Where do these stories come from? What influenced the people who wrote them? What other stories did that person write? What are similar stories that you can enjoy? This is the place to answer all those questions. Join us online and in person at our shows in our comfortable Story Corner and pick up a book or two to explore.
Raven-Winged Hours: An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
It is astonishing how many people are in love with Poe's mysterious life and work. Learning about him in the process of writing this show was a real treat. If you liked our production of Raven-Winged Hours, you might like these similar stories.
By Edgar Allan Poe
This collectable hardbound deluxe edition is beautifully crafted and designed. A compilation of Edgar Allan Poe’s well-known works, this edition is perfect as a keepsake. It includes some of his timeless masterpieces namely ‘Annabel Lee’, ‘The Raven’, ‘To Helen’, ‘MS. Found in a Bottle’, ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’, ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’, ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ and ‘The Gold-Bug’ among others. Also included are his seminal essays, Poe’s review of the Twice-Told Tales, and a selection of his letters written to the editors of periodicals, his friends, his wife and to Mrs. Whitman.
By Bram Stoker
“There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.” ― Bram Stoker, Dracula
Dracula is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker.Famous for introducing the character of the vampire Count Dracula, the novel tells the story of Dracula's attempt to move from Transylvania to England so he may find new blood and spread undead curse, and the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing.
By Roger Luckhurst (Editor)
The heady decadence of the late Victorian era was caught nowhere better than in the revival of the Gothic tale in the late Victorian age, where the undead walked and evil curses, foul murder, doomed inheritance and sexual menace played on the stretched nerves of the new mass readerships. This anthology collects together some of the most famous examples of the Gothic tale in the 1890s, with stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, Vernon Lee, Henry James and Arthur Machen, as well as some lesser known tales from the era. The introduction explores reasons for the Gothic revival, and how it spoke to the anxieties of the time.
A Sherlock Holmes Christmas
Arthus Conan Doyle's memorable character Sherlock Holmes shaped the course of detective fiction from the moment he walked into the scene. If you liked A Sherlock Holmes Christmas, you might enjoy these similar stories of deduction and adventure.
By Arthus Coan Doyle
When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle introduced the world to Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson in 1887's A Study in Scarlet, a true icon of literature was born. Bound in a rich, collector's cover, this deluxe and expansive edition is the definitive collection for fans of the great detective. It contains all of Conan Doyle's stories - four novels and a colossal 56 short stories - complete and unabridged, encompassing the entirety of the legendary author's Sherlock Holmes work.
By Nancy Springer
A young girl who is empowered, capable, and smart...the Enola Holmes book series convey an impactful message that you can do anything if you set your mind to it, and it does so in an exciting and adventurous way."--Millie Bobby Brown
Enola Holmes is back! Nancy Springer's nationally bestselling series and breakout Netflix sensation returns to beguile readers young and old in Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche.
By Graham Moore
In December 1893, Sherlock Holmes-adoring Londoners eagerly opened their Strand magazines, anticipating the detective's next adventure, only to find the unthinkable: his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, had killed their hero off. Then in 1901, just as abruptly as Conan Doyle had "murdered" Holmes in "The Final Problem," he resurrected him. Conan Doyle never explained this sudden change of heart. After his death, one of his journals from the interim period was discovered to be missing, and in the decades since, has never been found.... Or has it?
Shakespeare's spookiest tragedy has moved hearts and minds for hundreds of years. If you enjoyed our presentation of Macbeth, you might enjoy these similar stories.
By William Shakespeare
A compilation of the greatest tragedies ever written by William Shakespeare, this edition comprises Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, and Othellofive plays which are immensely popular, regularly studied, frequently performed, and have inspired countless adaptations, operas, poetry, and paintings. First published in the First Folio in 1623, these plays are worthy of being included in the list of the worlds finest tragic literature.
By Christopher Marlowe
One of the most durable myths in Western culture, the story of Faust tells of a learned German doctor who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge and power. Early enactments of Faust's damnation were often the raffish fare of clowns and low comedians. But the young Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe (1564–1593) recognized in the story of Faust's temptation and fall the elements of tragedy.
By Rebecca Reisert
In this stirring debut novel, Rebecca Reisert enters the world of Shakespeare's Macbeth, in which a young woman's search for vengeance plunges her into a legendary tale of deceit, murder, and retribution. Gilly finds work in the kitchen of her enemy's castle. Soon she insinuates herself into the lives of Macbeth and his beautiful, dangerous wife, subtly manipulating the forces governing their fate. But as Gilly moves closer to her private revenge, she finds herself at risk when she confronts the startling legacy of a long-concealed heritage.
The Man of Destiny
Napoleon is a larger-than-life figure in the history of France. A soldier, a general, a tyrant, a dangerous strategist, and a lover of women. If you enjoyed The Man of Destiny, you might also enjoy these stories.
By Andrew Roberts
The definitive biography of the great soldier-statesman by the acclaimed author of Churchill and The Last King of America. Austerlitz, Borodino, Waterloo: his battles are among the greatest in history, but Napoleon Bonaparte was far more than a military genius and astute leader of men. Andrew Roberts's Napoleon is the first one-volume biography to take advantage of the recent publication of Napoleon's thirty-three thousand letters, which radically transform our understanding of his character and motivation.
By Annemarie Selinko
"To be young, in France, and in love: fourteen-year-old Desiree can't believe her good fortune. Her fiance, a dashing and ambitious Napoleon Bonaparte, is poised for battlefield success, and no longer will she be just a French merchant's daughter. A love story, but so much more, Desiree explores the landscape of a young heart torn in two, giving readers a compelling true story of an ordinary girl whose unlikely brush with history leads to a throne no one would have expected.
By George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw demanded truth and despised convention. He punctured hollow pretensions and smug prudishness—coating his criticism with ingenious and irreverent wit. In Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Arms and the Man, Candida, and Man and Superman, the great playwright satirizes society, military heroism, marriage, and the pursuit of man by woman. These four plays are among the foremost dramas of the age—as intellectually stimulating as they are thoroughly enjoyable.
Cyrano de Bergerac
The first story we want to tell you is the story of Cyrano de Bergerac, swordsman, poet, romantic, idealist, and tragic hero and if you like the sound of that, you might enjoy these similar books.
By Alexandre Dumas
A timeless tale of adventure, romance, intrigue, and revenge, it is the captivating story of d’Artagnan, a young man of Gascony, who is determined to become a Musketeer of the Royal Guard. Through his wit and skill with a sword, he befriends the other Musketeers, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. Together they must foil the nefarious plotting of Cardinal Richelieu against the King and Queen.
By William Goldman
Here William Goldman’s beloved story of Buttercup, Westley, and their fellow adventurers finally receives a beautiful illustrated treatment. A tale of true love and high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and a frightening assortment of wild beasts—The Princess Bride is a modern storytelling classic.
By Cyrano de Bergerac
French dramatist Cyrano de Bergerac tells of his fictional attempts to reach a lunar civilization that sees the Earth as its own moon, and the curious beings he finds there. This satirical novel, poking fun at the social and political mores of the time, is one of the earliest science fiction stories – including the first envisioning of a rocket-powered space flight, all the way back in 1657!