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.
This collection of original new stories by today's masters of science fiction and fantasy contains classic fairy tales gone "techno, " with such familiar favorites as "Sleeping Beauty, " "The Emperor's New Clothes, " and "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" given an outer-space spin. Authors include Thomas Wylde, Ronnie Seagren, Stanley Schmidt, Tanya Huff, and Bruce Holland Rogers.
Fear feeds on itself, growing in the darkness, squeezing your chest in a vise of breathless terror. Because a Predator lies in wait. This compelling new collection from the editors of the bestselling "Stalkers" tells of worlds where evil waits and watches...and kills. Each story will send chills up your spine, keep you burning the lights all night, and have you looking over your shoulder--just in case the Predator is there. So lock your doors, check your windows, and get ready to savor fiction that touches the primeval places...where all your screams are born. --Back cover.
A closer look at Tom Clancy and his works, including an exclusive interview.
What if the story of the Iran hostages had been merely an elaborate coverup for what really happened in Tehran? What if the Roman Empire had not fallen, and the first contact with extraterrestrials occurred in the time of the Caesars? What if, instead of a man's world, it was a woman's, and football was absolutely illegal? The past has drawn writers of speculative fiction as surely as the future. The temptation to twist a well- known tale--to dream of what might have been--is powerful, if not completely irresistible. And the results can be surprising, unsettling, completely mesmerizing, as this extraordinary 2-in-1 anthology proves. Suppose Albert Einstein had decided to give up physics in favor of a career as a violin teacher. Or Abe Lincoln had traveled into the future and discovered that the Civil War had had a very different outcome. Or two guys in a stolen 1950 Cadillac had stopped the invention of the hydrogen bomb--in one fiery crash. <P><P> These are just a few of the intriguing suppositions that fill the pages of What Might Have Been: 12 stories of Alternate Empires in Volume One... 14 tales of Alternate Heroes in Volume Two. Featuring the talents of such noted SF writers as Harry Harrison, Robert Silverberg, Judith Tarr, James Morrow, Gregory Benford, Poul Anderson and Frederik Pohl--to name only a few-- these bold excursions through time will transport you into bizarre new worlds, oddly familiar yet disturbingly different.
A collection of mystery and crime stories.