She

She

H. Rider Haggard

A first-person narrative that follows the journey of Horace Holly and his ward Leo Vincey to a lost kingdom in the African interior. There they encounter a primitive race of natives and a mysterious white queen named Ayesha who reigns as the all-powerful “She”, or “She-who-must-be-obeyed”.

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The Best Psychic Stories

The Best Psychic Stories

Various

A collection of fictional stories (and maybe one non-fiction spiritual account) with a paranormal slant. Includes; When the World Was Young by Jack London; The Return by Algernon Blackwood; The Second Generation by Algernon Blackwood; Joseph—A Story by Katherine Rickford; The Clavecin—Bruges by George Wharton Edwards; Ligeia by Edgar Allan Poe; The Sylph and the Father by Elsa Barker; A Ghost by Lafcadio…

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Melmoth the Wanderer

Melmoth the Wanderer

Charles Robert Maturin

Composed of a series of nested stories-within-stories, Melmoth the Wanderer tells the story of a scholar who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for 150 extra years of life, and then searches the world for someone who will take over the pact for him.

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Beric the Briton: A Story of the Roman Invasion

Beric the Briton: A Story of the Roman Invasion

G. A. Henty

Beric the Briton: A Story of the Roman Invasion, by G.A. Henty, tells the story of Beric, the young Briton chieftan. Beric and his fellow tribesmen bristle under Roman rule during the reign of the tyrant emperor Nero. When Boadicea, queen of a powerful tribe of Britons, is disgraced by the Roman authorities, the Britons join together in rebellion, but can the Britons overcome their powerful Roman masters?

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The Last Days of Pompeii

The Last Days of Pompeii

Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Inspired by the painting The Last Day of Pompeii by the Russian painter Karl Briullov, this book contrasts the decadent culture of 1st-century Rome with both older cultures and coming trends, and culminates in the cataclysmic destruction of the city of Pompeii by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.

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The Gadfly

The Gadfly

Ethel Voynich

Set in 1840s Italy, which at the time was under the dominance of Austria, The Gadfly centres on the life of the protagonist, Arthur Burton, a member of the Youth movement, and his antagonist Padre Montanelli. Arthur becomes a journalist, expounding radical ideas in brilliant satirical tracts published under the pseudonym “the gadfly”. The local authorities are soon dedicated to capturing him…

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Armageddon 2419 A.D.

Armageddon 2419 A.D.

Philip Francis Nowlan

Armageddon 2419 A.D. features the introduction of Anthony ‘Buck’ Rogers, the famous sci-fi adventure hero of early comics, radio, and tv shows. Originally published in Amazing Stories in 1928, this novella was later combined with Nowlan’s sequel, The Airlords of Han, and re-published under this same title in the 1960s. In Armageddon 2419 A.D., we follow Buck Rogers and his mysterious transportation to far-future…

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The Princess and the Goblin

The Princess and the Goblin

George MacDonald

A children’s fantasy novel that tells the story of 8 year old Princess Irene. She lives a lonely life in a castle in a mountainous kingdom, with only her nursemaid for company. Her father, the king, is normally absent, and her mother is dead. Unknown to her, the nearby mines are inhabited by a race of goblins, long banished from the kingdom and now anxious to take revenge on their human neighbours.

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A Voyage to Arcturus

A Voyage to Arcturus

David Lindsay

A Voyage to Arcturus is set at Tormance, an imaginary planet orbiting Arcturus, which, in the novel, is a double star system, consisting of stars Branchspell and Alppain. The lands through which the characters travel represent philosophical systems or states of mind, through which the main character, Maskull, passes on his search for the meaning of life.

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The Moon Pool

The Moon Pool

Abraham Merritt

Within the earth’s core, lives an advanced race who have created an offspring. This offspring (the Dweller) gradually turns from good to evil, and at times will rise to the surface of the earth to capture men and women. Scientist Dr Goodwin and pilot Larry O’Keefe follow the Dweller down and O’Keefe finds himself caught between the attentions of two beautiful women; one good, one evil.

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His Masterpiece

His Masterpiece

Emile Zola

Also translated as ‘The Work’, this is the fourteenth novel in the Rougon-Macquart series and tells of the struggles of the protagonist Claude Lantier to paint a great work reflecting his talent and genius. Depicting the bohemian art world of 19th-century Paris, the book explores the rise of Realism, Naturalism and Impressionism in painting, as well as being a fictional account of Zola’s friendship with the French artist Paul Cézanne.

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The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden tells the story of Mary Lennox, a young English girl who returns to England from India, after losing both her parents in a cholera epidemic. She is given to the care of her uncle, whom she has never met, and when she arrives at his house in Yorkshire, she is rude, stubborn, and prone to temper tantrums. However, she undergoes a transformation when she learns of the tragedies…

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Father Goriot

Father Goriot

Honore de Balzac

Part of the Scènes de la vie privée section of Honore de Balzac’s series La Comédie humaine. Set in Paris in 1819, it follows the intertwined lives of three characters: the elderly doting Goriot; a mysterious criminal-in-hiding named Vautrin; and a naive law student named Eugène de Rastignac.

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