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A Hippo Banquet
'While engaged on this hunt I felt the earth quiver under my feet, and heard a soft big soughing sound, and looking round saw I had dropped in on a... Les mer
How We Weep and Laugh at the Same Thing
'No one characteristic clasps us purely and universally in its embrace.' A selection of charming essays from a master of the genre exploring the... Les mer
The Terrors of the Night
'...dreaming of bears, or fire, or water...' The greatest of Elizabethan pamphleteers, Nashe had a magical ability with words, never more so than in... Les mer
Of Street Piemen
'...a good bit of spice to give the critlings a flavour, and plenty of treacle to make the mince-meat look rich.' Radical Victorian reformer Henry... Les mer
Circles of Hell
'I truly thought I'd never make it back.' Ten of the most memorable and most terrifying cantos from Dante's Inferno. Introducing Little Black... Les mer
The Tinderbox
'There sat the dog with eyes as big as mill wheels.' Though criticised for their anarchic immorality when first published, Hans Christian Andersen's... Les mer
How a Ghastly Story Was Brought to Light by a Common or Garden Butcher's Dog
'The devil gave the woman a nudge: "Look at that belt full of money peeping out from under the butcher's shirt!"' Written for a local German journal... Les mer
Trimalchio's Feast
'I blush to say what happened next.' A satirical portrait of a drunken, orgiastic Roman banquet, hosted by the grossly ostentatious Trimalchio.... Les mer
Woman Much Missed
'Woman much missed, how you call to me, call to me...' After the death of his wife Emma, a grief-stricken Hardy wrote some of the best verse of his... Les mer
The Eve of St Agnes
'Hoodwink'd in faery fancy...' This volume contains a selection of Keats' greatest verse - including his gothic story in verse, 'The Eve of St... Les mer
How to Use Your Enemies
'Better mad with the crowd than sane all alone.' In these witty, Machiavellian aphorisms, unlikely Spanish priest Baltasar Gracian shows us how to... Les mer
A Cup of Sake Beneath the Cherry Trees
'It is a most wonderful comfort to sit alone beneath a lamp, book spread before you, and commune with someone from the past whom you have never... Les mer
Wailing Ghosts
'...revealing great shining fangs more than three inches long.' Some of the most macabre and wonderful of all Chinese stories, including 'The Golden... Les mer
The Saga of Gunnlaug Serpent-Tongue
'In two I'll slice the hair-seat / of Helga's kiss-gulper.' In this epic tale from the Viking Age that ranges across Scandinavia and Viking Britain,... Les mer
A Dead Man’s Memoir
This is Bulgakov's semi-autobiographical story of a writer who fails to sell his novel and fails to commit suicide. When his play is taken up by... Les mer
Medea and Other Plays
That proud, impassioned soul, so ungovernable now that she has felt the sting of injustice' "Medea", in which a spurned woman takes... Les mer