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The Thames Valley Catastrophe

Two bicyclists, one a Londoner, the other an American geologist named Ward, out for a pleasant bicycle trip in the idyllic Thames valley, meet at a small village inn on the west bank of the Thames. Their parlor chat turns to the subjects of mountains and volcanic eruptions, and the difference between small vent-hole eruptions […]


Genre: Fiction, Thrillers

What’s Bred in the Bone

This was the top-prize-winning novel from 20,000 entries in one of the richest literary awards ever offered in Britain. Its convoluted and colorful plot turns on questions of heredity and atavism: the ancestry of the Waring twin brothers and of Elma Clifford. Elma comes on her mother’s side from a line of gypsy snake dancers, […]


Genre: Drama, Fiction, Thrillers

My New Year’s Eve Among the Mummies

J. Arbuthnot Wilson (pseudonym of the real author, Grant Allen) tells this short story of his strange night spent inside “the great unopened Pyramid of Abu Yilla” in Egypt. On New Year’s Eve, on the night before his group was to take a guided tour and climb the still sealed pyramid, he set out on […]


Genre: Fiction, Occult & Supernatural