John Hare should have died… instead he is saved by a man with an adopted Indian daughter. He is also dragged into the light after experiencing the darkness of the West. But he isn’t quite ready to embrace it. First he must learn to love.
The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green is one of the very first mystery masterpieces of our modern times. Set in New York City, detective Ebenezer Gryce accepts to investigate the curious murder case of one very rich man, Horatio Leavenworth. Many clues lead to the two nieces but are they truly responsible for their uncle’s death? Maybe this is where “The butler did it” started or maybe, just maybe, Leavenworth’s private secretary had something to do with it.
First performed in 1895, the play is a satire of Victorian culture and social obligations. This play is witty and funny and is the most popular and enduring of Oscar Wilde's plays.
The Heart of Happy Hollow is a collection of 16 short stories that revolve around a small southern community named Sleepy Hollow. Witness the tense relationship between the former slaves and their masters, the young free African-American’s struggles and the way they see the leading white class.
When a Prince returns to Russia after years in a sanatorium, he finds himself scorned by the aristocracy because of his trusting nature and naiveté. Caught in a love triangle between a virtuous and pretty young girl and a mistress of the aristocracy, he finds his morals threatened in this psychological Russian thriller. The Idiot is one of Fyodor Dostoevsky's greatest works and often called one of the greatest Russian novels of all time.
Ten members depart on a journey to hunt the Snark, a fictional animal nobody can describe. The leader Bellman has a map, a blank paper that points to a strange land where the Snark can be found. They split up in their attempt to hunt the animal. But will they find it?
The Lifted Veil by George Eliot is a gothic novella in the vein of other Victorian horror stories like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Bram Stoker's Dracula. In The Lifted Veil, the unreliable narrator, Latimer, believes that he is cursed with an otherworldly ability to see into the future and the thoughts of other people. This leads to tragedy as his obsession with his brother's fiancee.
A world of lurking horrors and bizarre denizens that features a giant white worm that can transform into a woman. The Lair of the White Worm is a chilling Victorian horror story.
In two long letters, Captain Avery tries to exonerate himself from the evil deeds he is accused of. He doesn’t enjoy killing and he isn’t interested in raping women; gold and jewels are all he actually wants. Witness his ‘honorable’ life from his humble beginnings to a true King of Pirates.
This story by Bram Stoker is about young man who helps the people of a small country in the Balkans in their struggle against their more powerful neighbors.
The Light of Western Stars is a western romance novel by Zane Grey. In this story, a New York society girl heads west and ends up with more adventure than she had bargained for.
Read an exciting collection of classic mystery and detective stories in the Lock and Key Library, collected by Julian Hawthorne.
This novel tells the story of two brothers who are hot on the trail of rustlers who have kidnapped a woman.
Buffalo Jones is one the last left of his own kind. He doesn’t kill animals for sport; instead he captures them and tames them in his attempt to raise new breeds. His adventures through the Wild West are numerous and amazing: from encountering Native Americans to chasing the musk oxen just to end up in the midst of a wolf attack.
The Jewel of Seven Stars is a novel that explores common fin-de-siecle themes such as imperialism, the rise of the New Woman and feminism, and societal progress.
Homer's Iliad is an ancient Greek epic poem. This edition has been translated into prose by Samuel Butler to tell the story of the Trojan War. The Iliad mentions many Greek legends and is a prequel to the Odyssey.
The Happy Prince and Other Tales is a collection of fairy tales gathered by the great Oscar Wilde. At the end of each story, there is always a lesson to be learned on how to be compassionate and forgiving with your peers
The Fall of the House of Usher is a Gothic novel by Edgar Allan Poe. The story tells of a mysterious house and an unnamed narrator's horrific experience with it.
Mark Twain’s short stories aren’t about his religious beliefs. In fact, the Diaries of Adam and Eve should be taken with a grain of salt as they are humorous and witty and describe in a unique way the relationship between two human beings, man and woman who eventually end up falling in love with each other.
The Gray Fairy Book is a collection of fairy tales and folk tales by Andrew Lane. It includes classic fairy tales that are sure to surprise modern audiences but are a treat for children and adults alike.
The First Man in the Moon by H. G. Wells is a sci-fi novel that ignited the imagination of the 19th century society over what lies on the surface of the Moon and beneath it well before Neil Armstrong. Upon discovering a substance that could negate gravity, businessman Bedford and scientist Cavor set out on a journey to the natural satellite of our planet. There, they make an astounding discovery.
The Green Fairy Book is a collection of fairy tales by compiled by Andrew Lang. This collection includes familiar favorites like "The Three Little Pigs" as well as other classic stories sure to enchant children and adult readers alike.
The book contains 423 verses in 26 categories, all verses spoken by the Buddha on various occasions. Most of the verses deal with ethics and spiritual thoughts.
The first section of Dante's Divine Comedy. In the first part of Divine Comedy, Dante, guided by the poet Virgil, plunges to the very depths of Hell and embarks on his arduous journey towards God. By fusing humor and satire with intellect, an immortal Christian allegory of humankind’s search for self-knowledge and spiritual enlightenment was created.
Originally titled as The Saddest Story, The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford tells the story of two couples seen by one of the four ‘halves’. The story is tragic criticizing the early 20th-century American and English hypocritical aristocracy. All four are incapable of loving one another and end up prisoners to their unbound lust and greed.