Category: Anthologies

The Game: Original Stories Inspired by Richard Connell’s “The Most Dangerous Game”

“The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell is one of those short stories everyone has either heard about or read. First published in 1924, the story is about Sanger Rainsford, a big game hunter who finds himself marooned on an island off the coast of South America. He finds a large palatial estate on the island inhabited by a former tsarist general, Zaroff, and his deaf-mute servant Ivan. Rainsford discovers Zaroff has been hunting shipwrecked sailors as game on his estate ever since he became bored of animal hunting. Zaroff turns the hunter into the hunted in his next game, but Rainsford is able to elude the general with his superior skills. It’s implied Rainsford triumphs in the end.

STRANGE TALES OF THE CURIOUSLY UNCOMMON by Andrew Bliss

These short stories by Andrew Bliss are worth the afternoon it will take to read them. Dark and amusing, they are all set in present day London. Which ties it into a specific locale, but can make reading them difficult for the *ahem* Thames challenged. Also illustrated with some wicked photographs.