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This story by Saki is one I love to perform - whiny kids, a cranky curmudgeon, and great storytelling! Perfect!
A French woman's desire to wear diamonds, just once, changes the course of her life. Guy de Maupassant's most famous story by far.
From an early chapter in the novel "Three Men in a Boat" by Jerome K. Jerome comes this anecdote of the world's worst handyman. One of my wife's favorite stories, for reasons I don't want to think about....
"The Cask of Amontillado"
One of several Edgar Allan Poe stories I love to tell. Can a simple lie during the festivities of Mardi Gras lure a man to his death? The narrator certainly hopes so....
"What Stumped the Bluejays"
Mark Twain reflects on the personality of the species and tells of one very stubborn - and foul-mouthed - bluejay. This story makes frequent appearances in "Laugh-Out-Loud Favorites," and though I do at least five Twain pieces, this one is most common.
"The Cremation of Sam McGee"
A tall tale in rhyme of the frozen north. "A promise made is a debt unpaid" - but can Robert Service's old prospector fulfill a dying wish?
"After Twenty Years"
A man waits in a darkened doorway in turn-of-the-century New York City in this story by O. Henry. He's waited 20 years for this meeting - but will it go as he expects?
"The Monkey's Paw"
W.W. Jacob's famous story spins a horrifying twist on wish fulfillment. A man may have three wishes granted on the withered paw ... but he'll wish he hadn't ...
Another story by Saki! A totally unknown tale, a little scene about that curse of the season, the thank-you note.
An original story by me - an essay, really, in two parts, on the subject of belief. No Santa, but there are a couple of elves.
"The Bottle Imp"
A tale by Robert Louis Stevenson of Hawaiian romance and magical wishes. Long, but terrific.
"The Diaries of Adam and Eve"
One of my favorite love stories: Mark Twain's peek into the thoughts and complaints of the world's first couple. I love this one!
"The Ransom of Red Chief"
The O. Henry classic! Two kidnappers meet their match in one wild redheaded terror. See where your sympathies are by the end of the story.
"The Lady, or the Tiger?"
You may be more familiar with the term than the actual story, of "semi-barbaric" justice. The author invites us to wonder: What would you do if faced by this choice? And what would you do if a loved one had to?
"In the Vault"
I LOVE this story! Perfectly formed, perfectly written - part of my absolute first Creepy Classics performance, and one I've enjoyed pulling out often since then. A village undertaker trapped overnight in a crypt full of coffins ... and the imagination of H.P. Lovecraft. Enjoy!
"The Man of Science"
"Nearly unknown" describes both the story and the author, but this new favorite never fails to chill the audience. New to me, that is - it's over 100 years old. Can vengeance reach out, even from beyond the grave? ... You better believe it!
"The Masque of the Red Death"
Another by Poe, this time a fable of a time of plague, and the hubris of a prince who felt he could dance while the peasants died ...