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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

Not as good as Sherlock Holmes, but not bad either. Collection of short stories, some with interesting endings.

Zauvek ćemo biti uskraćeni za sve horor priče koje Artur Konan Dojl nije napisao. Odavno nisam osećala tu strepnju, taj užas sudbinama likova sa papira - zna Dojl kako da mi zaledi krv u žilama pukim poznavanjem ljudske psihologije. Ne opisuj, samo pusti da maštoviti um popuni praznine.

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Tales of Terror and Mystery is a collection of twelve short stories by Arthur Canon Doyle and my first literary experience with him so far. I have to admit that some of stories were truly thrilling.

My ratings on each story:

1. The Horror of the Heights: ⭐ 3.5 stars
2. The Leather Funnel: ⭐ 4 stars

Of the twelve stories included, my favourite was "The Brazilian Cat."

-1 "L'imbuto di cuoio":
Parigi, un uomo, Lionel Dacre, amante dell'esoterismo e colezionista di oggetti curiosi, invita un suo caro amico Inglese a passare la notte nella sua dimora, lì gli farà "conoscere" uno strano oggetto, un vecchio ed enigmatico imbuto di cuoio nero recante lettere e strani seg

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-read.

Arthur Conan Doyle published these short stories later in his career. Half are tales of terror, and the other half are mysteries. It seems that Doyle is much more comfortable with the mysteries, particularly the two relating to railroads: "The Lost Special" and "The Man with the Watches."

The Black D

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 limite

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