At Christmas time we so often associate Charles Dickens with his classic A Christmas Carol. In this unlikely Christmas tale, first published in 1894, in Christmas Stories you won’t find many mentions of Yuletide feasts or golden stores. Instead you will be treated to a story of a different ilk. In a very Clue-like scenario, the host invites several guests to take residence in the house for one night, the Twelfth Night of Christmas, each taking a room of their own--The Clock Room, The Cupboard Room, The Garden Room, and so on.
Dickens also used this story as the setting for a collection of stories in which he commissioned various writers to take on a character and a room from the story he had written, and detail the character's encounter with the ghost of the room. Watch for each of these stories to come in the Paranormal Parlor collection!
• The complete, unabridged text (from the final edition Dickens oversaw in 1865)
• 44 full-color illustrations by George Cruikshank and Frederick W. Pailthorpe
• A helpful introduction and detailed author bio
Oliver Twist, a poor orphan raised in a workhouse in Victorian England, escapes his cruel fate and flees to London, only to be taken in by a gang of criminals led by the villainous Fagin. Though Fagin, Bill Sikes, the Artful Dodger, and the other assorted pickpockets, house-breakers, cut-throats, and fallen women try their best to corrupt young Oliver, his innate goodness won’t allow him to fall under their spell. Unbeknownst to him, the circumstances of his birth are not as simple as they appear, and a chance encounter with a kindly benefactor may be his salvation if he can escape the clutches of the criminal underworld of London.
Dickens’ second novel, published in 1838, would become one of his most beloved, remaining in print around the world for nearly two centuries and inspiring countless adaptations and homages.