Best of
Short-Stories

1999

The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol


Nikolai Gogol - 1999
    And in places what poetry! . . . I still haven't recovered."More than a century and a half later, Nikolai Gogol's stories continue to delight readers the world over. Now a stunning new translation--from an award-winning team of translators--presents these stories in all their inventive, exuberant glory to English-speaking readers. For the first time, the best of Gogol's short fiction is brought together in a single volume: from the colorful Ukrainian tales that led some critics to call him "the Russian Dickens" to the Petersburg stories, with their black humor and wonderfully demented attitude toward the powers that be. All of Gogol's most memorable creations are here: the minor official who misplaces his nose, the downtrodden clerk whose life is changed by the acquisition of a splendid new overcoat, the wily madman who becomes convinced that a dog can tell him everything he needs to know.These fantastic, comic, utterly Russian characters have dazzled generations of readers and had a profound influence on writers such as Dostoevsky and Nabokov. Now they are brilliantly rendered in the first new translation in twenty-five years--one that is destined to become the definitive edition of Gogol's most important stories.

The Complete Tales of Edgar Allan Poe


Edgar Allan Poe - 1999
    Part of the American Romantic movement, his horror stories are known the world over and have become classics. Meanwhile, stories like The Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Mystery of Marie Roget helped found the detective novel genre, that would later come into its own with the likes of Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot, half a century later.This fabulous collection includes 69 short stories -- absolutely all of the stories Poe is known to have written -- making this the most complete Poe collection for Kindle. The handy interactive table of contents lists the stories by date of publication, as well as alphabetical order, and includes alternative titles. If you are a Poe aficionado, you will love this book.This material was NOT merely scanned from an ink-and-paper book, like many Kindle e-books are. All e-books offered by Di Lernia Publishers are hand-editted and checked for spelling and punctuation errors.

Cronopios and Famas


Julio Cortázar - 1999
    "Unusual Occupations," the second chapter, describes the obsessions and predilections of the narrator's family, including the lodging of a tiger-just one tiger- "for the sole purpose of seeing the mechanism at work in all its complexity." Finally, the "Cronopios and Famas" section delightfully characterizes, in the words of Carlos Fuentes, "those enemies of pomposity, academic rigor mortis and cardboard celebrity-a band of literary Marx Brothers."

Short Stories From Rabindranath Tagore


Rabindranath Tagore - 1999
    Throughout these stories, Tagore's main interest is people and the kaleidoscope of human emotions, as men and women struggle with the restrictions and prohibitions of contemporary Hindu society.

Birds of America


Lorrie Moore - 1999
    Stories remarkable in their range, emotional force, and dark laughter, and in the sheer beauty and power of their language.From the opening story, "Willing", about a second-rate movie actress in her thirties who has moved back to Chicago, where she makes a seedy motel room her home and becomes involved with a mechanic who has not the least idea of who she is as a human being, Birds of America unfolds a startlingly brilliant series of portraits of the unhinged, the lost, the unsettled of our America. In the story "Which Is More Than I Can Say About Some People" ("There is nothing as complex in the world--no flower or stone--as a single hello from a human being"), a woman newly separated from her husband is on a long-planned trip through Ireland with her mother. When they set out on an expedition to kiss the Blarney Stone, the image of wisdom and success that her mother has always put forth slips away to reveal the panicky woman she really is. In "Charades," a family game at Christmas is transformed into a hilarious and insightful (and fundamentally upsetting) revelation of crumbling family ties. In "Community Life,"a shy, almost reclusive, librarian, Transylvania-born and Vermont-bred, moves in with her boyfriend, the local anarchist in a small university town, and all hell breaks loose. And in "Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens," a woman who goes through the stages of grief as she mourns the death of her cat (Anger, Denial, Bargaining, Haagen Dazs, Rage) is seen by her friends as really mourning other issues: the impending death of her parents, the son she never had, Bosnia.In what may be her most stunning book yet, Lorrie Moore explores the personal and the universal, the idiosyncratic and the mundane, with all the wit, brio, and verve that have made her one of the best storytellers of our time.

Everything and Nothing


Jorge Luis Borges - 1999
    Some of the narrative pieces herein contained are: "Pierre Menard" in which a modern writer reconstructs passages from Don Quixote that are verbally identical but read differently; "The Garden of Forking Paths," an intellectual variation on the detective-story genre; and "Nightmares," a lecture which, as Alastair Reid puts it, "shifts from personal memories to writers, to an examination of other peoples' metaphors, to language itself." Everything and Nothing serves as a perfect introduction to Borges's genius.

Stories


T. Coraghessan Boyle - 1999
    C. Boyle is one of the most inventive and wickedly funny short story writers at work today. Over the course of twenty-five years, Boyle has built up a body of short fiction that is remarkable in its range, richness, and exuberance. His stories have won accolades for their irony and black humor, for their verbal pyrotechnics, for their fascination with everything bizarre and queasy, and for the razor-sharp way in which they dissect America's obsession with image and materialism. Gathered together here are all of the stories that have appeared in his four previous collections, as well as seven that have never before appeared in book form. Together they comprise a book of small treasures, a definitive gift for Boyle fans and for every reader ready to discover the "ferocious, delicious imagination" (Los Angeles Times Book Review) of a "vibrant sensibility fully engaged with American society" (The New York Times).

The Rediscovery of Man


Cordwainer Smith - 1999
    His complete stories are collected in the 1993 NESFA edition called "The Rediscovery of Man: The Complete Short Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith". The stories feature governing 'Lords of the Instrumentality' that are immortal with drug 'stroon' from planet Norstrilia. Underpeople are humanoid slaves genetically modified from animals. Starships are replaced by instantaneous planoforming. A unique and strange future history unlike any other.Scanners Live in Vain (1950)The Lady Who Sailed the Soul (1960)The Game of Rat and Dragon (1955)The Burning of the Brain (1958)Golden the Ship Was---Oh! Oh! Oh! (1959)The Crime and the Glory of Commander Suzdal (1964)The Dead Lady of Clown Town (1964)Under Old Earth (1966)Mother Hitton's Littul Kittons (1961)Alpha Ralpha Boulevard (1961)The Ballad of Lost C'mell (1962)A Planet Named Shayol (1961)

The Boys of My Youth


Jo Ann Beard - 1999
    The excitement began the moment "The Fourth State of Matter," one of the fourteen extraordinary personal narratives in this book, appeared in the pages of The New Yorker. It increased when the author received a prestigious Whiting Foundation Award in November 1997, & it continued as the hardcover edition of The Boys of My Youth sold out its first printing even before publication. The author writes with perfect pitch as she takes us through one woman's life -- from childhood to marriage & beyond -- & memorably captures the collision of youthful longing & the hard intransigences of time & fate.

The Newford Stories


Charles de Lint - 1999
    ~~~ Set in Newford, a quintessential North American city that might exist anywhere or nowhere, de Lint's stories wander amid the tenements and the music clubs, the waterfront and the alleyways, where ancient myths and magic spill into the modern world. Here, ghosts loiter under street lamps, gemmins live in abandoned cars, and goblins traverse the tunnels below. ~~~ You'll meet folks like Jilly Coppercorn, a painter who sees wonder on these mean streets; Christy Riddell, writer and collector of urban folk tales and odd stories; his brother Geordie, a street fiddler who calls up enchantment with his music; and many others, like the boy who saves feral bicycles, the girl who stumbles into "the city of bridges," an origami fortune teller, a serial killer of people's dreams, "bone woman," and a conjure man. ~~~ With The Newford Stories, de Lint weaves before you a mesmerizing tapestry of stark realism, fond hope, and illimitable dreams.

Casting the Runes and Other Ghost Stories


M.R. James - 1999
    A selection of 21 stories, which also includes three stories that are not in the Collected Edition.Canon Alberic's scrap-book --The mezzotint --Number 13 --Count Magnus --Oh, whistle, and I'll come to you, my lad --The treasure of Abbot Thomas --A School story --The rose garden --The tractate middoth --Casting the runes --The stalls of Barchester Cathedral --Mr Humphreys and his inheritance --The diary of Mr Poynter --An episode of cathedral history --The uncommon prayer-book --A neighbour's landmark --A warning to the curious --Rats --The experiment --The malice of inanimate objects --A vignette

میری ذات زرہ بے نشاں (Meri Zaat Zarra-e-Benishan)


Umera Ahmed - 1999
    Saba is married to Arfeen against the wishes of his parents. Being in love with Saba, Arfeen feels a strange and unfathomable tinge of spirituality in her. Despite the displeasure of his parents, they are happy and satisfied with their life. Overwhelmed by her hatred for Saba, Arfeen’s mother plans to get rid of her by maligning her character. What follows is a lifetime of struggle and tolerance for Saba during which her faith in God remains unshaken.False pride, cruelty and regret are the sub themes that add strong shades to this powerful story. It was first published in Khawateen Digest.

Wyoming Stories


Annie Proulx - 1999
    On the heels of last year's mesmerising film adaptation of 'Brokeback Mountain' comes this beautiful, single volume collection of Annie Proulx's celebrated Wyoming stories. Inventive, compassionate and wildly funny, they explore the unbreakable bond between a people and their land in rich and robust language, with an eye for detail unparalleled in American fiction. In 'The Contest', the men of Elk Tooth, Wyoming, vow to put aside their razors for two seasons and wait to see who has the longest beard come the 4th of July. Deb Sipple, the moving protagonist of 'That Trickle Down Effect', finds that his opportunism - and his smoking habit - lead to massive destruction. And 'What Kind of Furniture Would Jesus Pick?' is the story of Gilbert Wolfscale, whose rabid devotion to his ranch drives away his wife and sons. Every story of this stunning collection is a tribute to Proulx's wit, her knowledge of the West, and her profound sympathy for characters who must use sheer will and courage to make it in such unforgiving territory.

The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction: Fifty North American Stories Since 1970


Lex Williford - 1999
    JonesCold snap by Thom JonesDoe season by David Michael KaplanPatriotic by Janet KauffmanGirl by Jamaica KincaidTerritory by David LeavittThe kind of light that shines on Texas by Reginald McKnightYou're ugly, too by Lorrie MooreThe management of grief by Bharati MukherjeeMeneseteung by Alice MunroGhost girls by Joyce Carol OatesThe things they carried by Tim O'BrienThe shawl by Cynthia OzickBrokeback Mountain by Annie ProulxStrays by Mark RichardIntensive care by Lee SmithThe way we live now by Susan SontagTwo kinds by Amy TanFirst, body by Melanie Rae ThonAble, Baker, Charlie, Dog by Stephanie VaughnNineteen fifty-five by Alice WalkerFever by John Edgar WidemanTaking care by Joy Williams

Chicken Soup for the Cat & Dog Lover's Soul: Celebrating Pets as Family with Stories About Cats, Dogs and Other Critters


Jack Canfield - 1999
    Now the coauthors bring readers this volume, honoring the unique and enduring love that people share with their cats and dogs. Like its predecessor, this book is a joyous and inspiring collection--sometimes poignant, sometimes amusing, always filled with the special and incredibly unconditional love only cats and dogs can give.

The Collected Stories of Mavis Gallant


Mavis Gallant - 1999
    Gallant was never afraid to push the boundaries of the form: many of her longer stories stray into novella territory, and even her shortest pieces often defy the expectations created in the first few pages. Gallant's characters are almost all exiles of one sort or another, 20th century seekers often marked by World War II and its aftermath. Gallant, a Canadian expatriate, spent much of her life in Paris, and that city of exiles and emigres provides the setting for some of her most memorable stories.

Paingod and Other Delusions


Harlan Ellison - 1999
    Passion is the keynote as you encounter the Harlequin and his nemesis, the dreaded Tictockman, in one of the most reprinted and widely taught stories in the English language; a pyretic who creates fire merely by willing it; the last surgeon in a world of robot physicians; a spaceship filled with hideous mutants rejected by the world that gave them birth. Touching and gentle and shocking stories from an incomparable master of impossible dreams and troubling truths.Contents:7 · New Introduction: Your Basic Crown of Thorns · in 19 · Spero Meliora · in 24 · Paingod · ss Fantastic Jun ’64 35 · “Repent, Harlequin!” Said the Ticktockman · ss Galaxy Dec ’65 49 · The Crackpots [Kyben] · nv If Jun ’56 89 · Sleeping Dogs · ss Analog Oct ’74 100 · Bright Eyes · ss Fantastic Apr ’65 112 · The Discarded [“The Abnormals”] · ss Fantastic Apr ’59 125 · Wanted in Surgery · nv If Aug ’57 156 · Deeper Than the Darkness · nv Infinity Science Fiction Apr ’57

The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Volume 3: The Father-Thing


Philip K. Dick - 1999
    Dick's first novel, Solar Lottery, was published in 1956. Many of these stories are previously uncollected, but also included here are some of Dick's most famous pieces, like Foster, You're Dead, a powerful extrapolation of nuclear war hysteria, and The Golden Man, a very different story about a super-evolved mutant human.This is a brilliant collection vividlly displaying some of the best of Dick's originality, quirky-humour and overflowing ideas.One of the most original practitioners writing any kind of fiction. Philip K. Dick made most of the European avant-garde seem navel-gazers in a cul-de-sac - Sunday TimesA stunning composite portrait of our times - The ObserverThe most consitently brilliant SF writer in the world... author of more good short stories than I can count - John BrunnerCover Illustration: Chris MooreComprising:Fair Game;The Hanging Stranger;The Eyes Have It;The Golden Man;The Turning Wheel;The Last of the Masters;The Father-Thing;Strange Eden;Tony and the Beetles;Null-O;To Serve the Master;Exhibit Piece;The Crawlers;Sales Pitch;Shell Game;Upon the Dull Earth;Foster, You're Dead;Pay for the Printer;War Veteran;The Chromium Fence;Misadjustment;A World of Talent;Psi-Man Heal My Child!

Nightmare Town


Dashiell Hammett - 1999
    A woman confronts the brutal truth about her husband in the chilling story, The Ruffian's Wife. His Brother's Keeper is a half-wit boxer's eulogy to the brother who betrayed him. The Second Story Angel recounts one of the most novel cons ever devised. In seven stories, the tough and taciturn Continental Op takes on a motley collection of the deceitful, the duped, and the dead, and once again shown his uncanny ability to get at the truth. In three stories, Sam Spade confronts the darkness in the human soul while rolling his own cigarettes. And the first study for The Thin Man sends John Guild on a murder investigation in which almost every witness may be lying.In Nightmare Town, Dashiell Hammett, America's poet laureate of the dispossessed, shows us a world where people confront a multitude of evils. Whether they are trying to right wrongs or just trying to survive, all of them are rendered with Hammett's signature gifts for sharp-edged characters and blunt dialogue.Hammett said that his ambition was to elevate mystery fiction to the level of art. This collection of masterful stories clearly illustrates Hammett's success, and shows the remarkable range and variety of the fiction he produced.As a novelist of realistic intrigue, Hammett was unsurpassed in his own or any day. - Ross MacDonaldA legend of a different kind: exemplary, not only of a certain kind of American fiction, but also of a certain kind of American life - Margaret AtwoodCover photograph: Mark Adams

Picture Imperfect and Other Byomkesh Bakshi Mysteries


Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay - 1999
    Set in the old-world Calcutta of the Raj, these stories featuring the astute investigator and his chronicler friend Ajit are still as gripping and delightful as when they first appeared.Byomkesh’s world, peopled with wonderfully delineated characters and framed by a brilliantly captured pre-Independence urban milieu, is fascinating because of its contemporary flavor. In the first story, Byomkesh works undercover to expose an organized crime ring trafficking in drugs. In ‘The Gramophone Pin Mystery’, he must put his razor-sharp intellect to good use to unearth the pattern behind a series of bizarre roadside murders. In ‘Calamity Strikes’, the ace detective is called upon to investigate the strange and sudden death of a girl in a neighbour’s kitchen. In the next story, he has to lock horns with an old enemy who has vowed to kill him with an innocuous but deadly weapon. And in ‘Picture Imperfect’, Byomkesh Bakshi unravels a complex mystery involving a stolen group photograph, an amorous couple, and an apparently unnecessary murder.Available in English for the first time in a superb translation, these stories will captivate every lover of crime fiction, young and old alike.

A Second Chance at Eden


Peter F. Hamilton - 1999
    From the author of the bestselling 'Night's Dawn' trilogy, a novella and six stories set in the same brilliantly realised universe.

What You Make It


Michael Marshall Smith - 1999
    The first piece of fiction Smith ever wrote -- a short story called The Man Who Drew Cats -- won the World Fantasy award. It's included here along with many others, some unpublished, which show the incredible versatility of one of the most exciting writers working in Britain today. The collection is stuffed with surreal, disturbing gems including: 'When God Lived in Kentish Town' Someone comes up to you when you're quietly eating your stir-fried rice in a great Chinese take away, and tells you: 'I've found God'. You try to ignore them, right? But what if they have, and what if He works in a drab old electrical store on Kentish Town Road and he's not getting many customers? 'Diet Hell' Some people will do anything to fit into their old jeans. 'Save As...' What if you could back up your life? Save it up to a certain point and return to it when things went horribly wrong? 'Everybody Goes' An idyllic childhood day from a long, hot summer. The kind you want to last for ever. All good things must come to an end, mustn't they?

Raavi Paar: And Other Stories


गुलज़ार [Gulzar] - 1999
    The stories in this book have their roots in the Indian culture but express universal emotions that are experienced across the boundaries of regions, caste, and creed. Varied emotions of love, heartbreak, aloofness, anxiety, fear, and longing are expressed in this book.There is one story in which movie star Dilip Kumar breaks the heart of a young girl. There is another where a man pushes off another from a moving train. Raavi Paar also tells the story of a Muslim man whose wish is to be cremated after death and not be buried. There is also a story about a married woman who realises that the only reason for her husband to marry her was to use her as cheap labour.The title of this book is an incident from the author’s own life. During the India-Pakistan partition, the author was mistakenly claimed as their own child by another family. Raavi Paar consists of stories which will touch the reader’s hearts due to the simplicity and intricacy of emotions portrayed by the author.Serious, moving, funny and ironic by turns, these stories are replete with the perceptions of a man who has viewed the world with equanimity and compassion.

Chicken Soup Unsinkable Soul


Jack Canfield - 1999
    Sure to become a favorite of readers who love Chicken Soup for its stories of overcoming life's obstacles, challenges, heartbreaks and pain, this book emphasizes triumph in the face of overwhelming odds. A timeless testament to the indomitable human spirit, this collection is sure to encourage, support, comfort and, most of all, inspire all readers for years to come. Show More Show Less

Where I Live Now: Stories 1993-1998


Lucia Berlin - 1999
    In Where I Live Now, Berlin once again contemplates the human condition with a compassionate understanding. Berlin's vision is sometimes remorseful, sometimes resigned, always courageous and unmisgiving.The elusive nature of happiness is a compelling theme here: the survivors in these stories -- many of them society's marginal or excluded people, fighting alcohol or drug addiction, bearing emotional scars -- recognize it all too well. They mourn the lost dreams of youth, the roads not taken. They suffer the damage life inflicts: the ache of loneliness, the pain of separation, the fear of death.

Good Evening, Mrs Craven: The Wartime Stories of Mollie Panter-Downes


Mollie Panter-Downes - 1999
    In the Daily Mail Angela Huth called "Good Evening, Mrs Craven" 'my especial find' and Ruth Gorb in the "Ham & High" contrasted the humour of some of the stories with the desolation of others: 'The mistress, unlike the wife, has to worry and mourn in secret for her man; a middle-aged spinster finds herself alone again when the camaraderie of the air-raids is over ...'

Close Range


Annie Proulx - 1999
    Each of the portraits in Close Range reveals characters fiercely wrought with precision and grace. These are stories of desperation and unlikely elation, set in a landscape both stark and magnificent.

Welding with Children


Tim Gautreaux - 1999
    A master storyteller's triumphant, moving collection about lost souls, found love, and rediscovered traditionTim Gautreaux returns to the form that won him his first fans, with tales of family, sin, and redemption: from a man who realizes his grandchildren are growing up without any sense of right or wrong, and he's to blame; to a camera repairman who uncovers a young woman's secret in the undeveloped film she brings him; to a one-armed hitch-hiker who changes the life of the man who gives her a ride.Each one a small miracle of storytelling and compassion, these stories are a joyous confirmation of Tim Gautreaux's rare and generous talent.

The Collected Strange Stories Of Robert Aickman: I


Robert Aickman - 1999
    Jacket by Steven Stapleton.Co-produced with Durtro. 500 copies printed.(Out of print).Contents: -a quote from Stenbock-Robert Aickman: An Appreciation, by David Tibet-An Essay by Robert Aickman-Remembering Robert, by Ramsey Campbell-The Trains/ The Insufficient Answer/ The View/ The School Friend/ Ringing the Changes/ Choice of Weapons/ The Waiting Room/ Bind Your Hair/ Your Tiny Hand is Frozen/ My Poor Friend/ The Visiting Star/ Larger Than Oneself/ A Roman Question/ The Wine-Dark Sea/ Ravissante/ The Inner Room/ Never Visit Venice/ The Unsettled Dust/ The Houses of the Russians/ No Stronger Than a Flower/ The Cicerones/ Into the Wood. ..with Volume II, not sold separately.Note: An addendum was produced for the volumes.

The Pit and the Pendulum and Other Stories


Edgar Allan Poe - 1999
    Accessible language and carefully controlled vocabulary build students' reading confidence. Introductions at the beginning of each story, illustrations throughout, and glossaries help build comprehension. Before, during, and after reading activities included in the back of each book strengthen student comprehension. Audio versions of selected titles provide great models of intonation and pronunciation of difficult words.

Selected Writings


Gérard de Nerval - 1999
    "This selection of writings - the first such comprehensive gathering to appear in English - provides an overview of Nerval's work as a poet, belletrist, short-story writer and autobiographer. In addition to 'Aurelia', the memoir of his madness, 'Sylvie' (considered a 'masterpiece' by Proust), and the hermetic sonnets of 'The Chimeras', this volume includes Nerval's Doppelganger tales and experimental fictions. Selections from his correspondence demonstrate a lucid awareness of the strategies by which nineteenth-century psychiatry consigned his visionary imagination to the purgatory of mental illness.

A Play On Words


Deric Longden - 1999
    The theme is the experience of Longden watching LOST FOR WORDS become a TV drama along with a collection of observations of life at home and abroad.

रावीपार


गुलज़ार [Gulzar] - 1999
    The stories in this book have their roots in the Indian culture but express universal emotions that are experienced across the boundaries of regions, caste, and creed. Varied emotions of love, heartbreak, aloofness, anxiety, fear, and longing are expressed in this book.There is one story in which movie star Dilip Kumar breaks the heart of a young girl. There is another where a man pushes off another from a moving train. Raavi Paar also tells the story of a Muslim man whose wish is to be cremated after death and not be buried. There is also a story about a married woman who realises that the only reason for her husband to marry her was to use her as cheap labour.The title of this book is an incident from the author’s own life. During the India-Pakistan partition, the author was mistakenly claimed as their own child by another family. Raavi Paar consists of stories which will touch the reader’s hearts due to the simplicity and intricacy of emotions portrayed by the author.

The Best of Poe: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, The Cask of Amontillado, and 30 Others


Edgar Allan Poe - 1999
    Edgar Allan Poe—his name conjures up thoughts of hearts beating long after their owners are dead, of disease and plague amid wealth, of love that extends beyond the grave, and of black ravens who utter only one word. The richness of Poe’s writing, however, includes much more than horror, loss, and death. Alive with hypnotic sounds and mesmerizing rhythms, his poetry captures both the splendor and devastation of love, life, and death. His stories teem with irony and black humor, in addition to plot twists and surprise endings. Living by their own rules and charged with passion, Poe’s characters are instantly recognizable—even though we may be appalled by their actions, we understand their motivations. The thirty-three selections in The Best of Poe highlight his unique qualities. Discover for yourself the mysterious allure and genius of Edgar Allan Poe, who remains one of America’s most popular and important authors, even more than 150 years after his death.This Prestwick House edition is an unabridged republication, with some emendations, of thirty-three of Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories and poems, taken from various nineteenth century sources.

Walk in the Light & Twenty-Three Tales


Leo Tolstoy - 1999
    While inspired by the sense of spiritual certainty, their narrative quality, subtle humor, and visionary power lift them far above the common run of "religious" literature.

Pig Earth


John Berger - 1999
    This book is an act of reckoning that conveys the precise wealth and weight of a world we are losing.

Everybody Pays: Stories


Andrew Vachss - 1999
    From neo-noir master Andrew Vachss comes Everybody Pays, 38 white-knuckle rides into a netherworld of pederasts and prostitutes, stick-up kids and fall guys—where private codes of crime and punishment pulsate beneath a surface system of law and order, and our moral  compass spins frighteningly out of control. Here is the street-grit prose that has earned Vachss comparisons to Chandler, Cain, and Hammett--and the ingenious plot twists that transform the double-cross into an expression of retribution, the dark deed into a thing of beauty. Electrifying and enigmatic, Everybody Pays is a sojourn into the nature of evil itself—a trip made all the more frightening by its proximity to our front doorstep.

Later Short Stories, 1888-1903


Anton Chekhov - 1999
    "His stories, which deluge us with feeling, make feeling more intelligent; more magnanimous. He is an artist of our moral maturity."        This volume presents forty-two of Chekhov's later short stories, written between 1888 and 1903, in acclaimed translations by Constance Garnett and chosen by Shelby Foote. Among the most outstanding are "A Dreary Story," a dispassionate tale that reflects Chekhov's doubts about his role as an artist. Thomas Mann deemed it "a truly extraordinary, fascinating story . . . unlike anything else in world literature." "The Darling," a delightful work highly admired by Tolstoy, offers comic proof that life has no meaning without love. And in "The Lady with the Dog," which Vladimir Nabokov called "one of the greatest stories ever written," a chance affair takes possession of a bored young woman and a cynical roué, changing their lives forever. Also included in this collection are the famous trilogy, "The Man in a Case," "Gooseberries," and "About Love," as well as "Sleepy," "The Horse-Stealers," and "Betrothed."        "The greatest of Chekhov's stories are, no matter how many times reread, always an experience that strikes deep into the soul and produces an alteration there," wrote William Maxwell. "As for those masterpieces 'The Lady with the Dog,' 'The Horse-Stealers,' 'Sleepy,' 'Gooseberries,' 'About Love'--where else do you see so clearly the difference between light and dark, or how dark darkness can be."        Shelby Foote has provided an Introduction for this edition.

A Wodehouse Bestiary


P.G. Wodehouse - 1999
    Fourteen tales of animals of extrordinary strong dispositions and the often calamitous events they precipitate.

Catch A Falling Star


Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo - 1999
    In this collection, Hidalgo returns to the writing of the realistic short story while remaining true to the style of the travel essays, which some critics believe to be her most inspired work.

I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream


Harlan Ellison - 1999
    His recordings have been difficult to obtain...by his choice. In 1999, for the 1st time, he was lured into the studio to record this stunning retrospective. This recording is the winner of the International Horror Writers Bram Stoker Award for outstanding non-print media.Contents include: an original introductionI Have No Mouth, and I Must ScreamLaugh Track Grail"Repent, Harlequin!" said the TicktockmanThe Very Last Day of a Good WomanThe Time of the EyePaladin of the Lost HourThe Lingering Scent of WoodsmokeA Boy and His Dog (source of the cult motion picture)

A 6th Bowl of Chicken Soup for the Soul


Jack Canfield - 1999
    In the tradition of all the books in the original Chicken Soup series, this volume focuses on love; parents and parenting; teaching and learning; death and dying; perspective; overcoming obstacles; and eclectic wisdom. Contributors to A 6th Bowl of "Chicken Soup for the Soul" include: Erma Bombeck, Edgar Guest, Jay Leno, Rachel Naomi Remen, Robert A. Schuller, Dr. James Dobson, Dolly Parton and Cathy Rigby. A 6th Bowl is guaranteed to make anyone looking for inspiration and renewal an eternal "soup lover". Discover that there is only one "recipe" for compassion, wisdom, inspiration and love: "Chicken Soup for the Soul".

In the Penny Arcade


Steven Millhauser - 1999
    The seven stories of In the Penny Arcade blend both the real and the fantastic in a seductive mix that illuminates the full range of Steven Millhauser's gifts, from 'August Eschenburg', the story of a clockmaker's son whose extraordinary talent for creating animated figures is lost on a world whose taste for the perverse and crude supersedes that of the refined and beautiful, to 'Cathay', a kingdom whose wonders include landscape paintings executed on the bodies of court ladies.

The Burglar Who Dropped in on Elvis


Lawrence Block - 1999
    It was 1994 before a sixth Burglar book came along, but by then I’d written a pair of short stories about our lad.The first, “Like a Thief in the Night,” was exceptional in that it’s told from the point of view of the young woman who walks in on Bernie while he’s burgling a suite of midtown offices. (She’s pretty and personable, and he’s Bernie, so everything works out just fine.) A few years later I was holed up at a writers colony in Virginia with time on my hands, and a whole batch of short stories was the happy result. One was this one, in which Bernie’s enlisted by a supermarket tabloid to take forbidden photos at Graceland.That same stint in Virginia also yielded “Answers to Soldier,” about a hit man on a job in a small city in Oregon. Each story went straight to Alice Turner at Playboy, who bought them both. A couple of years later I found I had more to say about that hit man, whose name was Keller; there have now been four books about him, and I suspect there’ll be at least one more to come. And as for Bernie, there have been five more books, making a total of ten. And there’s been one more short story, “The Burglar Who Smelled Smoke.” And every once in a while an entire day goes by without someone asking me when I’m going to write another book about the fellow…

The Collected Strange Stories Of Robert Aickman: II


Robert Aickman - 1999
    Jacket by Steven Stapleton.Co-produced with Durtro. 500 copies printed.(Out of print).Contents:The Swords/ The Real Road to the Church/ Niemandswasser/ Pages from a Young Girl's Journal/ The Hospice/ The Same Dog/ Meeting Mr Millar/ The Clock Watcher/ Growing Boys/ Marriage/ Le Miroir/ Compulsory Games/ Raising the Wind/ Residents Only/ Wood/ Hand in Glove/ No Time Is Passing/ The Fetch/ The Breakthrough/ The Next Glade/ Letters to the Postman/ The Stains/ Just a Song at Twilight/ Laura/ Rosamund's Bower/ Mark/ Ingestre: The Customer's Tale. ..with Volume I, not sold separately.Note: An addendum was produced for the volumes.

Expedition To Earth


Arthur C. Clarke - 1999
    Clarke.Contents:Second DawnIf I Forget Thee, Oh Earth Breaking Strain History Lesson (as "Expedition to Earth" in the British Edition, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1954)SuperiorityExile of the Eons Hide-and-SeekExpedition to Earth (as "Encounter in the Dawn" in the British Edition, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1954)LoopholeInheritance The Sentinel (basis for 2001)

The Avram Davidson Treasury: A Tribute Collection


Avram Davidson - 1999
    He was erudite, cranky, Jewish, wildly creative, and sold most of his wonderful stories to pulp magazines. They are wonderful.Now his estate and his friends have brought together a definitive collection of his finest work, each story introduced by an SF luminary: writers like Ursula K. Le Guin, William Gibson, Poul Anderson, Gene Wolfe, Guy Davenport, Peter S. Beagle, Gregory Benford, Thomas M. Disch, and dozens of others. This is a volume every lover of fantasy will need to own.

Geography and Plays


Gertrude Stein - 1999
    Wide range of the author's styles reveal Stein as philosopher, poet, portraitist, dramatist and short story writer, as the investigator of the nature of language, and much more. Superb sampling of works drew attention to the artistic avant-garde movements of the early 20th century and introduced new directions in experimental writing.

Roald Dahl Omnibus: The Witches / Esio Trot / The Twits / The Giraffe the Pelly and Me


Roald Dahl - 1999
    - The Witches- Esio Trot- The Twits- The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

Antarctica


Claire Keegan - 1999
    "Love in the Tall Grass" takes Cordelia down a coastal road on the last day of the twentieth century to keep a date with her lover that has been nine years in the waiting. "Stay Close to the Water's Edge" tells of a young Harvard student who is pitilessly humiliated by his homophobic stepfather on his birthday. Keegan's writing has a clear vision of unaffected truths and boldly explores a world where dreams, memory, and chance have crippling consequences for those involved. The stories are often dark and enveloped in a palpable atmosphere, and the reader feels that something "big" is going on in each of these carefully sculpted tales. The award-winning Antarctica, a Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2001, and recipient of the prestigious Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the William Trevor Prize, and the Martin Healy Award, is a haunting debut. "These stories are diamonds." -- Emily Robichaud, Esquire "That Keegan has a knack for storytelling is proved many times over...." -- Caitlin Macy, The New York Times Book Review "[These] stories ... show Keegan to be an authentic talent with a gimlet eye and a distinctive voice." -- Amanda Heller, The Boston Globe "Reading these stories is like coming upon work of Ann Beattie or Raymond Carver at the start of their careers." -- Jerry Griswold, Los Angeles Times

Bliss & Other Stories


Katherine Mansfield - 1999
    Reginald Peacock's day --Sun and moon --Feuille d'album --A dill pickle --The little governess --Revelations --The escape.

The Sharks of Lake Nicaragua: True Tales of Adventure, Travel, and Fishing


Randy Wayne White - 1999
    He studies antiterrorist driving techniques, dives for golf balls in a pond at a country club, hunts his fellow man with a paint gun, ice fishes for walleye with X-ray-stunned nightcrawlers, and poaches Panamanian crocodiles or goes pig shooting in the Australian outback. With self-effacing optimism, White captures the joys and fears of wandering the earth's surface with an eclectic cast of weirdo fellow travelers a frog that won't jump, a group of expatriate Brits who've developed an interesting cure for road jaundice, and even a mad Australian scientist. Though he rarely finds what he's looking for such as the legendary landlocked bull sharks of Nicaragua, or the secret to successful winter fishing on a Minnesota lake he develops a Zenlike passion for the means and a rare ability to revel in the rib-aching humor of each exotic trip. In the end, White leaves the reader mesmerized by the potential of undiscovered places and the promise of endless adventure in unfamiliar territory, from Florida to Bangkok to Borneo, and everywhere in between. An icon to the new breed of thick-skinned, high-endurance adventure travelers of the 1990s, Randy White uniquely extols the pleasures of being alone and on the move.

My People's Waltz


Dale Ray Phillips - 1999
    Seen through the eyes of Richard, Phillips's winning and irrepressible narrator, these stories take us throughout the deep South -- from North Carolina to Arkansas to the Texas Gulf Coast and then back again -- as we witness Richard's chaotic childhood, his restless youth, and his troublesome attempts to create a family life of his own. At once sad and jubilant, filled with the language of living, these award-winning stories mark the debut of a significant new talent.

The Rose Garden


Maeve Brennan - 1999
    -Linda Barrett Osborne, New York Times Book ReviewSo good that I kept putting the book down to savor a description or perfect phrase, to hug myself with malicious joy, and to put off the evil hour when the stories would be done. -Katherine A. Powers, Boston Sunday GlobeWhen The Springs of Affection was published in 1997, the poet Eamon Grennan called it a classic, a book that placed Maeve Brennan among the best Irish short-story writers since Joyce. The Rose Garden gathers the rest of her short fiction, some of it set in her native Dublin but most of it in and around her adopted Manhattan. The riches here are many, but the collection's centerpiece is a suite of satirical scenes from suburban life, stories a little meaner than Cheever's, and wittier than Updike's (Los Angeles Times Book Review).

Redbirds: Memories from the South (Panther)


Rick Bragg - 1999
    A vivid account of growing up as "poor white trash" in the race-torn rural South of the 1960s, with an alcoholic and largely absent father, an extraordinarily strong mother and a younger brother drawn into a cycle of poverty and crime.

Uncle Remus: the Complete Tales


Julius Lester - 1999
    In this four-book series, Julius Lester masterfully retains the flavor of the tales, while dropping the heavy dialect of the Harris originals and adding contemporary language and references-- ensuring that the stories will be understood and enjoyed by new generations of readers. And, of course, the stories are beautifully illuminated by the slyly humorous full-color and black-and-white art of Jerry Pinkney. The result is a treasure of a volume that will delight all ages and belongs on every shelf.

Wearing Dad's Head


Barry Yourgrau - 1999
    Brief dreamlike sketches deal with a safari in the suburbs, a mother struck by lightning, a cow wearing lingerie, and a visit from dead parents.

Runcible Tales


Neal Asher - 1999
    Content:Always with You • [Polity Universe] • (1996) Blue Holes • [Polity Universe]Dragon in the Flower • [Polity Universe] • (1994)Neal AsherThe Gire & the Bibrat • [Polity Universe] • Walking John & Bird • [Polity Universe] •

Frightful Fairytales


Dame Darcy - 1999
    Each skillfully crafted tale is adorned with the Dame’s elaborate trademark illustrations, drawn in Victorian fashion, making this collection seem authentically from another—more poisonous—era. Detailed with alluring beauty, elegant imagination, and wicked humor, FRIGHTFUL FAIRYTALES unleashes ghastly mortals from the dark closet into your subconscious. But don’t worry, it’s all happily ever after in the end, just like a fairytale should be—you just might want to sleep with the light on. Dame Darcy’s comic book, Meat Cake, has a fan base of over 10,000 loyal devotees.

Great Novels and Short Stories of E. M. Forster


E.M. Forster - 1999
    M. Forster. With an introduction by Louis Auchincloss, these three classic novels are accompanied here by The Longest Journey and the short stories from his admired first collection, The Celestial Omnibus.

Beast of the Heartland and Other Stories


Lucius Shepard - 1999
    Fascinated by deception and decay, and generally labeled a cyberpunk writer, his work transcends the limits of genre fiction. Beast of the Heartland contains seven tales that explore the darkside where science fiction meets horror. Headed by the award-winning "Barnacle Bill the Spacer," a story of high-space mutiny, the book includes "A Little Night Music," a gothic tale of insanity; "All the Perfumes of Araby," where an adventurer in the Middle East links up with an ancient entity; "Human History," a postapocalyptic chiller; "Sports in America," a noir tale in the Chandler tradition; "The Sun Spider," a mini space opera; and the title story -- an ingenious picture of a battered boxer on the decline.

The Workshop: Seven Decades of the Iowa Writers Workshop - 43 Stories, Recollections, & Essays on Iowa's Place in Twentieth-Century American Literature


Tom Grimes - 1999
    It also includes original essays on both the writing life and trends in 20th century American Literature that were shaped by the growth of the Iowa program and the programs that followed.

The Blood-Stained Pavement: A Short Story


Agatha Christie - 1999
    She was painting a picture of the front of the inn, including details of wet bathing suits drying on the balcony of Denis and Margery Dacre, when she realised she had included blood stains on the pavement. A few days later Margery is found dead, having drowned, and the Club are called to solve the mystery.

For the Relief of Unbearable Urges


Nathan Englander - 1999
    In Englander's amazingly taut and ambitious "The Twenty-seventh Man," a clerical error lands earnest, unpublished Pinchas Pelovits in prison with twenty-six writers slated for execution at Stalin's command, and in the grip of torture Pinchas composes a mini-masterpiece, which he recites in one glorious moment before author and audience are simultaneously annihilated. In "The Gilgul of Park Avenue," a Protestant has a religious awakening in the back of a New York taxi. In the collection's hilarious title story, a Hasidic man incensed by his wife's interminable menstrual cycle gets a dispensation from his rabbi to see a prostitute. The stories in For the Relief of Unbearable Urges are powerfully inventive and often haunting, steeped in the weight of Jewish history and in the customs of Orthodox life. But it is in the largeness of their spirit-- a spirit that finds in doubt a doorway to faith, that sees in despair a chance for the heart to deepen--and in the wisdom that so prodigiously transcends the author's twenty-eight years, that these stories are truly remarkable. Nathan Englander envisions a group of Polish Jews herded toward a train bound for Auschwitz and in a deft imaginative twist turns them into acrobats tumbling out of harm's way; he takes an elderly wigmaker and makes her, for a single moment, beautiful. Again and again, Englander does what feels impossible: he finds, wherever he looks, a province beyond death's dominion.For the Relief of Unbearable Urges is a work of stunning authority and imagination--a book that is as wondrous and joyful as it is wrenchingly sad, and that heralds the arrival of a profoundly gifted new storyteller.

Chicken Soup for the Soul the Gift of Christmas: A Special Collection of Joyful Holiday Stories


Jack Canfield - 1999
    A great holiday gift."Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Gift of Christmas" will delight readers with its stories about the joy, wonder, and blessings of the holiday season. This special collection is filled with joyful, heartwarming and merry stories about holiday traditions, family, and goodwill that the whole family will enjoy. Most of these stories originally appeared in a limited edition book called "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tales of Christmas."

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Twelfth Annual Collection


Ellen Datlow - 1999
    S. ByattCharles de LintKaren Joy FowlerNeil GaimanLisa GoldsteinStephen KingEllen KushnerPatricia A. McKillipSteven MillhauserMichael Marshall SmithPeter StraubJane YolenFor more than a decade, readers have looked to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to showcase the highest achievements of fantastic fiction. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling continue their critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition with another stunning collection of stories. The fiction and poetry here is culled from an exhaustive survey of the field, nearly four dozen stories ranging from fairy tales to gothic horror, from magical realism to dark tales in the Grand Guignol style. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantastic fiction, and a long list of Honorable Mentions, making this volume a valubale reference source as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror

White and Other Tales of Ruin


Tim Lebbon - 1999
    From the all-powerful natural horrors of The First Law, to the man-made terrors of The Origin of Truth, this collection explores existence at the very edge of survival ... for humankind itself. The British Fantasy Award-winning White gives an ambiguous vision of a frozen hell-on-earth, while the new novella Hell locates it even nearer to our hearts. From Bad Flesh tells of diseased flesh, while the brand new Mannequin Man and the Plastic Bitch contains many maladies of the mind, most of them considered normal in the sick world it inhabits...Contents:* White* From Bad Flesh* Hell (original)* The First Law* The Origin of Truth* Mannequin Man and the Plastic Bitch (original)

White Snake and Other Stories


Geling Yan - 1999
    First collection published in English by major, multiple award-winning Chinese writer Yan Geling.

Blood and Smoke


Stephen King - 1999
    He has guided us through the depths of our imagination to places we never would have ventured alone. Now, in Blood and Smoke, he takes us inside a world of yearning and paranoia, isolation and addiction. It is the world of the smoker.In this audio-only collection, the now politically incorrect habit plays a key role in the fates of three different men in three unabridged stories of unfiltered suspense.In, "Lunch at the Gotham Cafe," Steve Davis is suffering through intense withdrawal -- from both nicotine and his wife. His desperation for a cigarette and for his ex are almost too much to bear, but that's nothing compared to the horrors that await him at a trendy Manhattan restaurant.In, "1408," Mike Enslin, bestselling author of true ghost stories, decides to spend the night in New York City's most haunted hotel room. But he must live to write about it without the help of his ex best-friends, his trusty smokes.And in, "In the Deathroom," a man named Fletcher is held captive in a South American stronghold. His captors will use any tortuous means necessary to extract the information they want from him. His only hope lies with his last request -- one last cigarette, please.A cartonfull of chills and thrills, Blood and Smoke is classic Stephen King. The most mesmerizing storyteller of our time is at his inventive and compelling best.Read by the AuthorAlthough, Blood and Smoke has only been published as an audiobook, the stories themselves can be found in Stephen King's publication of, "Everything's Eventual."4 Audio CDs / 3 Hours 30 mins (Approx)~

In September, the Light Changes


Andrew Holleran - 1999
    His subsequent works, from Nights in Aruba and The Beauty of Men to the essays in Ground Zero, established Holleran as the preeminent voice in the contemporary gay literary canon. His fiction has earned comparisons to that of Guy de Maupassant, Somerset Maugham, and E Scott Fitzgerald, and now Holleran returns with a collection of sixteen powerful short stories. Exploring the lives and times of those who have lived past the exuberance of youth, these tales make for a moving journey across landscapes of regret and loss, shame and pride, loneliness and love. With a surprising yet sensitive comic touch, Andrew Holleran has written his most mature work to date -- a poignant, polished collection.

The American Short Story: A Collection of the Best Known and Most Memorable Short Stories by the Great American Authors


Thomas K. Parkes - 1999
    From Washington Irving to Joyce Carol Oates, our nation's best writers are showcased at the top of their form.Selections from America's first great quartet of fiction writers--Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe and Herman Melville--open this extraordinary volume and reflect the birth of a distinctly American literature. The short story form blossomed during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, giving rise to superb works of realism, naturalism, and regionalism. "The American Short Story" explores these traditions fully, with a wonderful sampling of writings from Ambrose Bierce, Edward Everett Hale, Mark Twain, Bret Harte, Sarah Orne Jewett, Joel Chandler Harris, Frank Norris, Stephen Crane, Theodore Drieser, Henry James, Edith Wharton and many others. Stories like F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Babylon Revisited" and Ernest Hemingway's "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" capture the brilliance of "The Lost Generation" writers; the rich tradition of Southern storytelling come to life in works by William Faulkner, Katherine Anne Porter, Eudora Welty, Thomas Wolfe, and Flannery O'Connor; and, in works ranging from the sentimental to the satirical, the hard-hitting to the hilarious, writers like Saul Bellow, James Baldwin, John Updike, and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. illuminate the experiences of America's extraordinarily diverse population.

Miss Muriel and Other Stories


Ann Petry - 1999
    Set mainly along the East Coast, these realistic tales are, as one reviewer said, "a rare pleasure" (Belles Lettres) to read, as powerful today as they were when they were first published in 1971.

Other Stories and other stories


Ali Smith - 1999
    In examining the distances and connections between ourselves and others, and lightly and expertly inching us closer to the bone, storytelling itself has never seemed so necessary, so moving or so joyous.'Beautifully written and quietly unsettling' Big Issue'Bold and sensitive. Smith's prose is a joy' Independent'A wonderful collection; deceptively easy on one level with its whirling library of ghost story, funny story, love story, scary story, and more. Like Russian dolls, separate yet invisibly linked, they unfold from and into one another' Herald'Smith breathes life into her imagined words with a true understanding of the craft of the short-story writer. She dances surely and lightly over the form' Guardian'Captures quiet epiphanies of the extraordinary in the mundane' Sunday Times'These stories fizz with life' The Times Literary Supplement

The Classic Treasury Of Aesop's Fables


Don Daily - 1999
    Accompanied by beautiful, full-color illustrations from award-winning artist Don Daily, this volume highlights such fables as "The Goose Who Laid the Golden Eggs," "The Mouse and the Frog," and the one and only "The Tortoise and the Hare."

Stealing Magic


Tanya Huff - 1999
    Two complete collections of Tanya Huff_s comical short stories featuring Magdelene (the world's most powerful and laziest wizard) and Terazin (a top-notch thief).

A Russell Hoban Omnibus


Russell Hoban - 1999
    Hoban's novels: the haunting Lion of Boaz-Jachin, the popular Turtle Diary (made into a movie startting Glenda Jackson and Ben Kingsley), Pilgermann, and his newest work, the sharp and witty Mr. Rinyo-Clacton's Offer, published here for the first time in North America. In addition, the collection includes samples from Mr. Hoban's short stories, essays, and poetry. Finally, for true Hoban aficionados, there is part of an unfinished sequel to the adult children's classic The Mouse and His Child, featuring the further adventures of Manny Rat.

Little Bear's Dragon and Other Stories


Jane Hissey - 1999
    In Little Bear and the Jolly Dragon, the toys come across a fearsome dragon sleeping in a den under the chair wearing Little Bear's trousers! Could it have really eaten Little Bear? Or perhaps this little dragon isn't quite as fierce as it seems.

A Man Jumps Out of an Airplane


Barry Yourgrau - 1999
    Here are dreamscapes compressed into razor-sharp prose, where a twelve inch girl lolls in her date's spaghetti, where a warrior steps out of the Iliadas an intruder in a backyard swimming pool, where a man climbs inside a cow on a bet.Hilarious, subversive, and uniquely entertaining, Yourgrau treats readers to a circus of surreal, impish beauty, poignant flashes of tragedy, and a headstand of everyday reality.

In the Land of Men


Antonya Nelson - 1999
    Here we meet Roxanne, the tomboy who consistently chooses men who are not her equal; the loving Marta, whose husband keeps a separate house where he retreats when married life overwhelms him; and Bebe, a married mother of two teenagers who leaves it all behind when her lover comes on a motorcycle to claim her. With painfully keen perception, Nelson creates stories that linger in the mind long after they are read, and which create a unique view of relations between the sexes in the small towns and big cities of America.

I Am Papa Snap and These Are My Favorite No Such Stories


Tomi Ungerer - 1999
    and Mrs. Kaboodle, Bunny Buson Brittle, and the four Tremblance brothers--Fester, Fister, Faster, and Foster.

The World Of Peter Rabbit & Friends Complete Story Collection


Beatrix Potter - 1999
    Five famous Peter Rabbit stories are accompanied by enchanting artwork from award-winning illustrator Charles Santore. Kids and adults will cherish the classic tales of Peter Rabbit, Mr. Jeremy Fisher, Benjamin Bunny, Two Bad Mice, and the Flopsy Bunnies.

Circling the Drain


Amanda Davis - 1999
    With a visceral bite or a surreal edge, each electrically charged story in Circling the Drain presents women trying to understand the nature of loss--of leaving or being left--and discovering that in the throes of feverish conflict, things are rarely what they seem. By turns dark and lyrical, ferocious and playful, these stories are precise, startling, and undeniably original. Reading them is a cathartic, mesmerizing literary experience.

When We Were Wolves: Stories


Jon Billman - 1999
    Or they would have named it for you, a permanent mark, just for being here."From a new talent that Annie Proulx has called an "important emerging writer" comes a surprising and expansive collection of stories, steeped in the lore of the frontier but unmistakably fresh and of our time.         When We Were Wolves roams over a West we never knew existed--colonized by rogues and tricksters, Custer impersonators, firefighters with a weakness for arson, and the other rootless folk who come to rest under the vast and forgiving desert sky. Jon Billman writes about accidental lives: people who are trapped in unsuitable marriages, impossible situations, but who handle them with the odd grace of those who are determined to live by their own strange code. He mingles the skewed humor of David Sedaris with the loping, rough-edged appeal of Tom McGuane. This is a beguiling new entry on the map of American fiction.

Really, Really, Really, Really Weird Stories


John Shirley - 1999
    The book incorporates some of Shirley's classic stories along with some revised and hard to find material and is highlighted by nine never before published works. A must have for the Shirley reader or collector. Includes art work by Alan M. Clark.Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.

Divided by Infinity


Robert Charles Wilson - 1999
    Contemplated it seriously, I mean: six times sat with the fat bottle of Clonazepam within reaching distance, six times failed to reach for it, betrayed by some instinct for life or disgusted by my own weakness.Hugo Nomination for Best Novelette 1999.

The Adventures of Bertie and Jeeves, Volume I


P.G. Wodehouse - 1999
    Wodehouse in Volume I: JEEVES TAKES CHARGE This is the story which launched the famous Jeeves series. And what a story! Florence gets Bertie to steal his uncle's manuscript before it can be sent to the publisher and embarrass the family. But things go wrong from the beginning.THE METROPOLITAN TOUCH Bertie's pal, Bingo, in a bitter competition with a local curate for the attention of a girl, tries to stage a Christmas play in a small village...a play adapted from a racy London musical. The villagers place wagers on the outcome of the romantic rivalry and the play comes to a less than satisfactory conclusion in spite of everything Jeeves and Bertie can do.FIXING IT FOR FREDDY Bertie takes Freddy to the beach to distract his pal from a female relationship gone sour. Suddenly, the girl shows up. Bertie's harebrained reconciliation scheme turns out to be disastrous for both he and Freddy. Jeeves comes up with a solution. THE ORDEAL OF YOUNG TUPPIE Tuppie enters a local rugby game to impress a girl. But this is no ordinary game, and the two teams have more in mind than simply winning. Bertie tries to extricate his friend...too late.ABOUT THE AUTHOR:PELHAM GRENVILLE WODEHOUSE, (1881 - 1975), a native of Guildford, England, was probably the greatest writer of comedy in the twentieth century. With each passing year, his work continues to grow in popularity. Jeeves, the respectful but capable valet, and feather brained Bertie Wooster are his two most famous creations. Wodehouse was a prolific author, and he also wrote plays and lyrics for musical comedies. His stories are generally characterized by intricate plots dealing with human foibles and complex, romantic entanglements. They usually end with an absurd anticlimax. It is a delightful world he has created.VOICEOVER TALENT: CHARLTON GRIFFIN is one of the great readers of our time. His classical theatre training combined with his wonderful, incisive interpretations of great literature make him a unique talent. Mr.Griffin's vocal performance is vibrant, soothing, compelling, and hypnotic.

The Portent and Other Stories


George MacDonald - 1999
    Perhaps her new studies filled her mind with the clear, gladsome morning light of the pure intellect, which always throws doubt and distrust and a kind of negation upon the moonlight of passion, mysterious, and mingled ever with faint shadows of pain. I walked as in an unresting sleep. Utterly as I loved her, I was yet alarmed and distressed to find how entirely my being had grown dependent upon her love; how little of individual, self-existing, self-upholding life, I seemed to have left; how little I cared for anything, save as I could associate it with her.

Jamaica Inn / The Birds and Other Stories


Daphne du Maurier - 1999
    Contains the stories:Jamaica InnThe BirdsMonte VeritàThe Apple TreeThe Little PhotographerKiss Me Again, StrangerThe Old Man

Sherlock Holmes / Tom Brown's Schooldays / The Call of the Wild


Arthur Conan Doyle - 1999
    Includes 6 great Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyal, Call of the wild by Jack London and Tom Brown's Schooldays by Thomas Hughes.Sherlock Holmes InvestigatesTom Brown's schooldaysCall of the wild

Pack of Cards


Penelope Lively - 1999
    Whether she writes about a widow on a visit to Russia, a small boy's consignment to boarding school, or an agoraphobic housewife, Penelope Lively takes the reader past the closed curtains, through the locked door, into a world that seems at first mundane and then at second glance, proves to be uniquely memorable.

Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul Letters - Letters of Life, Love and Learning


Jack Canfield - 1999
    Some letters will make readers laugh and others will make them cry; but all the letters reveal that teens share similar outlooks, experiences and feelings. Teens have been writing letters in response to the teenage "Chicken Soup" books since the birth of the series in 1997. These letters represent reactions to a wide array of issues and events, all of interest to teens, whose consistently enthusiastic response to the series indicates an ongoing interest. Letters from contributors to previous volumes, along with letters from the organizations that support teens, provide a nice complement to this collection."Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul Letters," with its candor and compassion, is sure to be the next great success in this blockbuster series.

The Crawling Abattoir: Expanded Edition


Martin Mundt - 1999
    He was on his way to his Suzuki-method theremin lesson when he disappeared, ominously on a Thursday the 12th, his personal unlucky day. Two weeks later, stories began to appear: "Maniac Worm" written in the medium of expiring life, thousands of drying earthworms pinned to sheets of cardboard to make squirming vermiform letters; "The Worst Clown in the World" contained in a bucketful of multicolored confetti, a single word written in teeny-tiny letters on each individual piece of confet; "Nightfighter" written in microscopic script on the insides of a pair of red-eyed contact lenses, which were then sutured directly onto the eyes of an eccentric English author, who now performs raving soliloquies of dragons & Nazis day & night, tho in a very charming, if slightly deranged, BBC accent; "Kevin Bacon Killled My Girlfriend" tattooed onto the shaved unconscious heads of the contestants in a Pamela Anderson Celebrity Lookalike Pageant. & two stories published in Twilight Tales anthologies. Each story ended with three horrifying words, three Mephistophelean words written in fake magician's blood (Mundt is, after all, not crazy), three hideous horrific, leprous, nauseating words: MORE TO COME. Think of those words the next time you walk thru the portals of your house of worship, or as you watch the sunrise some beautiful summer morning & imagine that all is right with the world, & that it really is a very fine thing to be alive. MORE TO COME. Then shudder & think to yourself, "Why can't this Mundt guy just drink beer & watch ESPN like a normal person?" & remember, MORE TO COME.

Sara Paretsky: Windy City Blues & Tunnel Vision


Sara Paretsky - 1999
    In Tunnel Vision, V.I. Warshawski embarks on another crime-solving adventure involving a homeless advocate group headed by her old college flame. Windy City Blues is a collection of five short stories that includes Grace Notes.

Through the Eye of the Deer: An Anthology of Native American Women Writers


Carolyn Dunn - 1999
    From early legends to present-day fiction and poetry, this tradition emphasizes women's spiritual connection to the natural world and their contributions to tribal and familial community. Central to women's strength is the role of animal figures-Coyote, Owl, Beaver and Bear-who act as guides, helpers, and personal totems, appearing unexpectedly in the modern urban landscape as well as being a constant presence in nature.The work of more than forty authors appears in this volume, representing tribes and regions extending over most of the U.S. and parts of Canada. Among the authors included are Louise Erdrich, Joy Harjo, Leslie Marmon Silko, Paula Gunn Allen, Linda Hogan and Beth Brant, along with writers whose work appears here for the first time.

Feels Like Far: A Rancher's Life on the Great Plains


Linda M. Hasselstrom - 1999
    Sixteen linked stories tell of the joy of training a first horse, the heartbreak of finding a fatally injured cow, the beauty of cavorting nighthawks, the stubbornness of her father, a rigid old rancher who bucks at old age, the deep, almost spiritual bond she shares with a friend who is diagnosed with AIDS.“In deliciously direct and unsentimental style” (Kathleen Norris), Hasselstrom maps the landscape of her life, demarcating the same beauties and brutalities that intermingle on the Great Plains she calls home.

The Essential Dylan Thomas


Dylan Thomas - 1999
    Cd's 1 & 2: Historial Recordings-the legendary recording of Under Milk Wood, with Richard Burton and and cast. Also, two radio productions he wrote before that great classic, and poems and stories read by Thomas. Cd's 3 & 4: New Recordings-selected poems including Fern Hill, Do Not Go Gentle, Poem in October. Also, selected stories including The Outing, Peaches, Visit to Grandpa, The Fight and Death Shall Have No Dominion.

The Acorn Stories


Duane Simolke - 1999
    Meet dedicated teachers, unusual artists, shrewd business owners, closeted gays, and concerned neighbors. See how lives become intertwined in moments of humor or tragedy. Just be careful, because in Acorn, the sky is always falling! From romantic comedy to razor-sharp satire to moments of quiet reflection, Duane Simolke's award-winning tales transform a fictional West Texas town into a tapestry of human experiences."A well-crafted collection of short stories."--L. L. Lee, author of "Taxing Tallula""It was a real pleasure to read about the fictional town of Acorn, Texas, and get to meet all the different and varied people that Mr. Simolke so eloquently fleshed out."--Mark Kendrick, author of "Desert Sons"

Stirrings Still (Beckett Short)


Samuel Beckett - 1999
    It portrays, in Beckett's spare style, a "consciousness" exploring a "self," faced with uncertainties about its own existence. Stirring Still is a spellbinding work, full of a sense of farewell.

Willa Cather: Novels and Stories 1905-1918


Willa Cather - 1999
    6 x 9.

The American Short Story and Its Writer: An Anthology


Ann Charters - 1999
    This groundbreaking anthology is the first to offer a truly inclusive survey of the American short story along with a unique array of major critical statements and commentaries by the writers themselves.