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Loretta and Blue got married too young, and had to give up their dreams. But when Blue starts becoming violent, Loretta decides to stop being a victim and to put an end to the matter once and for all. A compelling story about a family tragedy, published in The Best American Mystery Stories anthology.
Jeffers’s tenant insists that he pays for his wife’s funeral since he claims her death was caused by the ghost of Jeffers’s wife–a conflict that will end in two brutal murders. A chilling horror tale, chosen from The Best American Mystery Stories.
A middle aged accountant goes to Latin America to consult a dubious mining company. On his way he meets a young hippy couple who is about to take him on some crazy local ride. A gripping story that was anthologized in The Best American Mystery Stories.
An actor-turned-spy is sent to a remote moon on Neptune to free a mysterious inventor who has been held captive there after a recent revolution. But what is his real relationship to her? And how much does she already know about him? A sci-fi thriller with a touch of John le Carré.
In this exceptional synthesis of sci-fi and western tropes, the peace and isolation of the mountains is disturbed by an extraterrestrial visitor. Delia enjoys the solitude of herding sheep each summer, relishing the natural beauty, silence, and long walks that come as part of her job. However, after one particularly trying evening, she sees a green and yellow flash arc across the sky and discovers that an alien spaceship has landed on Earth.
An adventurous Englishman who has lost his way at night in a deserted cemetery in Germany wins the protection of the most famous vampire in the world. A part of the original manuscript of Dracula, this story was edited out of the final book and was published two years after the death of Bram Stoker.
A boy receives a nightly visit from his violent dead father, who is in search of the stick he used to terrorize his family while alive. But when the boy’s mother gets involved, things take a surprising turn. A short Gothic tale of supernatural revenge
In this Danish horror tale, a group of students and their professor are alarmed at the discovery that all of the arms from the medical school skeletons have disappeared. At first, they are merely surprised; but when a member of the group decides to replace the missing bones with those from a nearby graveyard, things quickly take on a darker tone.
Often presented in a heroic and/or fearsome light, Napoleon is here reduced to childish fears of ghosts in this early story from one of Britain’s finest writers. As the emperor gets ready for bed, he begins to see strange shapes and to hear ominous voices. Part ghost story, part historical farce, this work is full of the astounding promise of a young genius on her way towards writing truly revolutionary literature.
In this comic spin on the classic ghost story, a wealthy and offbeat writer enjoys spending his time reading his own dreadful novels to his relatives, friends, and essentially anyone who will listen to him. Upon his death, his descendants learn that his entire fortune will not be coming to them and will instead be used for the publication of his own work. Their decision to dispute this results in the haunting of a lifetime.
In an ancient African kingdom, a horrible prophecy hits three respectable dinners in the middle of a luxurious feast. A startling cautionary tale of a society convinced it has reached the pinnacle of sophistication. Science fiction writing at its best.