Dark dragons, ghostly pipers and sly wizards -- discover the legends that dwell within the ancient castles of Scotland. Stories by Carnegie-medalist Theresa Breslin and illustrations by Scottish fine artist Kate Leiper. A beautiful gift anthology.
A spellbinding addition to our Pocket Classics series: a gathering of utterly transporting short stories by an international constellation of writers. As Scheherezade proved long ago, good stories make the best bedtime entertainment. The tales collected here represent the essence of the storyteller´s art, with its ancient roots in fantastical legends and tales told around a fire. Isak Dinesen, Naguib Mahfouz, Angela Carter, Salman Rushdie, Ursula K. Le Guin, A. S. Byatt, Steven Millhauser, Haruki Murakami, and many other writers mingle their voices in this one-volume gateway to dreams. It is the perfect bedside companion for fiction lovers everywhere. As Scheherezade proved long ago, good stories make the best bedtime entertainment. The tales collected here represent the essence of the storyteller´s art, with its ancient roots in fantastical legends and tales told around a fire. In Bedtime Stories, great writers of the past two centuries explore the boundaries between the real and the unreal, between waking and dreaming. From the surreal night visions of Nathaniel Hawthorne´s ´´Young Goodman Brown´´ to the unspeakable horror that haunts two little girls in A. S. Byatt´s ´´The Thing in the Forest,´´ from Washington Irving´s comical ´´The Legend of Sleepy Hollow´´ to Ursula K. LeGuin´s sly perspective on Sleeping Beauty in ´´The Poacher,´´ these spellbinding stories transform the stuff of fables and fairy tales into high art. Isak Dinesen, Vladimir Nabokov, Angela Carter, Julio Cortázar, Steven Millhauser, Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, and many more mingle their voices in this one-volume gateway to dreams--the perfect bedside companion for fiction lovers everywhere.
A quirky, creepy fantasy set in Eerie-on-Sea finds a colorful cast of characters in hot pursuit of a sea monster thought to convey a surprising gift. It´s winter in the town of Eerie-on-Sea, where the mist is thick and the salt spray is rattling the windows of the Grand Nautilus Hotel. Inside, young Herbert Lemon, Lost and Founder for the hotel, has an unexpected visitor. It seems that Violet Parma, a fearless girl around his age, lost her parents at the hotel when she was a baby, and she´s sure that the nervous Herbert is the only person who can help her find them. The trouble is, Violet is being pursued at that moment by a strange hook-handed man. And the town legend of the Malamander ? a part-fish, part-human monster whose egg is said to make dreams come true ? is rearing its scaly head. As various townspeople, some good-hearted, some nefarious, reveal themselves to be monster hunters on the sly, can Herbert and Violet elude them and discover what happened to Violet´s kin? This lighthearted, fantastical mystery, featuring black-and-white spot illustrations, kicks off a trilogy of fantasies set in the seaside town.
The brand new Oswald de Lacy thriller, for fans of C.J. Sansom, Minette Walters and S.J. Parris. ´Living legends Andrew Taylor and Susanna Gregory; bestselling phenomena SJ Parris and CJ Sansom... a league of extraordinary resurrectionists. If you love their books, I invite you to visit fourteenth-century England, with SD Sykes ... Savour the company of young Oswald de Lacy, among the most appealing historical sleuths currently on the hunt.´ A.J. Finn ´A fascinating glimpse of an almost forgotten period of history.´ Andrew Taylor ´If you love C.J. Sansom, you have to read S.D. Sykes. Her Oswald de Lacy series just gets better and better. The Bone Fire is a wonderfully claustrophobic and compelling mystery, filled with clever twists, fascinating characters and flashes of Sykes´s sly wit. Utterly immersive, utterly gripping historical crime at its very, very best.´ Antonia Hodgson *** 1361. Plague has returned to England - thirteen years after the devastation of The Black Death. As destruction advances towards his estate in Kent, Oswald de Lacy leads his family to the safety of a remote castle in the marshes - where his friend Godfrey is preparing a fortress to survive the coming disaster. The rules are clear: once the de Lacys and other guests are inside the castle the portcullis will be lowered and no-one permitted to enter or leave until the Pestilence has passed. And then a murderer strikes. Oswald is confronted with a stark choice - leave and face the ravages of the plague, or stay and place his family at the mercy of a brutal killer. With word of his skills as an investigator preceding him, it falls to Oswald to unmask the murderer in their midst. Host, guest, or servant - everyone is a suspect in this poisoned refuge of secrets, deceit and malice.