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Short stories 11-15

  • "Death in the Dawntime", by F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre. From The Mammoth Book of Historical Detectives. A detective story set among Australian aborigines, about 35.000 years B.C.E. Interesting.
  • "The Return of the Crusader", by Anonymous. From The Penguin Book of French Short Stories. A very short 15th century story about infidelity. Originally an oral tale, the period's equivalent of an urban legend, told to amuse people at court.
  • "Parties Unknown by the Jury: Or, the Valour of my Tongue", by P.M. Carlson. From Women on the Case. A historical crime story, partly based on a real lynching case. Interesting voice and well written.
  • "The Ruff", by Michael and Mollie Hardwick. From 50 Great Horror Stories. A nasty, haughty girl gets a comeuppance. Historical, Poe-esque and pretty good.
  • "Beauty and the Beast". Fairy tale from Best-loved Folktales of the World. This is the longest and most detailed version I have read of this story. Recommended.

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