Books – Fiction
Victor is a boy who loves to play outside with his little red radio-controlled airplane which he received as a gift for his last birthday from his parents. One Saturday, he flies his little red airplane outside of his house when he decides to see how high it can fly. Although his father warned him against it, he decides to go ahead as he thinks that there is nothing that can go wrong. But, boy, was he wrong about this idea! Suddenly a large bird appears out of nowhere and zooms towards the little red airplane. In the wink of an eye, Victor’s airplane disappears from the sky. Where did it go? Would Victor ever be able to get it back again?
This little children’s picture storybook, containing 18 black-and-white illustrations (color illustrations for the e-book versions), will captivate kids from around 4 to 8 years old with its story of a boy’s radio-controlled airplane that goes missing in mid-air. With an important lesson to learn for kids, this book can be used by youngsters who are learning to read, or by parents who want to read it to their children at bedtime (or any other time).
By E. Kruger
Most of us dream of making it big someday. Unfortunately for many of those who do happen to attain celebrity status, fame comes at a price. Brigand Haze, singer, emotional wreck and all-round lost girl learns this the hard way when she accidentally discovers that she has a singing talent worth sharing. But her troubled past and unsteady frame of mind soon comes into serious conflict with the pressures of life in the spotlight, also straining her relationship with the charming Rip, a fellow singer. Can she fight off her inner demons without driving away her friends in the process? Or will she surrender to the darkness that lurks in the deepest, most unexplored corners of her mind?
Haze is a short fiction novella that can best be labeled as women’s contemporary fiction, telling the story of a lost soul who became a singer by accident. Her troubled past never ceases to haunt her, and the enormous demands of a life in the limelight causes her to have a somewhat cynical outlook on life, narrated through her own interesting brand of quirky humor, which even sprouts some self-destructing tendencies. But it is also the story of her friends who support her throughout and a love that she feels she might not be deserving of.
By H. G. Wells
After being shipwrecked somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, Edward Prendick finds himself stranded on a strange and deceivingly breathtaking South Seas island where two other people live, a doctor Moreau and his assistant. Soon Pendrick discovers the evil and sadistic doctor has been experimenting on the animal inhabitants of the island, creating bizarre proto-humans. Will Pendrick become Moreau’s next test subject?
Carnacki, The Ghost Finder contains six short stories featuring the skeptical, pompous, obnoxious and opinionated Thomas Carnacki, who is a paranormal detective bent on uncovering hoaxes of bogus hauntings and ghosts. But sometimes even the great Carnacki has to deal with truly horrific things that cannot be explained by reason…
The following classic horror short stories are included in the book:
By Anna Sewell
One of the finest stories ever written, Black Beauty is an exciting and moving classic children’s narrative about a horse’s life and adventures from the horse’s point of view.
It tells the story of how he spent his youth, his unforgettable friends, and how he endured cruelty through the hands of different owners, but eventually ending in a more comforting way.
During the First World War in Britain a series of unexplained deaths and murders occur with no sign of who or what is responsible.
“The working man told me about it, and added some dreadful details. Corpses so terribly maimed that coffins had been kept covered; faces mutilated as if by some gnawing animal…”
The House on the Borderland is a classic novel that facilitated the bridging of the gap between the British fantastic and supernatural authors of the later 19th century and modern horror fiction. The classic American horror writer H. P. Lovecraft listed this work by Hodgson as amongst his greatest influences.
In 1877, two gentlemen head into Ireland to spend a week fishing in the village of Kraighten. While there, they discover in the ruins of a very curious house a diary of the man who had once owned the house. The diary’s torn pages hinted at an evil beyond anything that existed on this side of the curtains of impossibility.
By Ray Cummings
This novel is a classic work of science fiction, and it was one of the first to explore the world of the atom.
The Girl in the Golden Atom is the story of a young chemist who finds a concealed atomic world within his mother’s wedding ring. Under a powerful microscope, he sees within the ring a beautiful young woman sitting in front of a cave. Captivated by her, he uses a method he discovered to shrink himself and does so to join her in her world.