Short stories

Politically Correct Holiday Stories: For An Enlightened Yuletide Season

By James Finn Garner

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Stories include such gems as: "Twas the Night Before Solstice," "Frosty the Persun of Snow," and "Rudolph the Nasally Empowered Reindeer."

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Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop : 'tis the Season to be Deadly: Stories of Mistletoe and Mayhem from 17 Masters of Suspense

By Otto Penzler, editor

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Each year, for the past seventeen years, Otto Penzler, owner of the legendary Mysterious Bookshop in New York City, has commissioned an original story by a leading mystery writer. The requirements were that it be a mystery/ crime/suspense story, that it be set during the Christmas season, and that at least some of the action must take place in The Mysterious Bookshop. These stories were then produced as pamphlets, 1,000 copies, and given to customers of the bookstore as a Christmas present.  Now, all of these stories have been collected in one volume: Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop. Some of the tales are humorous, others suspenseful, and still others mystifying.

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Holmes for the Holidays

By Martin H. Greenberg and Jon L. Lellenberg and Carol-Lynn Waugh, editors

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A brilliant collection of fourteen original Holmes stories written by today's premier mystery writers. Each story features Holmes and Watson, festively solving the darkest of crimes in the brightest of seasons. Also try the sequel, More Holmes for the Holidays.

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Christmas Stalkings: Tales of Yuletide Murder

By Charlotte MacLeod, editor

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Tales of Christmas crime and mystery by such authors as Robert Barnard, Dorothy Cannell, Bill Crider, Charlotte MacLeod, and Margaret Maron.

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Chillers for Christmas

By Richard Dalby, editor

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The horrors of Christmas are not limited to just the credit card bills and the fruit cake. Try these spooky English tales from such talents as Arthur Conan Doyle and Rudyard Kipling.

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Canine Christmas

By Jeffrey Marks

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"This holiday feast for lovers of mutts and mysteries features 15 new stories by popular mystery authors. Find out how a temperamental Yorkie provokes Yuletide mayhem at an English country house, a puppy forgotten in Santa's bag helps quell a coup at the North Pole, and a Portuguese water dog noses out murder at a Vermont inn!"
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In the Stacks: Short Stories About Libraries and Librarians

By Michael Cart, editor

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This collection contains stories by nineteen writers including Ray Bradbury, Ursula Le Guin, John Cheever, and Jorge Luis Borges. From serious to mysterious, from humorous to romantic, here is a variety of stories for a variety of readers.

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Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories, and Other Disasters

By Jean Shepherd

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The creator of A Christmas Story shares more of growing up in the Midwest--this time during his teenaged years:
"...a universal (and achingly funny) orchestration of Midwestern puberty rites, from the gut-wrenching playground antics of one Delbert Bumpus, to the supernal glow surrounding unapproachable high school beauty Daphne Bigelow, to the memorable disaster that was Shepherd's (and everyone else's) junior prom."
Stories include:
The grandstand passion play of Delbert and the Bumpus hounds --County fair! -- Scut Farkas and the murderous Mariah -- Ollie Hopnoodle's haven of bliss -- The star-crossed romance of Josephine Cosnowski --Daphne Bigelow and the spine-chilling saga of the snail-encrusted tinfoil noose - - The return of the smiling Wimpy doll -- Wanda Hickey's night of golden memories.

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Mirror Kingdoms: The Best of Peter S. Beagle

By Peter S. Beagle

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Classics from the master of psychological fantasy:
Professor Gottesman and the Indian rhinoceros -- The last and only -- Come Lady Death -- El Regalo -- Julie's unicorn -- The last song of Sirit Byar -- Lila the werewolf -- What tune the enchantress plays -- Uncle Chaim and Aunt Rifke and the angel -- Salt wine -- Two hearts -- Giant bones -- King Pelles the Sure -- Vanishing -- The tale of Junko and Sayuri -- The rock in the park -- We never talk about my brother -- The rabbi's hobby.
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Buffalo Gals and Other Animal Presences

By Ursula K. Le Guin

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A collection by an award-winning author includes ten short tales, eighteen poems, and the title story in which a child survives a plane crash and enters a Dream Time of primitive myths and an all-knowing coyote. The included werewolf tale is from the wolves' point of view.

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