The Arabian Nights

Though The Arabian Nights are generally known as stories for children, they were originally tales for adults full of adventure, sexuality, violence and the supernatural. They...

Vikram And The Vampire: Classic Hindu Tales Of Adventure, Magic, And Romance

The Baital-Pachisi, or Twenty-five Tales of a Baital is the history of a huge Bat, Vampire, or Evil Spirit which inhabited and animated dead bodies. It is an old, and thoroughly...

Pilgrimage to Medina and Mecca—Excerpts

In the 19th century, Sir Richard Francis Burton, Oxford-educated spy and adventurer became the first Englishman to enter the Muslim city of Mecca. Disguised as a dervish, Burton...