At the Mountains of Madness: And Other Tales of Terror
by H. P. Lovecraft
The barren, windswept interior of the Antarctic plateau was lifeless -- or so the expedition from Miskatonic University thought. Then they found the strange fossils of unheard-of creatures . . . and the carved stones tens of millions of years old . . . and, finally, the mind-blasting terror of the City of the Old Ones. Three additional strange tales, written as only H.P. Lovecraft can write, are also included in this macabre collection of the strange and the weird.
Behind a Mask
by Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott's little-known novella is an ingenious study of deception, betrayal, and the ruthless power of a woman scorned. When demure Scottish governess Jean Muir arrives at a wealthy household, the family couldn't be more thrilled with their young new resident and find themselves beguiled by her grace and beauty. But this surrender to her "innocent" charms soon sets the men quarreling for her attention, with the women beside themselves with jealousy. Delighted with her success, Miss Muir sets her sights on the highest prize, but she has only three days to claim victory before the truth, behind her mask, will be exposed.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Stark, skillfully woven, this fascinating novel explores the curious turnings of human character through the strange case of Dr. Jekyll, a kindly scientist who by night takes on his stunted evil self, Mr. Hyde. Anticipating modern psychology, Jekyll and Hyde is a brilliantly original study of man's dual nature -- as well as an immortal tale of suspense and terror.
by Bram Stoker
This may be the most famous vampire story of all time. In this story, a naive young Englishman travels to Transylvania to do business with a client, Count Dracula. After showing his true and terrifying colors, Dracula boards a ship for England in search of new, fresh blood. Unexplained disasters begin to occur in the streets of London before the mystery and the evil doer are finally put to rest.
Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus
by Mary Shelley
One freezing morning, a lone man wandering across the Arctic ice caps is rescued by a ship's captain. As he is nursed back to health, Victor Frankenstein recounts his story of ambition, murder, and revenge. As a young scientist Frankenstein pushed moral boundaries in order to create life itself. But his creation is a monster stitched together from grave-robbed body parts who has no place in the world, and whose life can only lead to tragedy.
by Jane Austen
Catherine Morland is the very ideal of a nice girl from a happy family, but she has an overactive imagination. She is also obsessed with Gothic novels, where terrible things happen to the heroine, which gets her into all sorts of trouble. When she meets funny, sharp Henry Tilney, she's instantly taken with him. But when she is invited to his home, the sinister Northanger Abbey, her preoccupation with fantasy starts to get in the way of reality.
Tales of Madness: Seven Horror Stories
by Edgar Allan Poe
This collection of some of his most famous tales is intended to excite and to remind us that, although the author lived many years ago, his grasp of human emotion is as poignant as ever. Included in this book are the Poe classics: "The Raven," "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Cask of Amontillado," "Fall of the House of Usher," "Ligeia," and "A Premature Burial."
The Gods of Pegana
by Lord Dunsany
"The Gods of Pegana" is a rich tapestry of imaginative fantasy, one of the landmark collections of short stories from the early 20th century, and a tremendous influence on writers ranging from H.P. Lovecraft to Ursula K. LeGuin. One of the progenitors of twentieth century fantasy, Dunsany influenced H.P. Lovecraft and many others. Pegana was Dunsany's cycle of stories of mysterious other gods who care little for what worship they receive.
by Franz Kafka
A seemingly ordinary man, Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning only to discover that he has been transformed into a gigantic insect and must deal with the depression over his new physical alteration, as well as the rejection of his family.
The Turn of the Screw
by Henry James
One of literature's most gripping ghost stories depicts the sinister transformation of two innocent children into flagrant liars and hypocrites. Elegantly told tale of unspoken horror and psychological terror creates what few stories in literature have been able to do -- a complete feeling of dread and uncertainty.
The White People and Other Weird Stories
by Arthur Machen
The White People and Other Weird Stories is the perfect introduction to the father of weird fiction. The title story "The White People" is an exercise in the bizarre, leaving the reader disoriented and on edge. From the first page, Machen turns even fundamental truths upside-down, as his character Ambrose explains, "there have been those who have sounded the very depths of sin, who all their lives have never done an 'ill deed'", setting the stage for a tale entirely without logic.