[from the back cover] "Don't expect a dozen roses this Valentine's Day--just fourteen tales of crime and horror that will make February 14 memorable for lovers ... of chills and thrills. So beware of the deadly admirer who knows that sweets are the way to a lover's heart in "Fine Chocolates': Read at your own risk the bloodcurdling tale of the mad professor who asks the devil to play cupid in "Colt .24:" Discover the bizarre passion that drives a retired detective to solve a horrifying crime in "From Parts Unknown" ... and watch out for a date with a modern-day Dracula who's some kisser in "Valentine from a Vampire': Dip into these deliciously scary Valentine treats... and find out why love is simply a scream!" There is an introduction and fact-filled mini history of Valentines day by Isaac Asimov.
The advent in the early 1950s of TV and mass market paperbacks rang the death knell for most pulp magazines, which had flourished since the 1920s. But high-caliber detective fiction continued to flourish in digest-sized mystery magazines in the following decades. In American Pulp, veteran crime writers and anthologizers Ed Gorman, Bill Pronzini and Martin H. Greenberg have assembled the very best short fiction from such crime fiction masters as Evan Hunter, Donald J. Westlake, Marcia Muller, John Lutz and Richard Matheson. FROM THE CRITICS Kirkus Reviews Or American Digest, since editors Gorman and Greenberg (Love Kills, p. 595, etc.), joined by veteran Pronzini (A Wasteland of Strangers, p. 914, etc.), contend that the true high-water mark of short noir fiction was the period from 1950 to 1970, after Black Mask and its ilk had already been killed off by inexpensive paperbacks and TV, and digests like Manhunt and Pursuit reigned supreme. In evidence they offer a monster collection of 35 stories running the gamut from ironic anecdotes (Evan Hunter, Mickey Spillane, Donald E. Westlake, John Lutz, James Reasoner, Frederic Brown, John Jakes) to hard-boiled whodunits (Marcia Muller, Robert J. Randisi, Richard S. Prather, Craig Rice) to substantial novellas (Talmage Powell, Norbert Davis, Leigh Brackett, Richard Matheson). The real revelation is how many of these alleged actioners (like those by Vin Packer, David Goodis, Wade Miller, and Herbert Kastle) work most effectively as mood pieces in the manner of Poe, their great progenitor. A bargain-only for 560 pages of the stuff your mother warned you to keep away from.
Thirteen short (40 to 60 page) novels of fantasy full of adventure, magic, swords, sorcery, demons, monsters and so on; including -- POUL ANDERSON, The Gate of the Flying Knives--A Thieves' World tale wherein the hero ruefully decides that the rewards of chivalry are not as desirable as they may seem. SUZY McKEE CHARNAS, Unicorn Tapestry--The tale of a modern-day encounter with a vampire that explores different perceptions of the same reality. AVRAM DAVIDSON, Sleep Well of Nights--A prophetic dream leads to hidden treasure and buried secrets in the eerie jungles of South America. SIR H. RIDER HAGGARD, Black Heart and White Heart--An arrogant hunter in Zulu territory learns too late that magic serves those who believe in its power. ROBERT E. HOWARD, Red Nails--Conan the Cimmerian meets his match in a defiant, courageous female when the two are caught in a war to the death between dueling clans. JOHN JAKES, Storm in a Bottle--In a story of wizardry and betrayal, a captive attempts to break the curse of drought that is strangling the land of his overlords. FRITZ LEIBER, Ill Met in Lankhmar --The 1970 Nebula Award winner for Best Novella. Two thieves in a fantastic and awful city invite a dreadful end by stealing in others' territory. MICHAEL MOORCOCK, The Lands Beyond the World--Elric, Prince of Melibone, travels through the Crimson Gate to another world where he confronts the powerful magic of an ancestor. JANET MORRIS, A Man and His God--Another Thieves' World story about Tempus of Sanctuary who fights a terrible destiny and triumphs over his past transgressions to find himself and his own god. ANDRE NORTON, Spider Silk--A blind woman journeys to a dangerous land to obtain the secret of exquisite weaving and learns a greater secret no seeker before her has lived to tell. THOMAS BURNETT SWANN, Where Is the Bird of Fire?--A faun's heartbreaking story of the enchanted land of the gods and of the brothers Romulus and Remus before the building of Rome. JACK VANCE, Guyal of Sfere--A story of coming-of-age in a far world, in a far distant time, wherein Guyal of Sfere defies a great power in his quest for love and knowledge. ROGER ZELAZNY, Tower of Ice--In a fantastic frozen land a brave knight seeks an evil wizard, saves a princess, and forces a cataclysmic battle between good and evil.
Crime fiction's biggest names have been rounded up for a truly impressive collection of 2008's best short stories. Featuring authors like Michael Connelly, Charlaine Harris, and 2009 Edgar Award winner T. Jefferson Parker, this volume should be on the shelf of every mystery fan.
'Tis the season ... For holiday cheer--and astro-sleigh rides on the snow-covered moons of Jupiter. Celebrate with over a dozen astonishing stories of wondrous festivities on far distant worlds--remarkable tales of Yuletides yet to come ... of alien Santas and robotic reindeer--from some of the most gloriously imaginative minds in Science Fiction: sparkling ornaments from Isaac Asimov--CHRISTMAS ON GANYMEDE and CHRISTMAS WITHOUT RODNEY; a present from Poul Anderson--THE SEASON OF FORGIVENESS: a sensational stocking-stuffer from Michael Swanwick--A MIDWINTER'S TALE Plus more futuristic yuletide favorites from: Connie Willis ... Frank M. Robinson ... Jack McDevitt ... Barry N. Malzberg ... James White ... Robert F. Young ... and John Christopher Joy to the cosmos! Sample the season's best and brightest Isaac Asimov The native population of a Jovian moon threatens to revolt unless Santa Claus comes to town. Frederick Pohl, In a world of consumerism gone mad, the true spirit of Christmas makes an astonishing reappearance ... Gene Wolfe, The toys of a previous year must engage in a brutal and terrifying struggle for survival ... Gordon R. Dickson, A bizarre alien creature gives the most precious Christmas gift of all: a life ...
"THE GAME IS AFOOT, AND the four footed are its most cunning players in Crafty Cat Crimes. In one hundred cagey cat-tale mysteries, the largest literary litter of kitty crimestoppers ever convened in one volume prowl the mean streets in pursuit of feline felons, justice, just desserts-and the occasional pat on the head. You don't have to be a cat lover to enjoy these stories of crime and intrigue. You just have to like challenging mysteries where a twist in the tale comes naturally. There is virtually no crime these cats don't put the paw on. Whether confronted with cat burglary, catnapping, or murder most foul, they work through seemingly insoluble puzzles with a stealth, feline finickiness, and silent grace that are the envy of their two-footed counterparts. Crafty Cat Crimes includes selections to suit every readers taste: cat cozies for the domestic-minded, comic cat capers that look at the funny side of human and animal relationships, even hardboiled escapades that mix cats and gats. Prepare yourself for a crime cornucopia in which every tale is as carefully plotted as a cat's pounce and every crime is purrfect."
A collection of stories of myth and magic.
Featuring 23 stories, 20 memoirs, and a behind-the-scenes look by some of the most famous names in science fiction history with a special index to every story, article and review ever published (1950-1980) in Galaxy magazine.
This terrifying anthology contains some of the best in American ghost stories, from some of the best American short fiction writers. Contents: Double Vision (Mary Higgins Clark); This Is Death (Donald E. Westlake); Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes (Harlan Ellison); Little Jimmy (Lester del Rey); Poor Little Saturday (Madeleine L'Engle); On 202 (Jeff Hecht); Ransom Cowl Walks the Road (Nancy Varian Berberick); School for the Unspeakable (Manly Wade Wellman); The Stormsong Runner (Jack L. Chalker); Harry's Ghost (Talmage Powell); Herbert West--Reanimator (H. P. Lovecraft); Caller in the Night (Burton Kline); Professor Kate (Margaret St. Clair); The Guns of William Longley (Donald Hamilton); Clay-Shuttered Doors (Helen R. Hull); The Stranger (Ambrose Bierce); Night-Side (Joyce Carol Oates); Drawer 14 (Talmage Powell); The Jest of Warburg Tantavul (Seabury Quinn); One of the Dead (William Wood); Emmett (Dahlov Ipcar); Night Court (Mary Elizabeth Counselman); The Boarded Window (Ambrose Bierce); The Ghosts of Steamboat Coulee (Arthur J. Burks); He Walked By Day (Julius Long); The Phantom Farmhouse (Seabury Quinn); Stillwater, 1896 (Michael Cassutt); Ride the Thunder (Jack Cady); The Resting Place (Oliver LaFarge).
Stories from the best of the series from 1944 to 1980 by twenty all-time favorite writers.
Eleven Stories of the German Victorie in World War II.
This book was previously published as Isaac Asimov Presents the Great SF Stories 5 (1943) and Isaac Asimov Presents the Great SF Stories 6 (1944). It includes stories by P. Schuyler Miller, Leigh Brackett; Lewis Padgett, Anthony Boucher, Lawrence O'Donnell, Edmond Hamilton, Fredric Brown, C. L. Moore, A. E. Van Vogt, Eric Frank Russell, Clifford D. Simak, Lester Del Rey, and Theodore Sturgeon.
This volume of science fiction contains all the stories from the collections, The Future in Question and Space Mail.
Short stories by various authors based on a Universe invented by master science fiction author Isaac Asimov
A collection of classic short stories by various authors with an introduction by Isaac Asimov.
A collection of classic short stories by various authors with an introduction by ISAAC Robert Silverberg
Short Novels of the 1940's. Collects ten science fiction novels written during the 1940s, a great era of development of the genre, including Asimov's "The Mule," Sturgeon's "Killdozer," and Chandler's "Giant Killer."
In "The Marquise of O", a virtuous widow finds herself unaccountably pregnant. And although the baffled Marquise has no idea when this happened, she must prove her innocence to her doubting family and discover whether the perpetrator is an assailant or lover. Michael Kohlhaas depicts an honorable man who feels compelled to violate the law in his search for justice, while other tales explore the singular realm of the uncanny, such as "The Beggarwoman of Locarno", in which an old woman's ghost drives a heartless nobleman to madness, and St Cecilia, which portrays four brothers possessed by an uncontrollable religious mania. The stories collected in this volume reflect the preoccupations of Heinrich von Kleist (1777-1811) with the deceptiveness of human nature and the unpredictability of the physical world.
"You can send me to the scaffold, but I can make you suffer, and I mean to."Based on actual historic events, this thrilling saga of violence and retribution bridged the gap between medieval and modern literature, and speaks so profoundly to the contemporary spirit that it has been the basis of numerous plays, movies, and novels. It has become, in fact, a classic tale: that of the honorable man forced to take the law into his own hands. In this incendiary prototype, a minor tax dispute intensifies explosively, until the eponymous hero finds the forces of an entire kingdom, and even the great Martin Luther, gathered against him. But soon even Luther comes to echo the growing army of peasants asking, Isn't Kohlhaas right? Widely acknowledged as one of the masterworks of German literature, Michael Kohlhaas is also one of the most stirring tales ever written of the quest for justice. The Art of The Novella Series Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers. Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature's greatest writers. In the Art Of The Novella series, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time.
Murder for political advantage, love and profit. Scotland can claim them all as part of its colorful history. In all fairness, Scotland probably boasts no more than any other country 's share of criminal killing as part of heritage, but the incongruous juxtaposition of deed so dastardly to a society so romantic and inviting make them stand out in sharp relief.
Stories by Bailey, Cleary, Estes, Field, Konigsburg, L'Engle, Lenski, Lofting, Paterson, Sawyer, Willard, and Yates.
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