The Top 10 Short Stories - Madness

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2024
7 hours 6 minutes
Short stories have always been a sort of instant access into an author's brain, their soul and heart. A few pages can lift our lives into locations, people and experiences with a sweep of landscape, narration, feelings and emotions that is difficult to achieve elsewhere.

In this series we try to offer up tried and trusted 'Top Tens' across many different themes and authors. But any anthology will immediately throw up the questions - Why that story? Why that author?

The theme itself will form the boundaries for our stories which range from well-known classics, newly told, to stories that modern times have overlooked but perfectly exemplify the theme. Throughout the volume our authors whether of instant recognition or new to you are all leviathans of literature.

Some you may disagree with but they will get you thinking; about our choices and about those you would have made. If this volume takes you on a path to discover more of these miniature masterpieces then we have all gained something.

In this volume our esteemed authors tackle the difficult subject of madness, its forms of expressions and the usually dark consequences of its nature. Our literary storytellers include Nathaniel Hawthorne, Anatole France, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, H P Lovecraft and many others. What they reveal is both riveting and disturbing.

1 - The Top 10 Short Stories - Madness - An Introduction
2 - The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
3 - Diary of a Madman by Nikolai Gogol
4 - The Fall of the House of Usher - Part 1 by Edgar Allan Poe
5 - The Fall of the House of Usher - Part 2 by Edgar Allan Poe
6 - The Mass of Shadows by Anatole France
7 - The Devil In Manuscript by Nathaniel Hawthorne
8 - The Call of Cthulhu - Part 1 by H P Lovecraft
9 - The Call of Cthulhu - Part 2 by H P Lovecraft
10 - Hide And Seek or Pliatki by Fyodor Sologub
11 - Brothers by Sherwood Anderson
12 - A Red Flower by Vsevolod Garshin
13 - Diary of a Lunatic by Leo Tolstoy
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