‘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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.