropologist on Mars

Seven Paradoxical Tales
Author: Oliver Sacks
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0345805887
Category: Psychology
Page: 336
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To these seven narratives of neurological disorder Dr. Sacks brings the same humanity, poetic observation, and infectious sense of wonder that are apparent in his bestsellers Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. These men, women, and one extraordinary child emerge as brilliantly adaptive personalities, whose conditions have not so much debilitated them as ushered them into another reality.

Babette's Feast

Author: Isak Dinesen
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141970014
Category: Fiction
Page: 64
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'And it happened when Martine or Philippa spoke to Babette that they would get no answers, and would wonder if she had even heard what they said ... Orshe would sit immovable on the three-legged kitchen chair, her strong hands in her lap and her dark eyes wide open, as enigmatical and fatal as a Pythia upon her tripod. At such moments, they realised that Babette was deep, and that in the soundings of her being there were passions, there were memories and longings of which they knew nothing at all.' Babette's Feast is a sublime celebration of eating, drinking and sensual pleasure. In Isak Dinesen's life-affirming short story, two elderly sisters living in a remote, god-fearing Norwegian community take in a mysterious refugee from Paris one night - and are rewarded for their kindness with the most decadent, luxurious feast of a lifetime.

Red Spectres

Russian Gothic Tales from the Twentieth Century
Author: Muireann Maguire
Publisher: Overlook Press
ISBN: 9781468303483
Category: Fiction
Page: 224
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An English-language anthology of ghost stories, supernatural thrillers, and other gothic tales from Russia includes eleven pieces by such writers as Valery Bryusov, Mikhail Bulgakov, and Aleksandr Grin.

The Complete Stories

Author: Edgar Allan Poe
Publisher: Everyman's Library
ISBN: 9780679417408
Category: Fiction
Page: 955
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The complete stories by the master who influenced French symbolism, Freudian analysis, and Hollywood movies, includes his well-known tales of suspense and macabre as well as his lesser-known stories