Taking its title from a group of stories that begin the book, Bream Gives Me Hiccups moves from contemporary LA to the dorm rooms of an American college to ancient Pompeii, throwing the listener into a universe of social misfits, reimagined scenes from history, and ridiculous overreactions. In one piece a tense email exchange between a young man and his girlfriend is taken over by the man's sister, who is obsessed with the Bosnian genocide ("The situation reminds me of a little historical blip called the Karadordevo agreement").
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Scary Stories for Kids presents two classic chillers certain to spark the imaginations of boys and ghouls everywhere. "Staley Fleming's Hallucination" tells the story of a murderer and the ghostly image of the victim's loyal dog that seeks unspeakable revenge. "The Bottle Imp" recounts the story of Keawe, a young Hawaiian who comes into possession of a bottle that grants his every wish, but at a cost that may be higher than he wants to pay.
Midnight Shadows features two classics of horror and the supernatural. "Young Goodman Brown" is the chilling story of a young Puritan man who finds himself drawn into a world of witchcraft and unspeakable black magic. "The Ash Tree" is the tale of Sir Richard, who encounters an ancient tree that harbors a dark and grotesque secret.
One evening, against the wishes of his frightened wife, young Puritan Goodman Brown embarks on a mysterious errand that leads him through the skeletal woods to a Black Mass being held by his fellow townsmen. His life is forever changed by contact with the evil congregation. And his horror is amplified by the attendance of one participant in whom he had placed his greatest trust.
This whimsical collection of Christmas stories is sure to delight children of all ages. Includes the holiday favorites "Santa Claus Does Not Forget", "The Doll's Christmas Party", "Little Girl's Christmas", "Jimmy Scarecrow's Christmas", "The First Christmas Tree", and "Mama's Happy Christmas".
A wonderful holiday excerpt from the classic Little Women features all of your favorite characters as they prepare to celebrate Christmas in their enthusiastic, optimistic, take-no-prisoners fashion.
A charming, heart-felt collection of Christmas stories and poems that will delight the entire family. Includes F. Scott Fitzgerald's "A Luckless Santa Claus", "A Christmas Dinner" by Charles Dickens, O. Henry's classic Christmas story "The Gift of the Magi", the hilarious "Reginald on Christmas Presents" by Saki (H.H. Munro), and a tender scene exerpted from Little Women.
At the urging of his darling Ms. Harmon, Talbot finds himself on a Christmas Eve mission to give away all the money in his pockets. Not quite as easy to do as one might think, Talbot soon realizes, as his generosity is rebuffed with scorn and a punch in the nose. The wry, touching ending is filled with charity and optimism as Talbot returns home sans money, but with two new acquaintances.
"Great story, poor sound"
With their mother ill on Christmas, her children decide to put on a show. With the help of their nurse, they give their mom a darling Christmas gift that she will never forget.
Two children take in a poor, hungry child one Christmas Eve and, to their delight, the child bestows upon them the most wonderful of gifts: a magnificent, magical tree.
Set amidst the islands of Hawaii, "The Bottle Imp" tells the tale of Keawe, a young man who comes into possession of a bottle containing a shadowy creature that grants his every wish. Of course, nothing is free, as Keawe soon discovers. He learns that he must get rid of the bottle or suffer a terrible fate. But getting rid of the bottle is not as easy at it would seem.