"Darkness Descends" is a collection of the 12 greatest short fictions from across the world, bringing together works from masters of the genre. Chosen for their timeless quality, readers will be delighted to see some of their favorite authors:
Guy de Maupassant, Edith Nesbit, Oliver Onions, M. R. James, Robert Bloch, H. H. Munro (Saki), Charles Dickens, Bram Stoker, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The character of Sexton Blake was built in England during the late 19th century.
This was elaborated in the first part of this book published by us. This volume compiles 15 adventures of Sexton Blake, originally published between1908 and 1925, unfortunately it was not possible to get the names of the authors who might have written these stories with surety, so we are not able to add any writer names.
As written by the writer himself : "In my Peasant Life in Bengal I make the peasant boy Govinda spend some hours every evening in listening to stories told by an old woman, who was called Sambhu’s mother, and who was the best story-teller in the village. On reading that passage, Captain R. C. Temple, of the Bengal Staff Corps, son of the distinguished Indian administrator Sir Richard Temple, wrote to me to say how interesting it would be to get a collection of those unwritten stories which old women in India recite to little children in the evenings, and to ask whether I could not make such a collection.
So I did that, all the stories were in Bengali, and I translated them into English. "
The cult of the Kanphata Yogis is a definite unit within Hinduism, and its study is essential for understanding this phase of the religious life of India. In analysing the different aspects of this cult the author has drawn upon various sources, such as the legends, folk-lore and the formulated texts of this sect.
This remarkable book was written for the parents of the Italian poor. But it is about poor everywhere: their anger is the anger of every worker and peasant who sees middle-class children absorbed effortlessly into schools as teacher’s favorites.
Eight young Italian boys from the mountains outside Florence wrote this passionate and eloquent book. It took them a year. Simple and clearly, with some devastating statistical analysis of the Italian education system, they set out to show the ways in which attitudes towards class, behavior, language and subject-matter militates against the poor. They describe too, the reforms they propose, and the methods they use in their own school - the School of Barbiana, started under the guidance of a parish priest and now run entirely by the children.
Letter to a Teacher was a best seller in Italy and has been published subsequently in many languages.
Of the rare contemporary works, which throw light on the social life of the Calcutta of Warren Hastings and Sir Philp Francis one of the rarest and certainly the most interesting is the Original Letters of Mrs. Fay. The book introduces Mrs. Fay and her husband to us on 18th April 1779, and in July 1795, the narrative leaves her, at a low ebb in her fortunes.
Mrs. Fay survived to see Calcutta in her youth and other places from then Egypt, Malabar, Murshidabad to "Chandernagore".
Well, In that time, as it has been observed, Calcutta, being a place of frequent partings, is, in consequence, a place of short memories.
Mrs. Fay, in advanced years, returned to Calcutta, about a year before her death, and set to work to put her letters into print, it may indeed be wondered how it is that a book so often laid under contribution, so full of adventures, containing so many clearly cut descriptions of interesting persons and place.
Pradosh Chandra Mitter - yes, he is the same person as you imagined, but not with exact characteristics. He is not a detective by profession but solving crime is indeed his passion. His well-known companion Lalu babu is with him.
In this book Pradosh solves three mysteries. Yes, you can definitely say this is a fan fiction.
Do you know that 4500-year-old Indus script signs were in use much after the Harappan era, when Indus civilization is believed to have been ended ?Are you aware of the use of Royal monograms of Indus in Maurya, Kushan and Gupta Era and also outside India e.g. Greece?
In this book writer used a different technique to decipher Indus script via phonetic values of basic Indus signs, vowel diacritics ,letters used to mention quantity (number, volume and weight) etc. He has gone through the pottery inscriptions first and tablets thereafter and then discussed about the names and other words found in Indus seals and inscribed on other items.
Out of 4000 inscriptions found so far , of which 2000 are still readable, Rajat was able to read 1,296 Sarasvati Scripts, it took 15 years .
Now all his methods and the journey to decipher the Script has been put into this book.