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Narrated by Derek Jacobi and Joseph Fiennes this is one of the most famous ancient sagas ever told, Beowulf tells the tale of a young Danish warrior called Beowulf who goes to the aid of King Hroðgar and his people, who are attacked by a half-man half-monster named Grendel.

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Frank R Stockton

1834 – 1902 ◊ The Lady or The Tiger?

. . . performed by Toyah Wilcox & Robert Fripp. Artwork by Nicholas Roerich.

In the very olden time, there lived a semibarbaric king, whose ideas, though somewhat polished and sharpened by the progressiveness of distant Latin neighbours, were still large […]

Saki [H.H. Munro]

→← 1870 – 1916 ¤ The Open Window

The Open Window is a short story about Frampton Nuttel. Mr. Nuttel heads out to the countryside to calm his nervous condition, he takes along with him a handful of introduction letters his sister had given him. Mr. Nuttel visits the home of Mrs. Sappleton […]

H.P. Lovecraft

1890 – 1937 ¤ The Call of Cthulhu.

A short animation adaptation of Lovecraft’s story

◊ Call of Cthulhu _ HP Lovecraft – Audio Book

Of such great powers or beings there may be conceivably a survival… a survival of a hugely remote period when… consciousness was manifested, perhaps, […]

Edgar Allan Poe

[1809 – 1849]→bio

• Anthology: ⇒⇐[read]

♥ The Tell-tale Heart

A wonderful animated short film of 1953 based on Edgar Allan Poe short-story. The story told by a mad man has a dark visual with a perfect work of narration by James Mason. It is a UPA Production and […]

Rudyard Kipling

[1865 – 1936]

⇒[read]⇐ «The Jungle Book» ⇒[listen]⇐ ⇓ Disney’s Jungle Book _ 1967 [clip]

• ‘I Wanna Be Like You’

Now I’m the king of the swingers – Oh, the jungle VIP I’ve reached the top and had to stop and that’s what botherin’ me I wanna be a man, mancub, […]

Robert Louis Stevenson

1850 – 1894 ¤ The Beach of Falesá The story is told in the first person by John Wiltshire, a British copra trader on the fictional South Sea island of Falesá. Upon arriving on the island, he meets a rival trader named Case, who (in an apparently friendly gesture) arranges for him to be «married» […]

Joseph Conrad


A Polish-born English novelist, master in the formats of long short story and novella, a form of story longer than conventional short story but shorter than a novel. Some of Conrad’s most acclaimed works have been written in these formats, most notably Heart of Darkness.

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‘Bartleby, the scrivener’

Herman Melville [1819 – 1891]

Fancy reading this sad Tale of Wall Street?⇒ → ⇒

Bartleby, an enigmatic man who calmly refuses to carry out his duties…



G.K. Chesterton + M R James

•→ G.K. Chesterton in Sight & Sound ← [1874 – 1936]

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¤ The Oracle of the Dog →

[included in Gerald Durrell‘s 1990 anthology «Best Dog Stories«]→

The Oracle of the Dog story is what is known as a locked-room puzzle. A murder is […]

Dandy: A Story of a Dog

W. H. Hudson [1841 – 1922]

♦ Read this story comprising Gerald Durrell‘s 1990 edition «Best Dog Stories«

He was of mixed breed, and was supposed to have a strain of Dandy Dinmont blood which gave him his name. A big ungainly animal with a rough shaggy coat of blue-grey […]

Jack London

(1876 – 1916)→←

¤ Call of the Wild →

Buck, a physically impressive dog, is living the good life in California when he gets stolen and put into dog slavery. For him, this means pulling a ridiculously heavy sled through miles and miles of frozen ice with little […]

Humorous Realism . . .

O Henry + Ambrose Bierce + Mark Twain ¤ O Henry [1862 – 1910]

William Sydney Porter, a.k.a. O. Henry, wrote mostly about ordinary people going about the daily adventure of living. Not infrequently, his stories involve coincidences or unexpected twists that result in surprise endings like that in “The Gift of the […]

Dracula [B Stoker]

[1847 – 1912]

• Click pic for Bram Stoker‘s book →

•→ Listen ←

Originally released in 1922 as Nosferatu, Eine Symphonie Des Grauens, director F.W. Murnau‘s chilling and eerie adaption of Stoker’s Dracula is a silent masterpiece of terror which to this day is the most striking and frightening portrayal […]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


♦ ◊ ♦ ◊ Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of Four ↓

At the outset of the novel Doctor Watson states that he has been watching Holmes takes cocaine three times a day for many months. Watson’s reluctance to oppose Holmes is finally overcome and he confronts his friend […]

Two American classics: Irving + Thoreau

Washington Irving [1783 – 1859] ¤ Rip van Winkle

This Washington Irving short-story, published in 1819, is about a man (Rip Van Winkle) who escapes from his wife’s complaining and nagging by going off into the mountains. While wandering about he meets a strange man carrying a cask of liquor who leads […]


◊ This site offers lots of short stories by Charles Dickens ↓ →

Full Name: Charles John Huffam Dickens (early alias: Boz) Date of Birth: Friday, February 7, 1812 Place of Birth: No. 1 Mile End Terrace, Landport, Portsmouth England

Parents: Father-John Dickens (1785-1851); Mother-Elizabeth Dickens (1789-1863) Education: Approx. one year […]


Mary Shelley [1797 – 1851]

•→ Listen [dramatic reading] / •→ Read← / PLOT ↓

◊ «Frankenstein» ↓ excerpt from Chapter 5

IT WAS on a dreary night of November that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils. With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, […]


The Tragedy of Macbeth

Considered by many historians as the last of the Gaelic kings of Scotland, MacBeth has become less of a historical figure and more a fictional character. At the hands of later chroniclers -mostly English- and ultimately by the pen of William Shakespeare, MacBeth changed into a despicable ruler, a […]

Edward Lear + Lewis Carroll

¤ Edward Lear [1812-1888] There was an Old Man with a beard, Who said, «It is just as I feared!— Two Owls and a Hen, four Larks and a Wren, Have all built their nests in my beard.»


∇ «The Duck and the Kangaroo» […]