Category: Short Stories

Rambling On: An Apprentice's Guide to the Gift of the Gab

By Bohumil Hrabal

Rambling On is a suite of reports set in Hrabal’s Kersko. numerous of the tales have been written earlier than the 1968 Soviet invasion of Prague yet needed to be transformed after they have been rejected through Communist censorship through the Nineteen Seventies. This version good points the unique, uncensored models of these stories.

Novelist Bohumil Hrabal was once born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, and he spent a long time operating at various laboring jobs sooner than turning to writing in his overdue forties. From that time, he fast made his mark at the Czech literary scene; by the point of his dying he was once ranked with Jaroslav Hašek, Karel Čapek, and Milan Kundera as one of the nation’s maximum twentieth-century writers. Hrabal’s fiction blends tragedy with humor and explores the pain of intellectuals and traditional humans alike from a touch surreal viewpoint. His paintings levels from novels and poems to movie scripts and essays.

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Swordplay

Seventeen rapier-sharp tales of swordplay, magic, and adventure...

From a samurai's sword to an assassin's blade, from Custer's cavalry sword to D'Artagnan's lethal weapon, from the sword of Damocles to the mythical Excalibur, those all-new spellbinding stories get immediately to the purpose. no matter if it's a sword bespelled to crave blood, chilly metal that magicks its wielder right into a game, or a dwarf-crafted blade intended to slay a dragon, those guns every one come sheathed of their personal attention-grabbing tale that cuts correct to the center of fable event.

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Die for Her (Die for Me)

By Amy Plum

Set within the romantic and death-defying international of the foreign bestselling Die for Me trilogy, this electronic unique novella follows Jules, a brooding, immortal French artist who has fallen in love along with his top friend's girlfriend.

Jules Marchenoir is a revenant—an undead being whose destiny forces him to sacrifice himself over and over to avoid wasting human lives. he is spent the higher a part of the final century flirting his method via Paris, but if he met Kate Mercier, the heroine from Amy Plum's Die for Me trilogy, he knew his afterlife had replaced without end and he had chanced on the affection of his existence. till Kate fell for his ally, Vincent. Now Jules is confronted with an very unlikely determination: making a choice on among his dependable buddy and a love really worthy loss of life for.

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Various Antidotes: A Collection of Short Fiction

By Joanna Scott

"A enormously talented and hugely unique artist...Various Antidotes is solely and easily wonderful."--The big apple instances ebook Review

The spectacular, transformative tales of assorted Antidotes variety the world over of historical past and technology, alighting on figures either actual and imaginary. The tales inside of are these of obsession and brilliance, of the finally human reputation that the realm is greater than we think it to be and that we, as figures inside of it, have via figuring out the ability to alter that international. even if via studying or insanity or twist of fate, the scientists and scholars inside Various Antidotes reveal us to the wonderful blossom of the usual world.

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Little Black Book of Stories

By A. S. Byatt

The Booker Prize—winning writer of Possession and A Whistling Woman is at her top during this surprising selection of 5 new stories.

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offers shivers in addition to magical thrills. Leaves rustle underfoot in a dismal wooden: middle-aged ladies stroll right into a wooded area, as they did once they have been women, confronting their early life fears and stories and the unusual factor they saw–or inspiration they saw–so some time past. A unusual male obstetrician and a tender girl artist meet in a health facility, yet they've got very various rules approximately physique components, delivery, and dying. a guy meets the ghost of his dwelling spouse; a girl turns to stone. And an blameless member of a night inventive writing classification seems to have her personal made up our minds perspectives at the top approach to use “raw material.”

These unforgettable tales are via turns haunting, humorous, gleaming, and frightening. Byatt’s Little Black ebook adds a deliciously darkish be aware to her ability in blending people and fairy stories with way of life.

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Officer Friendly: and Other Stories

By Lewis Robinson

The tales during this acclaimed debut all happen within the country of Maine—which fast involves stand for the nation we’re all in once we face the moments that adjust our lives ceaselessly. roughneck hockey gamers are kicked off the crew and compelled to affix the drama membership. a tender bartender at a celebration of coastal aristocrats has to house the surreal request to place a wealthy outdated coot out of his distress. Can a father protect his kinfolk if the diver assisting to loose the tangled propeller in their boat seems to be a true threat?

With humor, a piercing eye, and a feeling that threat usually lies simply round the nook, Robinson supplies us quite a few shiny characters, prosperous and terrible, antisocial and romantic, whereas illuminating the mythic, common implications of so-called traditional existence. those tales are instantaneously vintage and sleek; taken jointly, they bring about the good news that a huge, compassionate new voice in American fiction has arrived.

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Sugar and Other Stories

By A. S. Byatt

A.S. Byatt's brief fictions, accumulated in paperback for the 1st time, discover the delicate ties among generations, the dizzying abyss of loss and the flowery stories we build opposed to it, leading to a publication that compels us to inhabit different lives and returns us to our personal with new wisdom, compassion, and a feeling of ask yourself.

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The Collected Short Fiction

By Thomas Ligotti

Because of Ramonoski, persempre and Duat, this assortment is a nearly entire choice of the quick fiction of Thomas Ligotti, awarded in chronological order—a be aware on that later. An index in alphabetical order, replete with strike-throughs to teach lacking tales, is offered the following should you have a name in brain yet can't fairly position the 12 months it seemed. 'The' and 'A/An' are missed for alphabetical ordering reasons, i.e. The Medusa is to be came across, fairly rightly, among Mad evening Of Atonement and The Mystics Of Muelenburg.

The creation to every tale indicates the place each one story was once first released, with most sensible makes an attempt at accuracy—the historical past of Ligotti's paintings is tougher to elucidate the additional one regresses in the direction of the early eighties, quite given his tendency to rewrite for more recent collections. the place attainable, i've got listed—and even included—variants, giving info of Thomas Ligotti collections which include the piece. regardless of Douglas E. Winters' very good bibliography, i will not declare to provide definitive lists of alternative anthologies

cannot declare to offer definitive lists of different anthologies or appearances. therefore www.ifsdb.org is usually recommended for complete info of the place any given tale might be tracked down, even though this too has inevitable omissions.

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This is model 2.0, lacking The Mechanical Museum and watching for transcription of experiences In Horror.

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First Love, Last Rites: Stories

By Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan's Somerset Maugham Award-winning assortment First Love, final Rites introduced him speedy attractiveness as essentially the most influential voices writing in England this present day. Taut, brooding, and densely atmospheric, those tales express us the ways that homicide can come up out of boredom, perversity may result from adolescent interest, and sheer evil should be the answer to insufferable loneliness. those stories are as frightening as whatever written by way of Clive Barker or Stephen King, yet they're crafted with a lyricism and depth that compel us to confront our mystery kinship with the scary.

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