Seventeen tales include Max Beerbohm's "Enoch Soames," in which an obscure poet makes a deal with the devil and travels forward in time to discover history's verdict of his work; "Laura," by Saki, a witty and moving perspective on death and loss that recounts a dead woman's reincarnation as an animal that plagues her friends; "The Three Sisters," by W. W. Jacobs, author of "The Monkey's Paw," involving a plot to expedite an inheritance by simulating a ghostly visitation; "The Pavilion," by E. Nesbit, in which a pair of romantic rivals challenge each other to spend the night at a haunted pavilion; and "The King Waits," Clemence Dane's account of the final five minutes before Anne Boleyn's execution. Additional stories include the works of Algernon Blackwood, M. R. James, Lord Dunsany, and others.
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