Category: Short Stories

  • Trying to Save Piggy Sneed

    By John Irving

    Here's a deal with for John Irving addicts and an ideal advent to his paintings for the uninitiated.  To open this lively assortment, Irving explains how he grew to become a writer.  There stick with six scintillating tales written during the last 20 years finishing with a homage to Charles Dickens.  This impossible to resist assortment can't fail to please and grace.
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  • A Sincere Warning About The Entity In Your Home (A Novelette)

    By Jason Arnopp

    "Dear friend,

    This is not any chain letter, hoax or prank.

    It is a honest caution approximately your place and the entity which dwells within.

    Your domestic has been haunted for fairly a few time..."

    A NEW proposal IN FEAR...

    Imagine a supernatural horror tale during which the magical task occurs inside your house.

    As you learn the tale, it's your own residence you may be imagining.

    The 10,000-word brief tale A honest caution concerning the ENTITY at your residence is gifted as an nameless letter to YOU, which has been despatched on your handle. It information the terrifying occasions which occurred in your house and which proceed to this day.

    You have inherited a curse and are being preyed upon through a terrifying apparition. This letter from the former resident advises you ways to manage, whereas detailing the unthinkable ordeal they suffered prior to you.

    A honest caution in regards to the ENTITY in your house is the last word method to scare your self at domestic, simply because it is the in basic terms ghost tale which happens in your house. Dare you learn it?

    "This booklet ruined my evening and bought me up and about an hour early. robust stuff certainly! Jason Arnopp owes me sleep!" – Michael Thompson, reader

    "Superb stuff, little hooks and words continue popping into my forebrain at 3am to make me apprehensive. awesome learn, and a scouse borrow at this cost" – 'Skippa', Amazon united kingdom reviewer

    "The creepiest factor i've got learn in an age. I learn half it and awakened gasping for breath!" – reader Stuart Lemon, Oxfordshire, UK

    "Highly unique, chilling story. I made the error of studying it on my own, after darkish, and could not sleep afterwards... completely and terrifyingly relaxing" – reader Marjorie Taylor, Wiltshire, UK


    Jason Arnopp is the author of the drawing close Orbit Books novel The final DAYS OF JACK SPARKS (2016). He has additionally written the acclaimed 2012 horror novella BEAST within the BASEMENT (also on hand within the Kindle Store), Lionsgate US supernatural horror motion picture STORMHOUSE and respectable fiction for the worlds of healthcare professional WHO, SARAH JANE ADVENTURES and FRIDAY THE thirteenth. He lives in Brighton, united kingdom.
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  • Just After Sunset: Stories

    By Stephen King

    Across the world bestselling writer Stephen King—who has written greater than fifty books, dozens of no 1 New York Times bestsellers, and plenty of unforgettable movies—delivers an surprising number of brief tales. The tales during this assortment have seemed in The New Yorker, Playboy, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, Esquire, and different publications.

    Who yet Stephen King might flip a Port-O-San right into a slimy start canal, or a roadside honky-tonk right into a position for unending love? A publication salesman with a criticism may decide up a mute hitchhiker, no longer realizing the silent guy within the passenger seat listens altogether too good. Or an workout on a desk bound bicycle, began to minimize undesirable ldl cholesterol, may perhaps take its rider on a captivating—and then terrifying—journey. Set on a distant key in Florida, “The Gingerbread woman” is a riveting story that includes a tender lady as vulnerable—and resourceful—as Audrey Hepburn’s personality in Wait until eventually Dark. In “Ayana,” a blind woman works a miracle with a kiss and the contact of her hand. For King, the road among the residing and the lifeless is usually blurry, and the seams that carry our fact intact may possibly tear aside at any second. in a single of the longer tales the following, “N.,” which lately broke new floor while it was once tailored as a picture electronic leisure, a psychiatric patient’s irrational pondering could create an apocalyptic chance within the Maine countryside...or preserve the realm from falling sufferer to it.

    Just After Sunset—call it nightfall, name it twilight, it’s a time whilst human sex takes on an unnatural solid, while the mind's eye starts to arrive for shadows as they deplete to darkness and residing sunlight may be scared correct out of you. It’s the fitting time for Stephen King.
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  • Cthulhu's Reign

    All unique tales concerning the go back of Cthulhu and the outdated Ones to Earth.

    a few of the darkest tricks in all of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos relate to what is going to ensue after the previous Ones go back and take over the earth. What occurs whilst Cthulhu is unleashed upon the area? What occurs whilst the opposite outdated Ones, lengthy given that banished from our universe, holiday via and descend from the celebrities? What could the reign of Cthulhu be like on a wholly reworked planet the place mankind is not any longer the grasp? discover in those intriguing, brand-new tales.
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  • Friend of My Youth: Stories

    By Alice Munro


    The ten miraculously entire tales in Alice Munro's Friend of My Youth not just astonish and enjoyment but in addition exhibit the unstated mysteries on the center of all human event.

    "[Friend of My Youth is] an excellent choice of tales, superbly written and deeply felt."--Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
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  • The Hemingway Hoax - Hugo and Nebula Winning Novella

    By Joe Haldeman

    The Hemingway Hoax is a Hugo- and Nebula-winning novella that weaves an tricky plot of a pretend Hemingway manuscript with time trip, a number of universes, and the aptitude destruction of the omniverse itself.

    Hemingway’s first spouse, Hadley, misplaced a bag containing the manuscript of his first novel on a Parisian educate. In 1996, John Baird, a well known Hemingway student, comes to a decision to exploit that loss to account for a pretend manuscript he creates.

    Little does Baird suspect that his try and move off the forgery as a recovered Hemingway manuscript will take him on a trip related to parallel universes and time commute. For Hemingway’s recognition is intricately associated with the destiny of a number of worlds within the omniverse and any try to switch that may have disastrous effects.
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  • The Prank: The Best of Young Chekhov (New York Review Books Classics)

    An NYRB Classics Original

    The Prank is Chekhov’s personal choice of the easiest of his early paintings, the 1st e-book he prepare and the 1st booklet he was hoping to post. Assembled in 1882, with illustrations by means of Nikolay Chekhov, the publication was once then offered to the censor for approval—which used to be denied. Now, greater than 100 and thirty years later, The Prank seems to be the following for the 1st time in any language.

    At the beginning of his twenties, while he used to be nonetheless in clinical tuition, Anton Chekhov was once additionally busily atmosphere himself up as a prolific and well known author. showing in a variety of periodicals, his clever, stinging, humorous tales and sketches became a mocking eye at the mating rituals and money-grubbing conduct of the center sessions, the pretensions of aspiring artists and writers, bureaucratic corruption, drunken clowning, provincial lack of awareness, petty cruelty—on Russian lifestyles, in brief. Chekhov used to be already constructing his targeted ear for spoken language, its opacities and evasions, the clichés we defend in the back of and the clichés that betray us. The full of life tales in The Prank function either the subjects and the attribute tone that make Chekhov one of the such a lot influential and cherished of contemporary writers.
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  • The Crown of Ptolemy (Heroes of Olympus, The)

    By Rick Riordan

    Of their first stumble upon, demigod Percy Jackson and magician Carter Kane needed to conflict an enormous crocodile on manhattan. A month later, Annabeth Chase bumped into Carter's sister, Sadie, at the A teach to Rockaway, the place the pair fought a god named Serapis. Now hassle is brewing back, this time on Governor's Island. An historic Egyptian magician named Setne has get back from the lifeless and is experimenting with Egyptian and Greek magic, attempting to develop into a god himself. he is so robust and difficult that every one four—Percy, Annabeth, Carter, and Sadie—have to workforce up opposed to him. yet their ordinary guns and spells are not going to chop it this time. Will the heroes be taken down by way of a wannabe god who appears like Elvis, or will they upward thrust to the problem? instructed from Percy's perspective, this 3rd demigod-magician crossover tale has the entire spunk and motion that Rick Riordan lovers crave.
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  • The Hunting Gun

    By Yasushi Inoue

    The looking Gun, set within the interval instantly following WWII, follows the results of a sad love affair between well-to-do humans in an particular suburb of the good advertisement towns of Osaka and Kobe. informed from the viewpoints of 3 diverse ladies, this can be a tale of the mental impression of illicit love. First considered during the eyes of Shoko, who learns of the affair via interpreting her mother's diary, then during the eyes of Midori, who had lengthy identified concerning the affair of her husband with Saiko, and at last in the course of the eyes of Saiko herself.
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  • One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories (Vintage Contemporaries)

    By B.J. Novak

    B.J. Novak's One other thing: tales and different Stories is an ceaselessly interesting, unusually delicate, and startlingly unique debut that indications the coming of an excellent new voice in American fiction.

    A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a field of Frosted Flakes—only to find how claiming the winnings could resolve his kinfolk. a lady units out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins—turning for support to the famed motivator himself. a brand new arrival in Heaven, beaten with ideas, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to go to his grandmother. We additionally meet Sophia, the 1st artificially clever being in a position to love, who falls for a guy who is probably not prepared for it himself; a vengeance-minded hare, keen about scoring a rematch opposed to the tortoise who ruined his lifestyles; and post-college associates who attempt to determine easy methods to host an intervention within the period of Facebook.  alongside the best way, we examine why donning a purple T-shirt each day is the most important to discovering love, how February received its identify, and why the inventory industry is usually simply . . . down.

    discovering thought in questions from the character of perfection to the icing on carrot cake, One extra Thing has at its middle the main human of phenomena: love, worry, desire, ambition, and the interior stirring for the only elusive aspect that would simply make anyone entire. throughout a blinding variety of topics, subject matters, tones, and narrative voices, the various items during this assortment are like not anything else, yet they've got something in universal: they proportion the playful humor, deep middle, sharp eye, inquisitive brain, and altogether electrifying spirit of a author with a fierce devotion to the leisure of the reader.
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