Spooks and inexplicable things that go bump in the night have long exercised creative imaginations and provided source material for our greatest story-tellers. Included in this collection are tales from the heyday of supernatural fiction, when the great names of literature contributed to the genre as a matter of course - authors such as Collins, Conan Doyle, Dickens, Gaskell, Hardy, Hawthorne, O. Henry, James, Jerome, de Maupassant, Poe, Stevenson, Thackeray, and Wilde. You will also find within these pages forgotten gems by unjustly neglected authors, who deserve this opportunity to find a new readership. So, settle back, and let these Classic Tales of the Supernatural guide you through the perils of the unknowable.
In these pages you will discover what it is to dread the moment you must go to bed, in terror of visitations from unwelcome guests. What would you do if your candle was blown out by a gust of wind and the door to your cupboard began to squeak? Pull the covers over your face or confront your fears? Eerily vivid and yet never devoid of the beat of the human heart, Classic Tales of Horror presents the work of some of the world's most celebrated authors in a compilation designed to provide both a gripping read and glimpses of life beyond the realm of the everyday. Spooks and inexplicable things that go bump in the night have long exercised creative imaginations and provided source material for our greatest story-tellers.
Myths and Legends from Around the World brings you some of the most influential stories ever told. Encompassing the vast range of human experience, they perhaps tell us all we need to know about ourselves. The tales are drawn from many different literary and cultural traditions - from Scandinavia, the Americas, Japan, Africa, and Europe - and are re-told with the modern reader in mind. Within these pages you will find the passions, the sacrifices, the dilemmas, the tribulations, the humour, the deeds of heroism and evil, which make up the rich pattern of life. You will meet true heroes (Beowulf, Roland) great chivalric lovers (Black Colin, Gawain), spiritual saviours (Countess Cathleen, Miao Shan), errant Gods (Thor, Zeus), temptresses (Tlazolteotl), icons of patience (Hercules) and victors of the sex wars (Goroba Dike and Mamadi). Illustrated throughout, Myths and Legends from Around the World takes you to the sources of inspiration for generations of storytellers.