Biggers had always been interested in mystery fiction, but his interest in Hawaii clearly stems from a 1919 vacation in Honolulu. While there, he read a newspaper article on a Chinese detective named Chang Apana. Apana would become the model for Charlie Chan in Biggers' 1925 novel, House Without a Key, and there quickly followed five more Charlie Chan novels. Fifty Candles -- published just two years after that 1919 vacation -- shows how Hawaii, China, and murder had already begun to come together in Biggers' imagination.
The story starts in a courthouse in Honolulu, moves to China, then to fog-shrouded San Francisco. Many of the elements used in the Charlie Chan series are present: Chinese characters (both sinister and sympathetic), the Honolulu legal system, a shrewd detective (in this case, lawyer Mark Drew rather than a policemen), and a baffling murder complete with red herrings and plenty of suspects. Though Fifty Candles is a murder mystery, it is also a romance, with the romantic elements at times in the forefront. Mostly, though, it is a book that will delight Biggers' many fans as they trace the origins of Charlie Chan.
This volume includes an introduction by John Gregory Betancourt and a bonus short story, "The Way to the Island."
The Third Ghost Story MEGAPACK(R) selects 26 more choice hauntings for your reading pleasure. Included this time are:
THE DEAD AND THE COUNTESS, by Gertrude Atherton THE CEDAR CLOSET, by Lafcadio Hearn THE WRAITH OF BARNJUM, by F. Anstey THE JOLLY CORNER, by Henry James THE ROLL-CALL OF THE REEF, by A. T. Quiller-Couch THE BOWMEN, by Arthur Machen OMAN, By Leopold Kompert THE MIDDLE TOE OF THE RIGHT FOOT, by Ambrose Bierce THE TOLL-HOUSE, by W.W. Jacobs THE HAUNTED COVE, by Sir George Douglas THE GHOST OF LORD CLARENCEUX, by Arnold Bennett THE HAUNTED AUTOMATON, by W. C. Morrow THE GHOSTS AT GRANTLEY, by Leonard Kip THE SPECTRE COOK OF BANGLETOP, by John Kendrick Bangs THE SUPERSTITIOUS MAN'S STORY, by Thomas Hardy THE SPECTRE BRIDEGROOM, by William Hunt THE SPECTRE IN THE CART, by Thomas Nelson Page THE TALE OF THE PORCELAIN-GOD, by Lafcadio Hearn THE BELL IN THE FOG, by Gertrude Atherton THE HAUNTING OF WHITE GATES, by G. M. Robins THE SHADOW ON THE BLIND, by Mrs. Alfred (Louisa) Baldwin NO. 5 BRANCH LINE: THE ENGINEER, by Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards THE SHADOW IN THE CORNER, by Mary Elizabeth Braddon THE SECRET CHAMBER, by Margaret Oliphant THE UPPER BERTH, by F. Marion Crawford MR. GRAY'S STRANGE STORY, by Louisa Murray
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Hours of great reading await, with ghostly tales from some of the 19th and 20th century's most renowned authors. Featured in this volume are::
AT CHRIGHTON ABBEY, by Mary Elizabeth Braddon THE HAUNTED MILL, by Jerome K. Jerome THE GHOST CLUB, by John Kendrick Bangs THE SHADOWS OF THE DEAD, by Louis Becke THE ROOM IN THE TOWER, by E. F. Benson THE HAUNTED AND THE HAUNTERS, by Lord Edward Bulwer-Lytton THE MIDDLE BEDROOM, by H. de Vere Stacpoole THE DRUMMER GHOST, by John William DeForest MISS JÉROMETTE AND THE CLERGYMAN, by Wilkie Collins THE SPECTRE BRIDE, by William Harrison Ainsworth THE TAPESTRIED CHAMBER; or, The Lady in the Square, by Sir Walter Scott THE OLD NURSE'S STORY, by Elizabeth Gaskell THE JUDGE'S HOUSE, by Bram Stoker AT THE END OF THE PASSAGE, by Rudyard Kipling THE WITHERED ARM, by Thomas Hardy JOHN CHARRINGTON'S WEDDING, by Edith Nesbit THE MAN OF SCIENCE, by Jerome K. Jerome WHAT DID MISS DARRINGTON SEE? by Emma B. Cobb A GHOST STORY, by Mark Twain THE SOUL OF ROSE DÉDÉ, by M.E.M. Davis THE HOUSE OF THE NIGHTMARE, by Edward Lucas White REALITY OR DELUSION? by Mrs Henry Wood FISHER'S GHOST, by John Lang THROUGH THE IVORY GATE, by Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews THE COLD EMBRACE, by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
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THE SIGNAL-MAN, by Charles Dickens THE SOUL OF THE GREAT BELL, by Lafcadio Hearn PRESENT AT A HANGING, by Ambrose Bierce CANON ALBERIC'S SCRAP-BOOK by M. R. James THE MASS OF SHADOWS, by Anatole France THE MAN WHO WENT TOO FAR, by E.F. Benson THE THING AT NOLAN, by Ambrose Bierce THE PHANTOM 'RICKSHAW, by Rudyard Kipling THE RIVAL GHOSTS by Brander Matthews THE INTERVAL, by Vincent O'Sullivan A GHOST, by Guy De Maupassant A COLD GREETING, by Ambrose Bierce THE TURN OF THE SCREW, by Henry James THE SHADOWS ON THE WALL, by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman THE MESSENGER, by Robert W. Chambers THE BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS, by W. F. Harvey WHAT WAS IT?, by Fitz-James O'Brien THE SHELL OF SENSE, by Olivia Howard Dunbar THE WOMAN AT SEVEN BROTHERS, by Wilbur Daniel Steele AT THE GATE, by Myla Jo Closser LIGEIA, by Edgar Allan Poe THE HAUNTED ORCHARD, by Richard Le Gallienne KERFOL, by Edith Wharton THE WIND IN THE ROSE-BUSH, by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman THE STORY OF MING-Y, by Lafcadio Hearn
Short Things is a collection of never-before-published stories based on John W. Campbell’s classic short novel, “Who Goes There?” (filmed as The Thing). Commissioned one by one as stretch goals for the Frozen Hell Kickstarter project (which broke records as one of the most successful science fiction publishing projects in Kickstarter history), this series of stories grew to book size—thanks to contributions by many top writers. Included are new works by
Enjoy these sometimes very different takes on the classic monster, the Thing!
Aline Solini--a beautiful Russian adventuress who has abandoned her Russian husband and is now in search of greater conquests in Europe--arrives in Marisi, in the decadent days on the eve of World War I. She has been rescued by Richard Stetton, the wealthy playboy son of an American millionaire, who is on a trip to Europe to discover himself. Instead, the somewhat dim-witted Stetton falls into Aline's clutches, and she uses him and his money to win her way into fashionable society. Once she is accepted by the elite, her schemes move her closer and closer to the throne. "A Prize for Princes" is a charming period piece, with a languid evocation of a long-lost Europe that will captivate fans of Stout's later works, as well as readers of historical novels.
The October 1932 issue features work by Clark Ashton Smith ("The Hunters from Beyond"), Victor Rousseau, Henry S. Whitehead, Hugh B. Cave, Frank Belknap Long, Jr, and many more.
In addition to "Arena," this volume contains five more of Brown's classic tales: "Daymare," "The Little Lamb," "The Geezenstacks," "The Hat Trick," and "Don't Look Behind You."
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