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The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Posted by Azul at May 29, 2016, 6:46 pm in Ebooks » Fantasy

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"The Ghost Pirates . . . is a powerful account of a doomed and haunted ship on its last voyage, and of the terrible sea-devils (of quasi-human aspect, and perhaps the spirits of bygone buccaneers) that besiege it and finally drag it down to an unknown fate. With its command of maritime knowledge, and its clever selection of hints and incidents suggestive of latent horrors in nature, this book at times reaches enviable peaks of power." — H.P. Lovecraft


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The Figure Out of the Sea

He began without any circumlocution.

I joined the Mortzestus in 'Frisco. I heard before I signed on, that there were some funny yarns floating round about her; but I was pretty nearly on the beach, and too jolly anxious to get away, to worry about trifles. Besides, by all accounts, she was right enough so far as grub and treatment went. When I asked fellows to give it a name, they generally could not. All they could tell me, was that she was unlucky, and... read more

Carnacki, the Ghost Finder by William Hope Hodgson

Posted by donatien at January 23, 2015, 7:59 pm in Ebooks » Short Stories

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Carnacki, the Ghost-Finder is a collection of supernatural detective short stories by author William Hope Hodgson. It was first published in 1913 by the English publisher Eveleigh Nash. In 1947, a new edition of 3,050 copies was published by Mycroft & Moran and included three additional stories. The Mycroft & Moran version is listed as No. 52 in Queen's Quorum: A History of the Detective-Crime Short Story As Revealed by the 100 Most Important Books Published in this Field Since 1845 by Ellery Queen.



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THE GATEWAY OF THE MONSTER

In response to Carnacki's usual card of invitation to have dinner and listen to a story, I arrived promptly at 427, Cheyne Walk, to find the three others who were always invited to these happy little times, there before me. Five minutes later, Carnacki, Arkright, Jessop, Taylor, and I were all engaged in the "pleasant occupation" of dining.

"You've not been long away, this time," I remarked, as I finished my soup; forgetting momentarily Carnacki's dislike of being asked even to skirt the borders of his story until such time as he was ready. Then he would not stint words.... read more

Dracula's Guest by Bram Stoker

Posted by amauri at April 6, 2014, 7:36 pm in Ebooks » Thrillers

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DRACULA'S GUEST
by Bram Stoker



First published 1914



To MY SON



CONTENTS

Dracula's Guest
The Judge's House
The Squaw
The Secret of the Growing Gold
The Gipsy Prophecy
The Coming of Abel Behenna
The Burial of the Rats
A Dream of Red Hands
Crooken Sands




PREFACE

A few months before the lamented death of my husband—I might say even as the shadow of death was over him—he planned three series of short stories for publication, and the present volume is one of them. To his original list of stories in this book, I have added an hitherto unpublished episode from Dracula. It was originally excised owing to the length of the book, and may prove of interest to the many readers of what is considered my husband's most remarkable work. The other stories have already been published in English and American periodicals.... read more

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Posted by amauri at April 6, 2014, 7:19 pm in Ebooks » Thrillers

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Dracula is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker.

Famous for introducing the character of the vampire Count Dracula, the novel tells the story of Dracula's attempt to move from Transylvania to England, and the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing.

Dracula has been assigned to many literary genres including vampire literature, horror fiction, the gothic novel and invasion literature. The novel touches on themes such as the role of women in Victorian culture, sexual conventions, immigration, colonialism, and post-colonialism. Although Stoker did not invent the vampire, he defined its modern form, and the novel has spawned numerous theatrical, film and television interpretations.



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D R A C U L A

CHAPTER I

JONATHAN HARKER’S JOURNAL

(Kept in shorthand.)

3 May. Bistritz.—Left Munich at 8:35 P. M., on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6:46, but train was an hour late. Buda-Pesth seems a wonderful place, from the glimpse which I got of it from the train and the little I could walk through the streets. I feared to go very far from the station, as we had arrived late and would start as near the correct time as possible. The impression I had was that we were leaving the West and entering the East; the most western of splendid bridges over the Danube, which is here of noble width and depth, took us among the traditions of Turkish rule.... read more

Tales of Chinatown by Sax Rohmer

Posted by ayala at January 18, 2014, 8:03 pm in Ebooks » Mystery - Detective

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Here is a first-hand description of some of the doings in the slimy, mysterious places of the largest city in England. Here the detectives of Scotland Yard know of many strange things and see the results of the workings of such evil minds as Dr. Fu Manchu. The author is one of the few men who has penetrated the secrets of the Limehouse underworld sufficiently to enable him to write about them authentically and interestingly. Here are sudden deaths in peculiar ways, mysterious disappearances and all sorts of crimes --- where human life is valued none too highly.... read more

My New Year's Eve Among the Mummies by Grant Allen

Posted by sandoval at January 2, 2014, 9:03 pm in Ebooks » Short Stories

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J. Arbuthnot Wilson (Grant Allen) (1848-1899), the son of an Irish Protestant minister and notable scholar, was born at Alwington, near Kingston, Ontario, Canada, on 24 February 1848. He was partly educated in America and France. In England he was at King Edward's School in Birmingham, and later at Merton College in Oxford, graduating with honors in 1871. He also studied in Europe. Two years later, in 1873, he was appointed Professor of Logic at Queens College, Spanish Town, Jamaica. He also taught philosophy, ethics, Latin, and Greek at this college for Negroes. When its principal died, Allen took over and from 1874 to 1876 was the college's principal.

Grant Allen tells this short story of his strange night spent inside "the great unopened Pyramid of Abu Yilla" in Egypt. On New Year's Eve, on the night before his group was to take a guided tour and climb the still sealed pyramid, he set out on his own to walk around the pyramid to relieve his boredom. He happened to find the secret entrance stone, which he pushed open. What he ... read more

The Ghost by Arnold Bennett

Posted by Artavan at October 1, 2013, 6:25 pm in Ebooks » Fantasy

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First published in 1907, The Ghost was the first of many "fantasias on modern times" written by Arnold Bennett. These illustrated his ability to produce not only realistic novels, perfected in his portrayals of provincial English life set in the Staffordshire scenery of his hood, but also more sensational stories, written after his move to London where he developed a far more cosmopolitan interest. A supernatural story, The Ghost tells the tale of a beautiful opera star, Rosetta Rosa, whose beauty seems to cast a spell upon all those who meet her. When Carl Foster, a young doctor, sees Rosa at a London opera, and is instantly captivated, he soon finds himself plagued by mysterious happenings, and begins to see a malignant, spectral figure everywhere he turns. When another man enraptured by... read more

The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Posted by fredy at December 6, 2012, 9:26 pm in Ebooks » Short Stories

SCREENSHOTRobert W. Chambers (1865-1933) studied art in Paris in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Shortly after returning to America, he became popular as the writer of a number of romantic novels; he is now best known as the author of “The King In Yellow”, which is a collection of short stories with the reputation of being eerie and other-worldly. However, the last few stories in the collection, which are presented here, are essentially straightforward love stories, strongly coloured by the author’s life as an artist in France.


The King in Yellow is a significant work of science fiction and fantasy in its own right, and it also had considerable influence on the work of H. P. Lovecraft, who developed Chambers’ theme of extraterrestrial influence to its greatest degree. “Dim Carcosa,” the mythical setting located in the distant Hyades, is a precursor of Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos, in which malign creatures from beyond the stars exert a powerful, if largely unseen, influence on Earth and its inhabitants.

Lovecraft himself, in comments on The King in Yellow, wrote that “very genuine” is the strain of horror in Chambers’ early work, noting that it “really achieves notable heights of cosmic fear.” By singling out “The Yellow Sign” as the books most powerful story, Lovecraft clearly indicated that he had absorbed the collections salient point—that human lives (and deaths) could be only pawns in a larger, unseen struggle of which people are pitifully unaware.... read more

Alien Origins by Lloyd Pye

Posted by imarion at December 5, 2012, 8:52 pm in Movies » Documentary - Conspiracy

SCREENSHOTLloyd Pye is no ordinary researcher. In Alien Origins he proposes that human beings were in part created by extraterrestrial intervention.

The two presentations in this documentary differ from most due to Pye’s persuasive style of argumentation, backed by well-researched claims.

Agree or not with his conclusions, this documentary compels us to look again at several of the assumptions passed on by Darwinian theorists.

To touch on a few points, Pye questions the glossy magazine recreations of Mankind’s supposed forerunners, along with the very notion of a “missing link.”

For Pye, there simply is no missing link, and the whole idea is a clever fabrication developed and reproduced by those hell-bent on believing in Darwinian theory, and who wish to keep Creationists at bay.

While Pye agrees there’s convincing evidence for microevolution, he says it’s invalid to extrapolate these findings to support the myth of macroevolution.

And while he concedes that we possess incomplete fossil records, Pye counters that this, alone, is not enough to account for the many gaps – not exactly popularized by Darwin’s believers – in the alleged evolution of species.... read more

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

Posted by barrios at June 10, 2012, 10:16 pm in Ebooks » Poetry

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The Raven is noted for its musicality, stylized language and supernatural atmosphere, it tells of the mysterious visit of a talking raven to a distraught lover, tracing his slow descent into madness. This illustrated version contains detailed, masterly engravings by Gustave Dorés, from a 19th-century edition of The Raven, among the most popular American poems ever written. Dreamlike, otherworldly illustrations perfectly capture the bleak despair and mournful musings of Poe’s poem. Includes an introduction/analysis by Edmund. C. Stedman. ... read more

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