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The Tomb and Other Tales

H.P. Lovecraft - 1965
    Discover how the mind of H.P. Lovecraft worked, and how much his early and late stories tell about this intriguing writer.


Italo Calvino - 1965
    He makes his characters out of mathematical formulae and simple cellular structures. They disport themselves among galaxies, experience the solidification of planets, move from aquatic to terrestrial existence, play games with hydrogen atoms, and even have a love life.During the course of these stories Calvino toys with continuous creation, the transformation of matter, and the expanding and contracting reaches of space and time. He succeeds in relating complex scientific concepts to the ordinary reactions of common humanity.William Weaver's excellent translation won a National Book Award (1969).“Naturally, we were all there," old Qfwfq said, "where else could we have been? Nobody knew then that there could be space. Or time either: what use did we have for time, packed in there like sardines?”

The Vintage Bradbury: The Greatest Stories by America's Most Distinguished Practioner of Speculative Fiction

Ray Bradbury - 1965
    The best short stories of Ray Bradbury--including "Dandelion Wine, " "The Illustrated Man, " and twenty-one other tales by one of our most original authors.

Dagon and Other Macabre Tales

H.P. Lovecraft - 1965
    Lovecraft. Dagon and Other Macabre Tales. [Sauk City]: Arkham House, [1986]. Corrected fifth printing. Octavo. 448 pages. Publisher's binding and dust jacket.Cover Illustration: Raymond Bayless

The Overcoat and Other Tales of Good and Evil

Nikolai Gogol - 1965
    The compassion, simplicity, and gentle humor with which he treats the poignant quest of a hapless civil servant for the return of his stolen overcoat—and the fantastic yet realistic manner in which he takes revenge on his nemesis, the Very Important Person—mark "The Overcoat" as one of the greatest achievements of Gogol's genius.The five other "Tales of Good and Evil" in this superb collection demonstrate the broad range of Gogol's literary palette in his short fiction: the fantastic, supernaturally tinged "The Terrible Vengeance," the comic portraiture of "Ivan Fydorovich Shponka and His Aunt," the tragic moral realism of "The Portrait" and "Nevsky Avenue," and the rampaging satire and absurdism of his send-up of Russian upper-class stupidity, "The Nose." The stories offer the reader the perfect introduction to the imaginative genius of Gogol, which was to flower so triumphantly in his masterpiece, 'Deal Souls'.

"Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman

Harlan Ellison - 1965
    A rebel inhabits a world where conformity and punctuality are top priorities and the Ticktockman cannot accept the Harlequin's presence in his perfectly ordered world.

The Anything Box

Zenna Henderson - 1965
    The Grunder, a thing of horror which, if defeated, restores love... The Noise-Eater, created by a child out of his fevered imagination, gobbles up anything--or anyone--that makes a sound... The Coveti, residents of an alien world poisoned by the intrusion of the stranger from Earth... The Beast Hill, an ordinary mound of earth, except that its grass resembles fur, and--doesn't it move?

Stories by O. Henry (Walmart)

O. Henry - 1965
    Henry first lived a checkered life as a cowhand, bank teller, reporter, embezzler, and convict. Then, in a last-minute reversal worthy of one of his own stories, he turned to fiction, and became a celebrated author of ironic miniatures. "The Gift of the Magi" is perhaps his most famous creation. And while this exploration of love and gift-giving doesn't exactly plumb the depths of human behavior, it does leave us with the final picture of Jim (sans watch) and Della (sans hair, or most of it), which has induced even the crankiest readers to shed a tear since it first appeared in 1906. Get out your handkerchiefs!

The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth

Roger Zelazny - 1965
    In Doors of His Face, The Lamps of His Mouth, Zelazny's rare ability to mix the dream-like, disturbing imagery of fantasy with the real-life hardware of science fiction is on full display. His vivid imagination and fine prose made him one of the most highly acclaimed writers in his field.Contents:· The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth · nv F&SF Mar ’65 · The Keys to December · nv New Worlds Aug ’66 · Devil Car [Sam Nurdock] · ss Galaxy Jun ’65 · A Rose for Ecclesiastes · nv F&SF Nov ’63 · The Monster and the Maiden · vi Galaxy Dec ’64 · Collector’s Fever · vi Galaxy Jun ’64 · This Mortal Mountain · nv If Mar ’67 · This Moment of the Storm · nv F&SF Jun ’66 · The Great Slow Kings · ss Worlds of Tomorrow Dec ’63 · A Museum Piece · ss Fantastic Jun ’63 · Divine Madness · ss Magazine of Horror Sum ’66 · Corrida · ss Anubis v1 #3 ’68 · Love Is an Imaginary Number · ss New Worlds Jan ’66 · The Man Who Loved the Faioli · ss Galaxy Jun ’67 · Lucifer · ss Worlds of Tomorrow Jun ’64

The Kiss and Other Stories

Anton Chekhov - 1965
    They show him as a master of compression and a probing analyst, unmasking the mediocrity, lack of ideals, and spiritual and physical inertia of his generation. In these grim pictures of peasant life, and telling portraits of men and women enmeshed in trivialities, in the finely observed, suffocating atmosphere of provincial towns with their pompous officials, frustrated, self-seeking wives, spineless husbands, Chekhov does not expound any system of morality, but leaves the reader to draw what conclusion he will.

The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter

Katherine Anne Porter - 1965
    This volume brings together the collections Flowering Judas; Pale Horse, Pale Rider; and The Leaning Tower as well as four stories not available elsewhere in book form.

Telltale Lilac Bush and Other West Virginia Ghost Tales

Ruth Ann Musick - 1965
    Originally West Virginians told these hundred stories not for idle amusement but to report supernatural experiences that defied ordinary human explanation. From jealous rivals and ghostly children to murdered kinsmen and omens of death, these tales reflect the inner lives -- the hopes, beliefs, and fears -- of a people. Like all folklore, these tales reveal much of the history of the region: its isolation and violence, the passions and bloodshed of the Civil War era, the hardships of miners and railroad laborers, and the lingering vitality of Old World traditions.

Fairy Tales

E.E. Cummings - 1965
    In "The Old Man Who Said Why" a wise fairy's kind nature is taxed when one old man's questions throw the entire heavens into madness. In "The Elephant and the Butterfly" and "The House That Ate Mosquito Pie" shyness is overcome by the compelling love of new friends. "The Little Girl Named I" is a conversation between the author and a small girl, in the manner of A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh.Clever, insightful, and magical, peopled with vivid characters—a house that prefers one bird to any human inhabitants, an elephant paralyzed with delight, a fairy who "always breakfasted on light and silence"here are tales as only Cummings could write them. A delightful and surprising gift for anyone, young or old.

The Lame Shall Enter First

Flannery O'Connor - 1965
    Reproduction from the New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux edition of 1971.

18 Best Stories by Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe - 1965
    Found in a Bottle  - A Tale of the Ragged Mountains - The Sphinx -  The Murders in the Rue Morgue - The Tell-Tale Heart  - The Gold-Bug - The System of Dr. Tarr and  Prof. Fether - The Man That Was Used Up - The Balloon  Hoax - A Descent Into the Maelstrom - The  Purloined Letter - The Pit and The Pendulum - The Cask of  Amontillado

African Stories

Doris Lessing - 1965
    Here, as she sees them, are the complexities, the agonies and joys, the textures of African life and society.The collection, bridging as it does Mrs. Lessing's entire writing career, contains much of her most extraordinary work. Beyond that, it is a brilliant portrait of a world that is vital to all of us, shadowy to most of us - perceived by an artist of the first rank writing with passion and honesty about her native land.It is a central book in the work of one of the most important of today's writers.

The Best of Kuttner 1

Henry Kuttner - 1965
    Saturday Review of Literature: "A sampling of Kuttner from fantasy to science fiction and all stages inbetween--first degree entertainment!"--back coverIntroduction - Ray BradburyShort stories 1939-1955: Mimsy were the Borogoves Two-Handed Engine The Proud Robot The Misguided Halo The Voice of the Lobster Exit the Professor The Twonky A Gnome There Was The Big Night Nothing But Gingerbread Left The Iron Standard Cold War Or Else Endowment Policy Housing Problem What You Need Absalom

The Adventure of the Speckled Band and Other Stories of Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle - 1965
    John Watson. An excellent introduction if (by some incomprehensible concatenation of events) you’ve never read a Holmes tale.Contents: Introducing Mr. Sherlock Holmes / William S. Baring-Gould — The adventure of the speckled band — A scandal in Bohemia — The Red-headed League — The adventure of the blue carbuncle — The Musgrave ritual — The naval treaty — Silver Blaze — The final problem — The adventure of the empty house — The adventure of the Bruce-Partington plans — The adventure of the dancing men — The adventure of the six Napoleons — Notes / William S. Baring-Gould

Space Lords

Cordwainer Smith - 1965
    This is the 1st edition.The universe of Cordwainer SmithGiant planoforming ships ply the spaceways...Men "built" from animals do mankind's labor - and plot in secret...Living weapons guard the most important secret in existence...A thousand planets acknowledge one ruler - the instrumentality of Mankind...Wierd, beautiful, terrifying - these stories of the far future paint a picture of the strangest universe ever imagined.Contains five stories:Mother Hitton's Littul KittonsThe Dead Lady of Clown TownDrunkboatThe Ballad of Lost C'MellA Planet Named Shayol

Mainly in Moonlight

Nicholas Stuart Gray - 1965
    Twelve enchanting stories about magic and magicians, starlight and sorcery.

Ghouls in My Grave

Jean Ray - 1965
    Gold Teeth 2. The Shadowy Street 3. I Killed Alfred Heavenrock 4. The Cemetery Watchman 5. The Mainz Psalter 6. The Last Traveler 7. The Black Mirror 8. Mr Glass Changes Direction Author's real name is Raymundus Joannes de Kremer. He also published work under the name John Flanders.

Born to Win

Woody Guthrie - 1965
    'This Land is Your Land,' 'So Long, It's Been Good to Know You,' 'Hard Traveling,' 'Pretty Boy Floyd,' & 'The Dust Bowl Ballads,' are just a few of the Guthrie songs that have made his name a byword in American music. Born to Win is a great new collection of his stories, drawings, poems, previously unpublished songs & reminiscences. Their themes are the themes oa whole new generation of balladeers have triumphantly taken up: War. Love. Justice. Wandering. Children. Injustice. Sex. The American scene. together they convey a vivid & immediate sense of what Woody Guthrie is all about.

Thirteen Stories

Eudora Welty - 1965
    “Miss Welty has written some of the finest short stories of modern times” (Orville Prescott, New York Times). Selected and with an Introduction by Ruth M. Vande Kieft.

A Treasury of Yiddish Stories

Irving Howe - 1965
    Fifty-two Yiddish short stories describe life in the shetl and other aspects of the Jewish experience, and include works produced by Jewish writers during the last two centuries.

Acts of Worship: Seven Stories

Yukio Mishima - 1965
    He had written over thirty novels, eighteen plays, and twenty volumes of short stories. During his lifetime, he was nominated for the Nobel Prize three times and had seen almost all of his major novels appear in English. While the flamboyance of his life and the apparent fanaticism of his death have dominated the public's perception of his achievement, Japanese and Western critics alike are in agreement that his literary gifts were prodigious.Mishima is arguably at his best in the shorter forms, and it is the flower of these that appears here for the first time in English. Each story has its own distinctive atmosphere and each is brilliantly organized, yielding deeper layers of meaning with repeated readings. The psychological observation, particularly in what it reveals of the turmoil of adolescence, is meticulous.The style, with its skillful blending of colors and surfaces, shows Mishima in top form, and no further proof is needed to remind us that he was a consummate writer whose work is an irreplaceable part of world literature.

More Wise Men of Helm and Their Merry Tales

Solomon Simon - 1965
    These humorous stories are just right for children.

Retreat Syndrome

Philip K. Dick - 1965
    The story follows John Cupertino, a man seemingly under medical care, and his quest to find the truth behind the memory of him killing his wife.

Man Against Tomorrow

William F. Nolan - 1965
    Miller, Jr.• Payment in Full - (1950) - Ray Bradbury• Seventh Victim - (1953) - Robert Sheckley• Birthday Present - (1955) - Charles E. Fritch• Transformer - (1954) - Chad Oliver• Mass for Mixed Voices - (1954) - Charles Beaumont• The Freeway - (1963) - George Clayton Johnson• Nobody Starves - (1964) - Ron Goulart• And Miles to Go Before I Sleep - (1958) - William F. Nolan

Fifty Famous Fairy Tales

Robert J. Lee - 1965
    Contents: CinderellaJack the Giant KillerThe Six TravelersHansel and GretelThe DwarfsThe Poor Man and the Rich ManPuss in BootsThick-Headed JackThe Elves and the ShoemakerAladdin and the Wonderful LampThe Three SilliesTom ThumbThe Spindle, the Shuttle, and the NeedleHow the Sea Became SaltThe NoseThe Sleeping Beauty

The Worlds of Robert F. Young

Robert F. Young - 1965
    Keats (1959)Goddess in Granite (1957)Promised Planet (1955)Romance in a Twenty-First Century Used-Car Lot (1960)The Courts of Jamshyd (1957)Production Problem (1959)Little Red Schoolhouse (1956)Written in the Stars (1957)A Drink of Darkness (1962)Your Ghost Will Walk... (1957)