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Tales of Terror and Mystery

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Book Overview: 

Though Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is best known for his detective stories, he also wrote other short stories which are masterpieces of mystery and suspense. In some of the stories in “Tales of Terror and Mystery”, a suppressed uneasiness gradually builds up and evolves into sheer terror. In others, the story line unexpectedly changes and comes to a horrific conclusion.

Sit back in the comfort of your armchair and let yourself be transported to the strange but compelling world created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .They swung along, with the huge tombs looming up through the darkness upon each side of them, until they had come as far as the Catacombs of St. Calistus, and saw against a rising moon the great circular bastion of Cecilia Metella in front of them. Then Burger stopped with his hand to his side.

"Your legs are longer than mine, and you are more accustomed to walking," said he, laughing. "I think that the place where we turn off is somewhere here. Yes, this is it, round the corner of the trattoria. Now, it is a very narrow path, so perhaps I had better go in front and you can follow."

He had lit his lantern, and by its light they were enabled to follow a narrow and devious track which wound across the marshes of the Campagna. The great Aqueduct of old Rome lay like a monstrous caterpillar across the moonlit landscape, and their road led them under one of its huge arches, and past the circle of crumbling bricks which marks the old arena. At la. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Reviewers have suggested that the tales of terror in this Conan Doyle collection show that these themes are no longer frightening to us - monsters in the high altitudes? Something that has absorbed the bad vibes of its history? Being locked in dark and close places? Monstrous creatures that have...more

I had a highly abridged collection of Sherlock Holmes tales as a young lad, and I can now safely say that they don't hold a candle to the complete works. I was left with that special sadness one feels when losing a long time friend upon completion of these stories. I had to stop reading for a tic...more

Ini buku kubeli secara tidak sengaja-- tanpa ancang-ancang maupun rencana untuk beli ini sebelumnya.

Tapi untunglah, aku membelinya.

Buku ini berisi 13 kisah-kisah pendek dengan tema misteri, yang kemudian dibagi jadi dua bagian: bagian pertama, "Terror", berisi cerpen2 fokus pada gejolak batin se...more

WHEN I WAS 17 YEARS OLD, MANY YEARS AGO, I STARTED TO READ THIS BOOK AND IMMEDIATELY LOST INTEREST. PERHAPS I WAS TOO YOUNG TO APPRECIATE THE USE OF THE PROPER ENGLISH LANGUAGE. I ALWAYS REGRETTED NOT FINISHING THE BOOK AND DECIDED TO TRY AGAIN. I OWN A HARD COPY AND ALSO HAVE COPY OF THE BOOK ON...more

I've long been a fan of Sherlock Holmes, but have only read bits and pieces of Doyle's other works. I know a lot are supposed to be (or so critcs will say) a bit pulpy, but this isn't something that bothers me. I enjoy a bit of melodrama, even if it's over the top at times - and Doyle definitely...more

Being a huge fan of the BBC series, I decided it was tie to read the stories it was based on. Since this is a compilation of several novels and short stories, I've decided to add to this review as I finish stories.

A Study in Scarlet - 4 stars:
I was really surprised by how easy this was to read....more

This is the collection of stories that had convinced me about the incredible storytelling ability of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. People tend to remember him only as the creator of Sherlock Holmes. But these stories are miniature classics in building of suspense, mystery and horror.
Absolutely must-rea...more

The perfect book for those who think Arthur Conan Doyle only wrote stories about Sherlock Holmes. This collection, divided into "Tales of Terror" and "Tales of Mystery", strengthens the argument that Doyle would have been remembered even if he did not create the famous detective. I prefer the tal...more

When we talk about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes always seems to be one of the first things that spring to mind. Sadly for this Scottish writer, this turned into both a blessing and a curse. Firstly, Sherlock Holmes remains a seminal part of crime writing and English literature, but lim...more

I seem to find myself on a bit of a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle kick lately. I've been throughly enjoying his work but wanted to take a short break from Sherlock Holmes. What is an avid reader to do? Why, pick up "Tales of Terror and Mystery", of course!

This volume is broken up into two parts. The fir...more

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