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Charles Dickens (British)
The Baron of Grogzwig
A lively Baron becomes depressed because of his wife and children. Can he stay positive and optimistic to shake off thoughts of suicide?
William Dean Howells (American)
The Civil War in Ohio
Who were the famous people in Ohio who fought in the Civil War?
William Thackeray (British)
The Devil's Wager
A wealthy man dies and is met a devil. Can the man find someone on earth who will say a good word about him and save him from hell?
Thomas Hardy (British)
The Grave by the Handpost
A young man returns from the wars to learn that his father has died. Why does he feel responsible for the death?
Herman Melville (American)
The Lightning Rod Man
A travelling salesman arrives at a house during a storm. What are the powers of his amazing "Lightning Rod"?
Virginia Woolf (British)
Love, friendship and memory mix with the beauties of the natural world in London's Kew Gardens.
Charles Lamb (British)
Shakespeare's classic play: retold as a short story. How does the wish for power corrupt the brave soldier Macbeth?
H Rider Haggard (British)
Only a Dream
On the night before his second marriage, a man's thoughts return to his first wife.
Bret Harte (American)
The Outcasts of Poker Flat
A group of anti-social people are sent away from a small American town during winter. Will they reach the next town before the snow sets in?
Ambrose Bierce (American)
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
A southern man faces death during the American Civil War. Can he escape home to his family?
Robert Louis Stevenson (British)
The Adventure of Prince Florizel and a Detective
Prince Florizel is given a strange and precious stone. Can he keep its secret safe from the police officer who arrests him?
Edgar Allan Poe (American)
The Masque of the Red Death
Faced with a terrible plague in his country, a prince orders a great celebration to be held in his castle. But who is the dark and mysterious figure walking through the halls during the feast?
DH Lawrence (British)
The Rocking Horse Winner
A young boy finds an unusual way to make money for his family. But how long can his luck and his health continue?
HG Wells (British)
The Strange Orchid
A collector of orchids has a feeling that something interesting will happen to him. But why does his housekeeper hate the new flowers that he has bought?
Nathaniel Hawthorne (American)
The Ambitious Guest
A stranger arrives at a small house during a storm. How does his arrival affect the people who live there?
Le Fanu (Irish)
The Child that went with the Fairies
A small boy disappears while walking with his brother and sister. What story do they tell of the strange woman who met them on the road?
HG Wells (British)
A man plans to run away with his friend's wife. But how much does the husband know of the affair?
James Fenimore Cooper (American)
The Lake Gun
Many stories are told about a lake in North America. Can a man from an Indian tribe help to explain the myths?
William Morris (British)
The Unknown Church
What legends and human tragedy went into the building of a great gothic church? Only the man whose tomb lies inside can tell.
George Moore (Irish)
The Wedding Dress
An old woman has one much loved possession: her wedding dress. Why does she decide to give this dress to her grand-daughter one evening?