• Death Defeated: Or, The Psychic Secret of How to Keep Young

    Death Defeated: Or, The Psychic Secret of How to Keep Young

    J. M. Peebles

    If anyone should be writing a book about how to defeat death, it would have to be this gentleman, who lived to the grand old age of 100. Alright, he never defeated death, but he gave it a really good shot. Anyway, this book covers lots of subjects, including: The ethics of flesh eating; Death too fashionable; The foods of the world’s great men; The prophet-poet, Hesiod; The poet Ovid’s vegetarianism; Atoms and the finer forces; The eloquent Chrysostum in Athens; How to…

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  • Democracy, An American Novel

    Democracy, An American Novel

    Henry Adams

    Democracy: An American Novel is a political novel written by Henry Brooks Adams and published anonymously in 1880. It is a novel about political power, its acquisition, use and abuse. It is set at the beginning of a new administration, with the election campaign just over and the new President of the United States just having been elected. However, all the characters depicted are entirely fictitious. The new president’s Christian name is Jacob, while his full name is never revealed. Dates are never mentioned either, but internal evidence (at one point a 25-year-old woman says that she was “almost an infant” during the Civil War)…

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  • Can Such Things Be?

    Can Such Things Be?

    Ambrose Bierce

    A collection of ghostly and strange short stories: The Death of Halpin Frayser; The Secret of Macarger’s Gulch; One Summer Night; The Moonlit Road; A Diagnosis of Death; Moxon’s Master; A Tough Tussle; One of Twins; The Haunted Valley; A Jug of Sirup; Staley Fleming’s Hallucination; A Resumed Identity; A Baby Tramp; The Night-Doings at “Deadman’s”; Beyond the Wall; A Psychological Shipwreck; The Middle Toe of the Right Foot; John Mortonson’s Funeral; The Realm of the Unreal; John Bartine’s Watch…

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  • The Vampyre, A Tale

    The Vampyre, A Tale

    John Polidori

    “The Vampyre” is a short work of prose fiction written in 1819 by John William Polidori. It tells the story of Aubrey, a young Englishman, who meets Lord Ruthven, a man of mysterious origins who has entered London society. Aubrey accompanies Ruthven to Rome, but leaves him after Ruthven seduces the daughter of a mutual acquaintance. Aubrey travels to Greece, where he becomes attracted to Ianthe, an innkeeper’s daughter. Ianthe tells Aubrey about the legends of the vampire.

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  • Forty-four Turkish Fairy Tales

    Forty-four Turkish Fairy Tales

    Ignácz Kúnos

    This book draws on the rich folklore of Turkey with forty-four Turkish Fairy Tales. Most of these stories are framed by the usual fairy tale apparatus. There are quests to win the hand of a princess, evil step-relations, talking animals, magical objects and transformations, simple (but brave) peasants, wizards and witches, dragons and dungeons, thousand-league journeys, and loveable…

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  • Realms of the Living Dead

    Realms of the Living Dead

    Frank Homer Curtiss and Harriette Augusta Curtiss

    Chapters include: The Reality of the Astral World; The Rivers of Life and Death; The Seven Realms; The Realm of Reflection; The Astral Double; The Awakening; Astral Helpers; The Ethereal Realm; The Vital Realm; The Desire Realm; The Eighth Sphere; The Elementals; The Fairies; The Psychic Realms; Independent Methods of Communion; The Telepathic Method; The Inspirational or Spiritual Realm; and, The Divine Realm.

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  • Religion

    Religion

    Arthur Schopenhauer

    Chapters include: Prefatory Note; Religion. A Dialogue; A Few Words On Pantheism; On Books And Reading; Physiognomy; Psychological Observations; and, The Christian System.

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  • Bulfinch's Mythology, Legends of Charlemagne

    Bulfinch’s Mythology, Legends of Charlemagne

    Thomas Bulfinch

    This is the third and last part of Bulfinch’s Mythology, the previous two being The Age of Fable, or Stories of Gods and Heroes, and The Age of Chivalry, or Legends of King Arthur. Chapters include: The Peers, Or Paladins; The Tournament; The Siege Of Albracca; Adventures Of Rinaldo And Orlando; The Invasion Of France; Bradamante And Rogero; Astolpho And The Enchantress; The Orc; Astolpho’s Adventures Continued, And Isabella’s Begun; Medoro; Orlando…

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  • Bulfinch's Mythology, The Age of Chivalry

    Bulfinch’s Mythology, The Age of Chivalry

    Thomas Bulfinch

    The Age of Chivalry, or Legends of King Arthur is the second book in Bulfinch’s Mythology, the first being The Age of Fable, or Stories of Gods and Heroes, and the third and last one being, Legends of Charlemagne, or Romance of the Middle Ages. Chapters include: The Mythical History of England; Arthur; Caradoc Briefbras; Or Caradoc With The Shrunken Arm; Sir Gawain; Launcelot Of The Lake; The Story Of Tristram Of Lyonesse; The Story Of Perceval…

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  • Bulfinch's Mythology, The Age of Fable

    Bulfinch’s Mythology, The Age of Fable

    Thomas Bulfinch

    The Age of Fable, or Stories of Gods and Heroes is the first part of Bulfinch’s Mythology, the other two being The Age of Chivalry, or Legends of King Arthur, and, Legends of Charlemagne, or Romance of the Middle Ages. Chapters include: Prometheus and Pandora; Apollo and Daphne — Pyramus and Thisbe — Cephalus and Procris; Juno and Her Rivals, Io and Callisto — Diana and Actaeon — Latona and the Rustics; Phaeton; Midas — Baucis and Philemon…

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Magick

Magic, Black and White; Charms and Counter Charms

T. Witton Davies

Magic, Black and White; Charms and Counter Charms. Divination and Demonology among the Hindus, Hebrews, Arabs and Egyptians. An Epitome of ‘Supernaturalism’ Magic, Black, White and Natural; Conjuring and Its Relation to Prophecy Including Biblical and Old Testament Terms and Words for Magic, Being the work adopted by all advanced…

Legends And Sagas

Bulfinch's Mythology, Legends of Charlemagne

Bulfinch’s Mythology, Legends of Charlemagne

Thomas Bulfinch

This is the third and last part of Bulfinch’s Mythology, the previous two being The Age of Fable, or Stories of Gods and Heroes, and The Age of Chivalry, or Legends of King Arthur. Chapters include: The Peers, Or Paladins; The Tournament; The Siege Of Albracca; Adventures Of Rinaldo And Orlando; The Invasion Of France; Bradamante And Rogero; Astolpho And The Enchantress; The Orc; Astolpho’s Adventures Continued, And Isabella’s Begun; Medoro; Orlando…

Buddhism

Shinran and His Work

Shinran and His Work

Arthur Lloyd

The Reverend Arthur Lloyd spent many years in Japan as a missionary and scholar. He extensively studied the Pure Land school of Buddhism, particularly the Shinshu sect founded by Shinran Shonen. This book centers around Lloyd’s translation of the ‘Shoshinge’ or Hymn of True Faith, followed by extended commentary on the text…

Apocrypha

The Book of Enoch the Prophet

The Book of Enoch the Prophet

Richard Laurence

The book of Enoch is one of the strangest of the books left out of the Biblical canon. Filled with goetic angels and demons, and visions of inconceivable lands beyond the sky, writers have tied Enoch into everything from archaeoastronomy, Astrology, Alchemy, the Kabbalah, and Gnosticism. Before the 1917, R. H. Charles translation of the…

Can Such Things Be?

Can Such Things Be?

Ambrose Bierce

A collection of ghostly and strange short stories: The Death of Halpin Frayser; The Secret of Macarger’s Gulch; One Summer Night; The Moonlit Road; A Diagnosis of Death; Moxon’s Master; A Tough Tussle; One of Twins; The Haunted Valley; A Jug of Sirup; Staley Fleming’s Hallucination; A Resumed Identity; A Baby Tramp; The Night-Doings at “Deadman’s”; Beyond the Wall; A Psychological Shipwreck; The Middle Toe of the Right Foot; John Mortonson’s Funeral; The Realm of the Unreal; John Bartine’s Watch…

The Inquisitor

The Inquisitor

Hugh Walpole

From the Preface: ‘The Inquisitor is the fourth of a series of stories about a cathedral town that I have called Polchester….There are in the course of them murders, suicides, abductions, riots—not that I would have Polchester supposed to be a town of violence, far otherwise, but there have been in its history, as in the history of all towns…