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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
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.
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.
It’s the wild frontier and a little girl has gone missing. One prisoner that is asked to help with the search is taking this opportunity to reclaim his freedom. A chain gang story chosen from “The Best American Mystery Stories 2012”.
While on a rural retreat to cure his anxiety, Framton Nuttel hopes to ease some of his worries by visiting with one of his sister’s friends in the area. As he waits for her to return home, he is left in the hands of her mischievous fifteen-year-old daughter—whose ability to spin terrifying tales will prove to be the last thing that his health needs. A wry takedown of British decorum.
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.
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.