On this page you’ll find ebooks of public domain works that I’ve formatted (and added covers to) for my own reading. This means book-style rather than internet-style paragraphing, proper tables of contents and chapter divisions, curly quotes, proper em-dashes, and so on. Nothing fancy — I just hate reading a badly-formatted or unstructured ebook!

Most of these texts are available elsewhere (I link to where I got the text, where applicable), though I’ve corrected any obvious errors I’ve found. (And, in the case of UK authors, usually converted to British spelling.)

Click the epub or mobi link beneath the cover image to download.

Enjoy!

The Intercessor

May Sinclair’s 1911 novella of a haunting in a remote Yorkshire house is perhaps her best ghost story. Sinclair (1863–1946) was an established writer by the time of the Modernists, but was included among their number (being published in T S Eliot’s magazine The Criterion). She also combined an interest in early-20th century psychoanalysis with a membership of the Society for Psychical Research.

Ebook version: 1.0. Last updated: 28 Mar 2019.


Source of this text: scanned & converted.

The Horla

Guy de Maupassant's classic horror/science fictional novella, in which an invisible, perhaps extra-planetary being preys on a narrator who begins to doubt his sanity. It was first published (in French) in 1887. I can't find the name of the translator of this English version, which was published as part of de Maupassant's complete works in 1909, but it soon made its way into countless anthologies of horror and the macabre.

Ebook version: 1.1. Last updated: 3 Apr 2019.


Source of this text: The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 1, 1909 (Gutenberg).

Fungi from Yuggoth & The Nightmare Lake

H P Lovecraft’s cycle of 36 sonnets, plus one other, longer poem.

The Fungi from Yuggoth were mostly composed between December 1929 and January 1930. At the start, the sonnets seem to be telling a single story about the discovery of a weird book, but soon turn into individual Lovecraftian story ideas. The Nightmare Lake was first published in The Vagrant in 1919.

Ebook version: 1.0. Last updated: 16 Feb 2019.


Source of this text: Fungi from Yuggoth (Wikisource) and The Nightmare Lake (Wikisource).

The Centaur

Algernon Blackwood’s novel of nature-mysticism. Some think it’s his best.

Ebook version: 1.0. Last updated: 16 Feb 2019.


Source of this text: The Centaur (Gutenberg.org).

The Lifted Veil

Written between her first two novels (Adam Bede (1859) and The Mill on the Floss (1860)), this is George Eliot’s rare foray into the supernatural, touching on psychic abilities in her troubled protagonist. It was first published in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine.

Ebook version: 1.1. Last updated: 3 Mar 2019.


Source of this text: The Lifted Veil (Gutenberg.org).

Citadel of Fear

Francis Stevens was the pseudonym of Gertrude Barrows Bennett, who wrote some pulpy fare between 1917 and 1923, including this lost-race/mad scientist novel, originally serialised in The Argosy in 1918.

The cover artwork is by Virgil Finlay, for a reprint of Stevens’ novel in Famous Fantastic Mysteries, February 1942.

Ebook version: 2.2. (minor textual edits, chapters XXI–XXXIII, which I missed out of version 1.0, and some corrections based on the Famous Fantastic Mysteries reprint) Last updated: 19 April 2019.


Source of this text: Citadel of Fear (Archive.org).

The Philosophy of Composition

Poe’s essay on how he reasoned his way into writing his celebrated poem The Raven.

Ebook version: 1.0. Last updated: 16 Feb 2019.


Source of this text: The Philosophy of Composition (Wikisource).

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