Summer is coming soon and it will be time to put away those electronic devices, head off to a campsite in the mountains or at the seashore where you can lay back in a hammock, or gather near the lantern and enjoy reading some real books. Click the book links below, to preview the anthology and Click the story titles to preview the stories. Then click the authors names and scroll down to see other anthologies containing their work.
– enjoy, foxtale
Recall those youthful days at camp with a literary camp tour provided in the anthology Camp Staff Escalator. Enjoy stories that run the gamut from excitement to humor by modern writers as well as classic writers such as Jack London, Bret Harte and Mark Twain.
… I followed an ostensibly lame turkey over a considerable part of the United States one morning, because I believed in her and could not think she would deceive a mere boy, and one who was trusting her and considering her honest… – from Hunting the Deceitful Turkey by Mark Twain.
What’s camping without sitting around the campfire, and as it dwindles to glowing embers, having a few spooky stories to tell around the campfire, or to read aloud in the flickering light of the camp lantern? The AB Library has an anthology From The Shadows which presents a collection of short stories about vampires! Some are macabre, some are humorous, and there’s even Dracula’s Guest, the short story by Bram Stoker that initiated the whole genre of stories about the undead.
…The Swiss conductor struggled with English. The Italians seemed to understand, however, for they turned to look at Shelley as the train began its ascent into the Alps. “Carry no valuables at the body and let no strangers in the compartment.” His Swiss accent gave his consonants a scratchy quality. “Turn the lock, and push the bolt.”
“Robbers?” Shelley asked, disbelieving. “Are you saying there might be robbers on the train?” This was a danger she hadn’t foreseen.
“Robbers – yes,” he said gravely, rubbing his red moustache. “And vampires.”
She gulped. “You’re joking.” But the Italians nodded emphatically… – from Night Train by Rayne Hall
Stars in the night sky above your campground might remind you that is been a while since you read some good science fiction. The anthology Celestial Horizons offers short stories of travelers in space, including To Kiss The Star, the 2002 Nebula nominated story by Amy Sterling Casil.
… “Number Eight, I did not incur untold debt with the bankers of D’Or to build this station just so those spacers could tear it apart. Get out there and end this brawl.” “Mother, they are ammonia breathers. What else do you expect from them,” her offspring protested. …What would the new species think of Labyrinth! Brawls threatening to mix atmospheres, cowardly progeny, toxic drinks too near the airlocks. “I have provided a safe friendly place for species to make contact, negotiate trade and solve mutual problems,” she nearly screamed at her negligent son, “And you jeopardize it all.”…. -from First Contact Cafe by Irene Radford
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Also in the AB data base is another story by Irene Radford, Little Red In The Hood, a saucy and irreverent twist on the traditional Little Red Riding Hood tale, that takes place in the big city.