'The Spotted Beast' Chapter 1: A High Value Target, Continued Things are not going well for our hero. But at least he is safe and sound in an Army hospital. Or is he? Things are getting weird to say the least.  How about the captain's good idea? Maybe not so good for some. And our...
'The Spotted Beast' Chapter 1: A High Value Target This is an alternate history in which our hero, Jake Charloe, is drawn back to what I believe was the pivotal year for the native peoples of America 1634. It was in this year that the French Jesuits led by the intrepid Jean de Brebeuf (aka le...
Chapter XXVI: The History of the Beautiful Zeenab, the Curdish Slave (Part 2) Nothing, however, could stop the volubility of his wife, or calm her rage.From her husband she fell on Zeenab, and from Zeenab she returned again to her husband, until she foamed at the mouth. She was not...
'Colossus of Ylourgne' Chapter 2: Gathering of the Dead Following is the second chapter of "Colossus of Ylourgne," a 1934 novella by author Clark Ashton Smith that is set in his land of Averoigne, a dark fantasy version of a medieval province in southern France.
Chapter XXVI: The History of the Beautiful Zeenab, the Curdish Slave (Part 1) It is very certain that I never looked up to any one as my mother; but was brought up at hazard among our women, and that my earliest friend was a foal, that live as an inmate with us. It was born in the very...
'Colossus of Ylourgne' Chapter 1: Flight of the Necromancer Following is the first chapter of "Colossus of Ylourgne," a 1934 novella by author Clark Ashton Smith that is set in his land of Averoigne, a dark fantasy version of a medieval province in southern France. Suffice it to say that...
Chapter XXV: The Lovers Meet Again and are Very Happy. Hajji Baba Sings. "Come, Hajji," said she, "banish all fear; no one is here but Zeenab, and if our luck is good, we may have the whole day to ourselves. I have barred all the doors; and should anyone come, you will have time...
Chapter XXIV: The Fair Zeenab Relates How She Passes Her time in the Doctor's Harem I learnt from my fair friend that she was the daughter of a Kurdish chief, who, with his whole family, including his flocks and herds, had been made prisoner when she was quite a child;...
Chapter XXIII: Hajji Baba Falls in Love At this moment she let her veil fall, as if by chance, and I had time to look again upon her face, which was even more beautiful than I had imagined. Her eyes were large and peculiarly black, and fringed by long lashes, which, aided by the collyrium with which they were...
Chapter XXII: Hajji Baba Asks the Doctor for a Salary, and of the Success of His Demand "A salary indeed!" exclaimed the doctor. "I never give salaries. My servants get what they can from my patients, and you may do the same; they eat the remains of my dinner, and they receive a...
Chapter XXI: He describes the Manner in Which the Shah of Persia Takes Medicine It seems that the king gave him the history of his complaints -- and of his debility, of his old asthma, and his imperfect digestion, but talked in raptures of the wretch's sagacity and penetration:...
Hajji Baba Chapter XX: He Succeeds in Deceiving Two of the Faculty, Getting a Pill from One and a Piece of Gold from the Other I accordingly stepped into one of the old clothes' shops in the bazaar, and hired a cloak for myself, such as the scribes wear; and...

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