Friday 30 December 2016

Abraham Merritt - The People of the Pit and Other Stories

‘The People of the Pit and Other Stories’ is a collection of Abraham Merritt's short stories, and contains seven stories and two "fragments". These short stories span the entire career of the man who has been called America's foremost adventure fantasist of the 1920s and '30s. Several of the tales boast the lush purple prose of Merritt's early period (as seen especially in his first two novels, "The Moon Pool" and "The Metal Monster"), but all seven are finely written little gems. They run the gamut from full-blown fantasy to lost-world adventure to outright science fiction, and abundantly demonstrate that Merritt was a master of the concise short form, as well as the full-length novel.

Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781365536908

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Friday 2 December 2016

John W Campbell Jr - The Black Star Trilogy (Complete)

John W Campbell Jr - The Black Star Trilogy

The Black Star Passes –  A sky pirate armed with superior weapons of his own invention. First contact with an alien race dangerous enough to threaten the safety of two planets. The arrival of an unseen dark sun whose attendant marauders aimed at the very end of civilization in this Solar System. These were the three challenges that tested the skill and minds of the brilliant team of scientist-astronauts Arcot, Wade, and Morey. 

Islands of Space – As Earth's faster-than-light spaceship hung in the void between galaxies, Arcot, Wade, Morey and Fuller could see below them, like a vast shining horizon, the mass of stars that formed their own island universe. The ship filled with the strain of flowing energy, and sparks snapped in the air of the control room as they raced through the darkness of intergalactic space. But suddenly, far off to their left and far to their right, they saw two shining ships paralleling their course! They held grimly to the course of the Earth ship, bracketing it like an official guard. The Earth scientists stared at them in wonder. "Lord," muttered Morey, "where can they have come from?"

Invaders from the Infinite –  The famous scientific trio of Arcot, Wade and Morey, challenged by the most ruthless aliens in all the universes, blasted off on an intergalactic search for defenses against the invaders of Earth and all her allies. World after world was visited, secret after secret unleashed, and turned to mighty weapons of intense force and still the Thessian enemy seemed to grow in power and ferocity. Mighty battles between huge space armadas were but skirmishes in the galactic war, as the invincible aliens savagely advanced and the Earth team hurled bolt after bolt of pure ravening energy until it appeared that the universe itself might end in one final flare of furious torrential power.

Pages: 660
ISBN: 9781365205217

Friday 25 November 2016

Saki (H H Monroe) - The Blind Spot - and Other Stories of the Supernatural

Saki - The Blind Spot and Other Stories of the Supernatural

Hector Hugh Munro is perhaps the most graceful spokesman for England's "golden afternoon'' - those slow and peaceful years prior to the outbreak of World War I. The good wit of bad manners, elegantly spiced with irony and deftly controlled malice, has made Saki stories small, perfect gems of the English language.

The Blind Spot and Other Stories of the Supernatural contain all his short stories about the supernatural.

Pages: 360
ISBN: 9781365205194


Friday 18 November 2016

Charles Kingsley - The Water Babies

Charles Kingsley - The Water Babies

When Tom, an ill-treated little chimney-sweep, jumps into a clear, cool stream to clean himself something magical happens; he is turned into a tiny water baby by the fairies. He enters a strange, magical underwater world, and travels beyond the world's end to the other end-of-nowhere, getting into all sorts of scrapes and encountering creatures beautiful and frightening along the way. He also learns many important lessons - it is a voyage of discovery that Tom will never forget.

The Journey of a little chimney-sweep water-baby through rivers and storms, under sea and over iceberg, is still a classic, wonderful children's adventure. Illustrated.

Pages: 216
ISBN: 9781365205279

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Friday 11 November 2016

Edgar Allan Poe - The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym

Edgar Allan Poe: The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym

Edgar Allan Poe's only novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket is a pivotal work in which Poe calls attention to the act of writing and to the problem of representing the truth. It is an archetypal American story of escape from domesticity tracing a young man's rite of passage through a series of terrible brushes with death during a fateful sea voyage.

This rousing sea adventure follows a New England boy, Pym, who stows away on a whaling ship with its captain's son, Augustus. The two boys, who find themselves repeatedly on the brink of discovery or death, witness many hair-raising events, including mutiny, savagery, cannibalism, and frantic pursuits.

An unusually restrained Edgar Allan Poe strips away his more poetic tendencies as well as his luscious prose in this story, his only novel. The result is an adventure that is grim, Grim, GRIM... and so ends up feeling much like Poe after all, despite the shift in style.

Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781365205149

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Friday 4 November 2016

Meade & Eustace - The Brotherhood of the Seven Kings

The Brotherhood of the Seven King, by L T Meade and Robert Eustace, is a series of linked short stories involving what may well be the world’s first female diabolical criminal mastermind, Madame Koluchy.

The narrator, Norman Head, had as a young man met Madame Koluchy in Naples when he became involved in a secret criminal society known as the Brotherhood of the Seven Kings. Madame Koluchy had been the head of this society. When Head discovered the sinister nature of the society he determined to have no more to do with them. He has since been living as a virtual recluse, amusing himself with scientific experiments.

Now their paths have crossed again, and Head realizes this will be a duel to the death. She cannot afford to let him live while his honour will not allow him to permit her to ruin any more lives.

Madame Koluchy is also a scientist, and a doctor. In fact she is the most famous doctor in London, her apparently miraculous cures having made her a celebrity while her charm and beauty have made her the darling of English society.

With the aid of his friend Dufrayer, an eminent solicitor, Norman Head is determined to bring this woman to justice. Madame Koluchy uses her medical skills to gain the trust of her victims. They then find themselves the victims of blackmail, robbery, kidnapping or worse crimes.

Pages: 276
ISBN: 9781365205231

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