Random Tales

This short collection of Alexander Kuprin's stories and novellas is intended as light reading - to amuse, puzzle, entertain, and enchant.


This strange tale by Vladimir Odoyevsky takes the readers from Finnish backwater to St. Petersburg during the era of Peter the Great to Moscow in the years that followed Peter's...

The Sinner From Toledo (moonlit Tales Of The Macabre - Small Bites Book 6)

In the time of paranoia and religious fanaticism, one young woman's life falls into the hands of two very misguided men.

The Witches' Castle (moonlit Tales Of The Macabre - Small Bites Book 11)

Alexander Belyaev's rare foray into a bit of mysticism, "The Witches' Castle" is a reminder how careful must be wandering around the woods, especially when mysterious strangers...

Indian Tale About Four Deaf Men

A very old and insightful tale that holds up surprisingly well in the modern context.

Kharitonov's Gold (moonlit Tales Of The Macabre - Small Bites Book 12)

A reminder from Alexei Nikolayevich Tolstoy that one might take great caution when pursuing hidden treasure.

Magical Mischief (moonlit Tales Of The Macabre - Small Bites Book 10)

One day, a courier who deems himself quite the romantic hero, decides to follow a beautiful stranger... only to be plunged into a nightmare vortex in space and time.

Whispers In The Mist

A homage to "Death and the Lady" by Judith Tarr and a modern fantasy, "Whispers in the Mist" nevertheless poses a question, very much present in reality - if you could go back to...

Birthday Girl

An everyday tragedy brought into stark relief and elevated to high drama by the skilled pen of Maria Krestovskaya, as she focuses her readers' attention on someone, whose life...

The Wooden Guest (moonlit Tales Of The Macabre - Small Bites Book 5)

"The wooden guest" is an odd little tale by Prince Vladimir Odoyevsky. It starts off as a kind of fairy tale for grownups and develops into a brief lesson in philosophy, with...

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