THE HOUNDS OF FATE : 13 Tales of Terror - by Ray BRADBURY & Others
A terrifying and unpredictable anthology of stories, where you never know when you are going to be terrified out of your skin! - Dare you enter and Read?
"He sprang aside in a wild effort to break through the hedge that bordered the lane, but the tough branches held him fast. The hounds of Fate had waited for him in those narrow lanes, and this time they were not to be denied." Saki (Hector Hugh Munro)
Warning to Readers! - Enter if you dare for this is not a book for the tender-hearted. Although there are great pleasures to be tasted in the perusal of this volume, there are significant dangers as well - at one moment you will be thrilled, at another, greatly amused, but then, just as suddenly and without prior any warning: horrified! That's right, terrified out of your skin, turned inside out by the sudden horror with which you are filled. Don't be lulled into a false state of security, outright screaming terror lies in dark, quiet corners of the night, ready to pounce on you, body and soul, just when you think you are safe from all that can get you. Approach this book with caution - it may have its more relaxing portions, that is true, but this is more than anything else so as to catch you off guard when the horror rears its ugly head again. Dare you read them? 13 tales of mystery and imagination calculated to take you on an unsettling journey to the unknown: dare you read the dread 13, or should you leave this book alone?
Contents of this Collection: The 13 stories of the collection are as follows, [titles & authors] -
1. The Hounds of Fate by Saki (Hector Hugh Munro) / 2. The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs / 3. The Man who Drove Strindberg Mad by Osbert Sitwell / 4. The Adventure of the German Student by Washington Irving / 5. The Stolen Bacillus by H.G.Wells / 6. The Outsider by H.P. Lovecraft / 7. Who Knows? by Guy de Maupassant / 8. The Wall by Leonid Andreyev / 9. Faceless by Jakob Sandman / 10. The Jar by Ray Bradbury / 11. The Premature Burial by Edgar Allan Poe / 12. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Beirce / 13. The Visitor by Dylan Thomas.
A Publisher's Note presents this collection of stories, with a few words on each of them so as to guide you through the collection.
An Extract: (from 'The Hounds of Fate' - by Saki) "In the fading light of a close dull autumn afternoon Martin Stoner plodded his way along muddy lanes and rut-seamed cart tracks that led he knew not exactly whither. Somewhere in front of him, he fancied, lay the sea, and towards the sea his footsteps seemed persistently turning; why he was struggling wearily forward to that goal he could scarcely have explained, unless he was possessed by the same instinct that turns a hard-pressed stag cliffward in its last extremity. In his case the hounds of Fate were certainly pressing him with unrelenting insistence; hunger, fatigue, and despairing hopelessness had numbed his brain, and he could scarcely summon sufficient energy to wonder what underlying impulse was driving him onward. Stoner was one of those unfortunate individuals who seem to have tried everything; a natural slothfulness and improvidence had always intervened to blight any chance of even moderate success, and now he was at the end of his tether, and there was nothing more to try. Desperation had not awakened in him any dormant reserve of energy; on the contrary, a mental torpor grew up round the crisis of his fortunes. With the clothes he stood up in, a halfpenny in his pocket, and no single friend or acquaintance to turn to, with no prospect either of a bed for the night or a meal for the morrow, Martin Stoner trudged stolidly forward, between moist hedgerows and beneath dripping trees, his mind almost a blank, except that he was subconsciously aware that somewhere in front of him lay the sea. Another consciousness obtruded itself now and then - the knowledge that he was miserably hungry. Presently he came to a halt by an open gateway that led into a spacious and rather neglected farm-garden."