In the ancient, Celtic land of Cornwall, Emma Hayward searched for a myth and found truth. Needing to prove she's got what it takes in the male-dominated world of wildlife photography, Emma sets herself an impossible task-to be the one to capture the fabled Beast of Bodmin Moor on film. It's her big adventure and nothing-not even the handsome and charismatic, motorcyle designer, Seth Trevelyan-will distract her and stop her from reaching her goals. But a man wearing black leathers can mess with a girl's mind, no matter how big her plans.
On the night of the Parkhurst ball, someone had a scandalous tryst in the library. Was it Lord Canby, with the maid, on the divan Or Miss Fairchild, with a rake, against the wall Perhaps the butler did it.
Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street is a short story by the American writer Herman Melville (1819-1891). The narrator, an elderly Manhattan lawyer with a very comfortable business helping wealthy men deal with mortgages, deeds, and bonds, relates the story of the strangest man he has ever known. At the start of the story, the narrator already employs two scriveners, nicknamed Nippers and Turkey, to copy legal documents by hand. Nippers (the younger of the two) suffers from chronic indigestion, and Turkey is an alcoholic, but the office survives because in the mornings Turkey is sober and Nippers is irritable, while in the afternoons Nippers has calmed down and Turkey is drunk. Ginger Nut, the office boy, gets his name from the little cakes he brings the two scriveners. An increase in business leads the narrator to advertise for a third scrivener, and he hires the forlorn-looking Bartleby in hopes that his calmness will soothe the temperaments of Nippers and Turkey. At first, Bartleby appears to be a boon to the practice, as he produces a large volume of high-quality work. One day, though, when asked by the narrator to help proofread a copied document, Bartleby answers with what soon becomes his stock response: "I would prefer not to." To the dismay of the narrator and to the irritation of the other employees, Bartleby performs fewer and fewer tasks around the office. The narrator makes several attempts to reason with him and to learn something about him, but Bartleby offers nothing but his signature "I would prefer not to." One weekend the narrator stops by the office unexpectedly and discovers that Bartleby has started living there. The loneliness of Bartleby's life impresses him: at night and on Sundays, Wall Street is as desolate as a ghost town, and the window in Bartleby's corner allows him no view except that of a blank wall three feet away. The narrator's feelings for Bartleby alternate between pity and revulsion. Scrivener (or scribe) was a Middle English term for a person who could read and write. This usually indicated secretarial and administrative duties such as dictation and keeping business, judicial, and history records for kings, nobles, temples, and cities. Scriveners later developed into public servants, accountants, lawyers and petition writers.
Welcome to the first part of Fly On The Wall: Fairy Tales From A Misanthropic Universe. Step into a world of 36 gruesomely morbid fairy tales from a misanthropic parallel universe. Fight off anger, sadness, disgust, and upset as you march from one tragedy to another in this awful anthology. Contains strong scenes of violence, sexuality, nudity, coarse language....and that's just the first few pages. Reader discretion is advised. Life is a fleeting commodity in this one, one all too often taken away by cruel fates. This is the first book in a 100 story 3 volume anthology. It gets worse...much worse...
Within these parchments lie places hidden from the world. Where demons dance, hope is forsaken and fear is relished. Enter at your own risk . . . David Schembri's Unearthly Fables is a darkly evocative Pandora's box of a book. Made up of compact short-short stories of horror and dark fantasy, a flash fiction collection gathered under the title "Sightings in the Dark," a few longer tales, and a concluding science fiction thriller, Unearthly Fables aims to unsettle the reader and leave phantom scratches on the psyche. The varied collection never seems merely random. Without sharing story continuity or characters, the shorts create a unity of tone and colour, a thematic resonance that is enhanced by the author's evocative illustrations. We feel that we're in a consistent and unsettling world. What the shorts and flash fiction inevitably lack in complex plotting, they make up for in atmosphere and dark imagery, jabs of black humour, half-seen glimpses into strange realities, and moments spent lost in the nastier corners of the human mind. This tonal unity even embraces the concluding more plot-driven SF novella, which has enough grotesque imagery and violent adventure to sit comfortably with and complement the preceding tales of supernatural and visceral horror. On top of all this, Schembri has asked some of Australia's leading practitioners of the weird tale to write a brief lead-in to the stories-another unusual touch. The book ends with an interview with Schembri conducted by editor Paula Berinstein, exploring the author's thoughts on horror and his own work. All up, Unearthly Fables is a distinctive collection of horror fiction, offering the reader a glimpse into the darker corners of Schembri's imagination. Robert Hood, horror-fantasy writer and author of Immaterial: Ghost Stories and the epic fantasy novel Fragments of a Broken Land: Valarl Undead.
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