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Men of Leisure

A drifter describes making, spending and losing a few bucks.

41 min read · Rating: PG-13 · Read story

How Reuben Allen "Saw Life" in San Francisco

The junior partner of the firm of Sparlow & Kane was gazing meditatively out of the corner of their little shop in Dupont Street when Madame le Blank entered, complaining of a head injury. The...

32 min read · Rating: PG-13 · Read story

Full Report of the First Meeting of the Mudfog Association

A boy fell through the window of a pastrycook's shop in the High Street about half an hour ago. Professors Snore, Doze, and Wheezy will NOT repair to the Pig and Tinder-box, and Mr. Slug and Mr....

38 min read · Rating: PG-13 · Read story


Gubin was in a tavern, where I first saw him. He reminded me of a homeless dog, and his words caused his lips to bare stumps and gums amid which they lost their way, became disintegrated...

56 min read · Rating: PG-13 · Read story

The Indiscretion of Elsbeth

The American lost his way and was blandly introduced to a singularly artistic-looking man of middle age. The next morning the porter met him with a mysterious air, dismissed him, and showed him all...

31 min read · Rating: PG-13 · Read story

Dick Boyle's Business Card

Dick Boyle approached the waiting stage coach, but the young lady was already walking towards it. Miss Julia Cantire was getting down from the coach, and Dick Boyle quietly slipped from the back to...

50 min read · Rating: PG-13 · Read story

The Dead

Lily seldom made a mistake in the orders, so she got on well with her three mistresses. Gabriel stood on the mat while Lily led his wife to the foot, and then his aunts and wife kissed him...

79 min read · Rating: PG-13 · Read story

A Presentiment

Over coffee in the Turkish room, Minver censored our several foibles and liked to have Rulledge approach Wanhope from this side. Rulledge suggested that there are two kinds of presentiments, the...

21 min read · Rating: G · Read story

The Fortunes of Sir Robert Ardagh

Sir Robert Ardagh, a gloomy and morose man, decided to go up alone to the castle, where he reclining on a table. The old man opened the door and saw his master reeling, and the door was thrown open...

48 min read · Rating: PG-13 · Read story

The Empty House

Certain houses manage to proclaim at once their character for evil. Shorthouse agreed to go to visit his Aunt Julia. A few minutes later they stopped before a tall, narrow house that rose before...

31 min read · Rating: PG-13 · Read story

Creatures That Once Were Men

Aristid Kuvalda had a two-storied house at the end of the main street, where the captain passed most of his time sitting on a kind of bench or else in the eating-house of Egor Yavilovitch. The...

116 min read · Rating: PG-13 · Read story

The Murders in the Rue Morgue

Often cited as the first detective story. The genre arrives pretty much fully formed: a brilliant detective, the bumbing police officer and

70 min read · Rating: PG-13 · Read story