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H.H. Munro (Saki) is one of the undisputed masters of the short story. In this complete compendium, the full gamut of his subjects and themes are experienced. His stories are imbued with humorous satire, biting irony and often the macabre, all of which have one target: the stupidities and hypocrisies of Edwardian upper-class society.Show more
Von 1973 bis 1990 strahlte Sender Freies Berlin (SFB) die beliebte Hörfunksendung 'Nur für starke Nerven' (ab 1987 unter dem Namen 'Die Mitternachtsstory') aus. Der Schauspieler Friedrich Schoenfelder las darin Grusel- und Kriminalgeschichten für Erwachsene zur guten Nacht vor. Bezeichnenderweise schlug er selbst 1972 der Unterhaltungsabteilung des SFB vor, eine Sendereihe zu starten, in der von ihm redaktionell ausgewählte Gruselgeschichten zu Gehör kommen sollten. Namhafte Autoren, von denen Geschichten zum Vortrag kamen, waren Ray Bradbury, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Bloch, E. A. Poe oder auch zeitgenössische deutschsprachige AutorInnen. Die Sendereihe umfasste mehr als 500 Folgen. Friedrich Schoenfelder konnte in mehr als 140 TV- und Kinofilmen, in mehr als 50 Hörspielen und als Synchronsprecher seine schauspielerische Leistung als distinguierter Gentleman aber auch als Charakterdarsteller unter Beweis stellen. In dieser Folge liest Friedrich Schoenfelder die Geschichten 'Augusthitze' und 'Nacht über dem Moor' von W. F. Harvey, 'Schicksal' von Saki, 'Der schöne Anzug' von H.G. Wells, 'Der Bahnwärter' von Charles Dickens und 'Der Fluch der Feuer und Schatten' von William Butler Yeats.Show more
Here are 12 specially selected tales by one of the masters of this miniature art, Saki (H.H Munro). They range from the comic deception of 'The Schartz Metterklume Method' to 'The Cobweb', a subtle meditation on life, change and death. Also included is Munro's short essay 'Birds on the Western Front', a poignant description of some of Nature's response to the devastation of war: written in the very place where Munro would tragically lose his life to a sniper's bullet in 1916. Beautifully narrated by Simon Hester, with specially composed music.Show more
Stories are one of mankind’s greatest artistic achievements. Whether written down or spoken they have an ability to capture our imagination and thoughts, and take us on incredible journeys in the space of a phrase and the turn of a page.Within a few words of text or speech, new worlds and characters form, propelling a narrative to a conclusion with intricate ease. Finely crafted, perfectly formed these Miniature Masterpieces, at first thought, seem remarkably easy to conjure up. But ask any writer and they will tell you that distilling the essence of narrative and characters into a short story is one of the hardest acts of their literary craft. Many attempt, but few achieve.Show more
THE TOYS OF PEACE AND OTHER PAPERS by "Saki" (H. H. Munro) is a collection of 33 "papers" or short stories, which were originally published separately in various journals and later issued in one volume in 1919, three years after the writer's death in the Great War. They are some of the most delightful of literary miniatures. They are: The Toys of Peace Louise Tea The Disappearance of Chrispina Umberleigh The Wolves of Cernogratz Louis The Guests The Penance The Phantom Luncheon A Bread and Butter Miss Bertie's Christmas Eve Forewarned The Interlopers Quail Seed Canossa The Threat Excepting Mrs. Pentherby Mark The Hedgehog The Mappined Life Fate The Bull Morlvera Shock Tactics The Seven Cream Jugs The Occasional Garden The Sheep The Oversight Hyacinth The Image of the Lost Soul The Purple of the Balkan Kings The Cupboard of the Yesterdays For the Duration of the War Note: A number of these stories are contained in "The Best of Saki" (3 volumes) narrated by Roy Macready.Show more
The human race prides itself on being the most organised of animals. We manage the fate of all other species. All other animals bow to our control or suffer. In diminishing numbers we allow some to live in the wild but in increasing numbers we domesticate them and whether they become part of the family, a best friend or wonderfully decorative accessory we take their compliance for granted. Such a shame then when these creatures take umbrage and prepare their revenge on us they do so in ways designed to show that when the tables turn 'mercy' is just a word that we humans plead for, expect, but, of course, is always denied.Show more
"Reginald in Russia and other sketches" was published in 1910 and was the second of Saki's collections of short stories following "Reginald" (1904). It consists of 15 stories or "sketches" as the author calls them and contains two of his most famous tales "Gabriel Ernest" and "The Reticence of Lady Anne." The stories are: Reginald in Russia The Reticence of Lady Anne The Lost Sanjak The Sex that Doesn't Shop The Blood-Feud of Toad-Water A Young Turkish Catastrophe Judkin of the Parcels Gabriel Ernest The Saint and the Goblin The Soul of Laploshka The Bag The Strategist Cross Currents The Baker's Dozen (A Playlet) The MouseShow more
This book contains the following works arranged alphabetically by authors last names The Mysterious Mansion [Honoré de Balzac] The Tomb of Heiri [Arthur Christopher Benson] Chickamauga [Ambrose Bierce] An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge [Ambrose Bierce] The Death of Halpin Frayser [Ambrose Bierce] A Halloween Wraith [William Black] The Goblin's Collection [Algernon Blackwood] The Wood of the Dead [Algernon Blackwood] Let Loose [Mary Cholmondeley] The Horror of the Heights [Arthur Conan Doyle] The Lift [Arthur Conan Doyle] The Terror of Blue John Gap [Arthur Conan Doyle] Captain Murderer [Charles Dickens] The Trial for Murder [Charles Dickens] Cold Ghost [Chester S. Geier] Fragments from the Journal of a Solitary Man [Nathaniel Hawthorne] The Devil in Manuscript [Nathaniel Hawthorne] The Adventure of the German Student [Washington Irving] Rip Van Winkle [Washington Irving] The Romance of Certain Old Clothes [Henry James] The City Of Dreadful Night [Rudyard Kipling] The Untold Sequel to the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [Frances Little] Hypnos [H.P Lovecraft] Nyarlathotep [H.P Lovecraft] The Tomb [H.P Lovecraft] Dagon [H.P Lovecraft] The Cats of Ulthar [H.P Lovecraft] The Devil [Guy de Maupassant] Who Knows? [Guy de Maupassant] When I was Dead [Vincent O'Sullivan] Doom of the House of Duryea [Earl Peirce] The Yellow Wallpaper [Charlotte Perkins Gilman] The Masqued Red Death [Edgar Allan Poe] The Black Cat [Edgar Allan Poe] Silence: A Fable [Edgar Allan Poe] The Tell Tale Heart [Edgar Allan Poe] The Room of Mirrors [Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch] The Mystery of Joseph Laquedem [Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch] The Wolves of Cernogratz [Saki] An account of some strange disturbances in Aungier Street [Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu] Dracula's Guest [Bram Stoker] The Squaw [Bram Stoker] The Dualists [Bram Stoker] The Valley of Spiders [H.G Wells] The Sea Raiders [H.G Wells] The Red Room [H.G Wells] Jimmy Goggles the God [H.G Wells] The Eyes [Edith Wharton] The Wind in the Rose-Bush [Mary E. Wilkins Freeman] The Substitute [Georgia Wood Pangborn]Show more
J.P Huddle and his sister live a staid life in the country where they have settled a little too comfortably into elderly middle-age. When Clovis, a fellow passenger on the train hears of their dilemma he decides that instead of a rest cure, what they need is an un-rest cure. Listen to the humorous chaos that ensues when the Huddle household is turned upside down in the name of an UNREST CURE.Show more
This scarce antiquarian book is a selection from Kessinger Publishing's Legacy Reprint Series. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment to protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature. Kessinger Publishing is the place to find hundreds of thousands of rare and hard-to-find books with something of interest for everyoneShow more
This short story is about a woman named Sylvia who moves with her new husband to his country house. They spend days roaming through the woods, but when Sylvia scoffs at a statue of the Greek God Pan she sets in motion events that seem to come from a much deeper and darker part of the forest nymph. This story is a selection from the book 'The Chronicles of Clovis'Show more
What if your house pet could talk? It has probably seen and heard quite a few things that you would not want spread around at a dinner party of your friends and acquaintances. Well that is exactly what happens in this short story. Listen in to see how quick the conversation can take a bad turn and how a houseful of guests handle the stress of a cat named Tobermory that can speak it's mind.Show more
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