Category Archives: Fantasy

A Diagnosis of Death by Ambrose Bierce

Dr. Mannering was able to predict when a person would die even if that person appeared to be healthy. Now, dead himself, he still practices his specialty.

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Ankal the Witch by Roy Trumbull

This is a mixture of traditional witchcraft and the stuff you pull out of your pocket and recharge every night. A princess is sent back in time by a witch and her prince searches for her. Ankal the Witch text

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Beyond the Door by Philip K. Dick

In this fantasy, the classic threesome is augmented by a pouting homicidal cuckoo clock. The text for this story may be found at www.gutenberg.org.

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Cogito Ergo Sum by John Foster West

This philosophical wheeze is attributed to Rene’ Descarte. As it is a philosophical statement it can have no meaning as that is the mission statement of philosophers. They are dead against anything meaning anything. Most would have learned more by … Continue reading

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Crooken Sands by Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker is best known as the author of Dracula. This is one of his short stories. An English merchant goes on holiday to Scotland with his family. He admires the traditional dress of the Highland chiefs and commissions such … Continue reading

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Gallus Gallus Mechanique by Roy Trumbull

As micro electronics hits the wall it’s biology’s chance to take over the job of making things smaller and better. For starters, hens laying hard drives.

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How Six Men Traveled Through The World

Long before there were comic books there were fairy tales. Some of them had what would later be called Super Heroes. In this tale we start out with a discharged soldier who has less than a cent in his pocket. … Continue reading

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Joey and the P-Ball

A teenager invents a golf ball that can’t be lost.

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Moxon’s Master by Ambrose Bierce

A skilled inventor argues in favor of machines having life. He has a reason for doing so. He has a dark secret Herbert Spencer is mentioned in the course of this story. He is worth knowing about. He was a … Continue reading

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Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving

This is the story of the man who falls asleep and awakens to a changed world 20 years later.The story of Rip Van Winkle is to be found in the Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon. Crayon attributes it to Diedrich Knickerbocker. … Continue reading

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The Donkey Cabbage

A hunter receives two magic gifts only to lose them to the beautiful daughter of a witch. He regains them with the help of a magic cabbage that turns people into donkeys.

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The Magic Shop by H.G. Wells

There is a magic shop that has only genuine magic. But only the right sort of boy may go there.

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The Man Who Could Work Miracles by H. G. Wells

Most of the better known stories by Wells such as The Time Machine, War of the Worlds, and the Invisible Man were written around 1900. This story was written in the 1930s. It involves a very ordinary man who is … Continue reading

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The Queen of Quok by L. Frank Baum

The king is dead. His 10 year old son is the new king. The treasury is empty. The plan is to auction off the king’s hand in marriage to a rich woman who wants to be queen. All the candidates … Continue reading

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The Realm of the Unreal by Ambrose Bierce

A hypnotist trained in India is skilled at infusing others with illusions.

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The Secret of Macarger’s Gulch by Ambrose Bierce

A hunter takes shelter in an abandoned cabin and in the total darkness of night his senses witness a murder that took place in the past.

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The Shoes of Fortune by Hans Christian Andersen Ch01

Ch01 A Beginning

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The Shoes of Fortune by Hans Christian Andersen Ch02

Ch02 What Happened to the Councillor

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The Shoes of Fortune by Hans Christian Andersen Ch03

Ch03 The Watchman’s Adventure

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The Shoes of Fortune by Hans Christian Andersen Ch04

Ch04 A Moment of Head Importance—An Evening’s “Dramatic Readings”—A Most Strange Journey

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