A brand-new collection of chilling stories by master of horror Kim Newman, in which Jack the Ripper still stalks the streets, Frankenstein's monster rises from the Arctic ice, and the terrifying legacy of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde haunts fog-shrouded London. This volume also includes a brand-new exclusive Anno Dracula story, 'Yokai Town: Anno Dracula 1899', which sets the scene for the forthcoming novel Anno Dracula 1999: Daikaiju. 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Gaminara. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/011520/bk_adbl_011520_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jack London's tales of man's struggle against the forces of nature are universally popular. Best known for his novels The Call of the Wild and White Fang, London was also a prolific writer of short stories. This collection brings together four of his finest, all depicting the harshness of life in the frozen arctic wastes. 'The Law of Life' and 'The White Silence' offer sensitive insights into the psychological state of men facing death in the wildness; the lure of gold grips the heartstrings of two opportunists with disastrous consequence in 'In a Far Country'; and 'An Odyssey of the North' recounts one man's painful quest to reclaim the women he loves. The reader William Dufris has worked thoughout Britain and the United States in theatre and has made numerous television and radio appearances for the BBC. 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Dufris. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/copy/000136/bk_copy_000136_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Published in 1903, The Call of the Wild is an American literary treasure. Set in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon Territory during the 1890s Klondike gold rush, this fictional tale opens when Buck, a dog that is part St. Bernard and part Scotch shepherd, is kidnapped from his comfortable home in Northern California. He soon finds himself heading north where large, strong sled dogs are in high demand. Buck learns to adapt to the frozen, Arctic land. Over time he loses the social skills he had as a prized pet of a California judge. Instead he learns to live by the “law of club and fang”, as he is forced to fight to survive and dominate other dogs. By the end, he sheds the veneer of civilization and relies on primordial instinct and learned experience to emerge as a leader in the wild. Other London stories set around the rush for gold in this book include: “To Build a Fire”, “To the Man on the Trail”, “The Men of 40 Mile”, “The Son of the Wolf”, and several more. There also is a short biography about Jack London written by Alaska author/historian Laurel Downing Bill. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Riemann. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/160734/bk_acx0_160734_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A terrifying 1930s ghost story set in the haunting wilderness of the far north.January 1937. Clouds of war are gathering over a fogbound London. Twenty-eight year old Jack is poor, lonely and desperate to change his life. So when he's offered the chance to join an Arctic expedition, he jumps at it. Spirits are high as the ship leaves Norway: five men and eight huskies, crossing the Barents Sea by the light of the midnight sun. At last they reach the remote, uninhabited bay where they will camp for the next year. Gruhuken.But the Arctic summer is brief. As night returns to claim the land, Jack feels a creeping unease. One by one, his companions are forced to leave. He faces a stark choice. Stay or go. Soon he will see the last of the sun, as the polar night engulfs the camp in months of darkness. Soon he will reach the point of no return - when the sea will freeze, making escape impossible.And Gruhuken is not uninhabited. Jack is not alone. Something walks there in the dark...
When Josephine Knowles left for the Klondike gold fields with her husband in 1898, she didnt know she would be facing a constant battle with cold, disease, malnutrition, and the ever-present possibility of death. With quiet determination, she resolved to survive, to endure each fresh hardship without complaint, and to be of service to the community around her. Gold Rush in the Klondike is Knowless true story of her year in the Yukon territory, a revealing, never-before-published personal memoir of day-to-day life at the height of the Klondike Gold Rush. Written in a clear, forthright, nineteenth-century style, Gold Rush in the Klondike presents terrifying struggles against a hostile environment, picturesque descriptions of an untouched Arctic wilderness, and Knowless keen observations of men and women on the frontier. A Victorian gentlewoman of refinement, Knowles found herself among swearing, whoring, sometimes violent miners, whom she won over with her grit and compassion. Deciding to never moralize or condemn, Knowles writes frankly of the intense hardships that drove miners into lives of drink and dissipation and the frontier women who were forced to make stark choices between prostitution and starvation. Knowless adventures include encounters with author Jack London (Knowles firmly disapproved of Londons cruel mistreatment of his sled dogs), nursing miners during a typhoid outbreak until she fell ill herself, witnessing savage fights among the miners, dangerous travel through the mountain passes and river rapids of the Yukon, and a daring surreptitious visit to a gambling saloon. Amid all hardships, Knowles formed warm relationships with the mining community, for, as she put it, All the diseases and other troubles had knitted us into one large family. Illustrated with period photographs, Gold Rush in the Klondike is an invaluable historical document of a lost time and place and an admirable portrait of one womans determination in the face of danger.
Seminar paper from the year 1995 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: good, University of Frankfurt (Main) (Institute for England und America Studies), 3 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: 1. The Author : Jack London (really John Griffith) was born 1876 in San Fransisco and is believed to have been the illegitimate son of William Henry Chaney, an astrologer. Flora Wellman, his mother, married John London soon after Jack's birth. He grew up on the waterfront of Oakland and his schooling was intermittent. Much of his youth was spent on the wrong side of the law. Among other things he was an oyster pirate, and he also spent a month in prison for vagrancy. At the age of 17 he signed on a sailing ship which took him to the Arctic and Japan. Despite his lack of formal education he also became a voracios reader, especially of fiction, as he reported in his autobiographical novel, Martin Eden (1909). In 1896 he joined the gold rush to the Klondike, where he found no gold but gathered ample material for the brutal, vigorous life he portrayed in The Call of the Wild (1903) and White Fang (1906), novels of man and beast struggeling against the overwhelming forces of nature. From Social Darwinism London had absorbed the idea that to survive, man must adapt to irresistible natural forces. Although his writing is often described as an example of literary naturalism, London was most deeply influenced by the seemingly irreconcilable opposites of Nietzsche and Marx. From Nietzsche he borrowed the idea of the super human, evident in its most destructive form in Wolf Larsen, the predatory hero of London's The Sea Wolf (1904). From Marx he took the idea of the need for social reform and of the power of economic determinism, concepts he embodied in his socialistic treatises, The war of the Classes (1905) and The Human Drift (1907), and in his terrifying vision of the coming of totalitarianism, The Iron Heel (1907). From 1900 to 1916 London wrote more than fifty books, earning a million dollars, which he spent quickly and easily as he earned it, in a frantic search for contentment. But London found gratification neither in his writing nor in his personal life, and his last years were marked by struggles with alcoholism and mental disintegration. He died, probably by his own hand, when he was forty.1 [...] ______ 1 All biographical data taken directly from Salzman, Jack (edit.).'The Cambridge Handbook of American Literature'. Cambridge : University Press, 1986. And from McMichael, George (edit.) et al. 'The Anthology of American Literature Volume II.' New York, London : 1980
A terrifying 1930s ghost story set in the haunting wilderness of the far north. January 1937. Clouds of war are gathering over a fogbound London. Twenty-eight year old Jack is poor, lonely and desperate to change his life. So when he's offered the chance to join an Arctic expedition, he jumps at it. Spirits are high as the ship leaves Norway: five men and eight huskies, crossing the Barents Sea by the light of the midnight sun. At last they reach the remote, uninhabited bay where they will camp for the next year. Gruhuken. But the Arctic summer is brief. As night returns to claim the land, Jack feels a creeping unease. One by one, his companions are forced to leave. He faces a stark choice. Stay or go. Soon he will see the last of the sun, as the polar night engulfs the camp in months of darkness. Soon he will reach the point of no return - when the sea will freeze, making escape impossible. And Gruhuken is not uninhabited. Jack is not alone. Something walks there in the dark...
To help stoke the Christmas spirit and provide a respite from the annual blizzard of commercialism and family obligations, these twenty tales offer a heartwarming and enlightening look at Christmas from the perspective of some of America's most gifted and well-loved writers of the early twentieth century and before. Some celebrate traditional Yuletide sentiments while others present surprising twists on the Christmas theme or portray alluring characters involved in unexpected circumstances. Many take place in America, but some are set on foreign soil, such as in Italy and the Arctic. A wide range of social situations is represented (i.e., not all are about New York socialites discovering the true meaning of Christmas), and not every one has a conventional happy ending, but all offer compelling and original insights into the human condition within the context of Christmas. There are well-known tales of love and sacrifice such as O. Henry's 'The Gift of the Magi' but also more obscure stories from other celebrated but perhaps less-well-known authors. Writers represented include Nathaniel Hawthorne, Jack London, Frank Stockton, Mary Agnes Tincker, Robert Grant, Edward Eggleston, Sarah Orne Jewett, Bret Harte, and many others. This compact collection of Christmas literary gems is a perfect gift and will be a treasure for years to come.
This book describes my fifth trip to Alaska where, according to Jack London, once you visit that northern region of the world, it takes a firm hold of your spirit, and you want to return some day. In the summer of 2014, I made a relatively comfortable road trip for six weeks in my 2008 Lexus SUV with which I pulled a 17-foot custom-made travel trailer that cost $30,000. It had a cozy bed, air conditioner, solar power, and a tiny 'wet bath' in which I could almost accomplish my toilet business and take a shower at the same time. I didn't have a great deal of RVing experience under my belt, but it didn't matter to me because I was willing to learn the ropes of RVing and enjoy (or suffer) any consequences along the road. I'm an adventurer by heart. I love to visit new places, meet new people, and experience new ways of living. I'm a free spirit willing to take chances just for the fun of it. I spent over 200 hours preparing for this latest journey by reading many books and articles about traveling to the Arctic region. Because my trailer was almost new, it was in excellent condition; I simply washed it and loaded it with food, dishes, utensils, a small pot, a frying pan, clothing, toiletries, several other personal items, a laptop computer, and maps. I also bought an extra spare tire and rim for the RV. On June 5, 2014 I left my home in Lynden, Washington (state) for the Land of the Midnight Sun, where many exciting adventures awaited me just up the road. I hope you enjoy reading about them. Length: 54 pages