Classic Fiction in Electronic Format

This portion of the Fiction Archive is dedicated to classic fantasy, sci-fi, mysteries, and more.
To the best of our knowledge, all works presented are in the public domain, unless specifially noted as otherwise. If we're wrong, please contact us.

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Mystery fans! For a listing of mystery tales available in the Fiction Archive, visit "Tales of Lust and Crime"

Fantasy readers! Read out-of-print "Dragonlance" short stories by Steve Miller here!

"The Efficiency Expert" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
A crime novel of an arrogant college athelete who graduates and runs head-long into the seamy side of real life
Part One * Part Two * Part Three


Complete Novels and Short Story Collections

"A Houseboat on the River Styx" by John Kendrick Bangs
New life for a literary comedy classic, revised from "A Houseboat on the Styx" and "In Pursuit of the Houseboat."
Read about the hijinx of the Associated Shades of Hades.

"The Oakdale Affair" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
A rarely reprinted mystery novel by the creator of Tarzan

"The Adventures of Professor Challenger" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The three greatest tales of irrepressible scientific genius Professor G.E. Challenger

"The Brazilian Cat and Other Tales" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Seven short works from the creator of Sherlock Holmes and Professor Challenger

"Strange Problems" by Anna Katharine Green
Quirky tales of detection with the sluething debutante, Violet Strange

"Tales of Colonel Starbottle" by Bret Harte
Humor, Romance, and Law Practice in the Old American West

"The Lost Continent" by C. J. Cutliffe Hyne
A novel-length tale of intrigue, love, and danger in legendary Atlantis
This portion of the Archive also features other Atlantis references: Plato's original tale of Atlantis, Sir Francis Bacon's work "The New Atlantis," and a collection of links to the web's best Atlantis-themed sites.

"Tales of Mystery and the Fantastic" by Edgar Allan Poe
Selections from one of the creators of the mystery genre

"Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus" by Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley
The original tale of a man, his monster, and science gone terribly wrong

"The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson
A novella of mystery, suspense, and mad science

"The Valley of Spiders and Other Tales of Horror and Humour" by H.G. Wells
An online anthology of rarely reprinted non science fiction shorts by the revered science fiction master

Short Works by Various Authors
E.F. Benson: Mrs. Amworth * Ambrose Bierce: Fantastic Fables (Excerpts)
Bret Harte: The Ghosts of Stukeley Castle * Henry James: The Altar of the Dead
Ruyard Kipling: The Mother Hive & The Bees and the Flies * Frank R. Stockton: The Lady, or the Tiger

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