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Joan Aiken


Goblin Music

Joan Aiken

This short story originally appeared in the collection The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Family Stories (2008). It can also be found in the anthology The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Three (2009), edited by Jonathan Strahan.

Reading in Bed

Joan Aiken

This story first appaered in the collection The Monkey's Wedding and Other Stories (2011).

Read the full story for free at Tor.com.

The Cold Flame

Joan Aiken

Here is the whisper in the night, the creak upstairs, that half-remembered ghost story that won't let you sleep, the sound that raises gooseflesh, the wish you'd checked the lock on the door before it got really, really dark. Here are tales of suspense and the supernatural that will chill, amuse, and exhilarate...

This story can be found in the collection The People in the Castle: Selected Strange Stories (2016).

Read the full story for free at Tor.com.

The Monkey's Wedding and Other Stories

Joan Aiken

Joan Aiken's stories captivated readers for fifty years. They're funny, smart, gentle, and occasionally very, very scary. The stories in The Monkey's Wedding are collected here for the very first time and include six never before published, as well as two previously published under the pseudonym Nicholas Dee. Here you'll find the story of a village for sale... or is the village itself the story? There's an English vicar who declares on his deathbed that he might have lived an entirely different life. After his death, a large, black, argumentative cat makes an appearance....

This hugely imaginative collection of incongruous, light, and unexpected stories features Shelley Jackson's spooky and eyecatching cover painting inspired by the story "A Mermaid Too Many" and includes introductions by Joan Aiken as well by her daughter, Lizza Aiken.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction by Joan Aiken
  • Introduction by Lizza Aiken
  • Girl in a Whirl
  • Hair
  • Harp Music
  • Honeymaroon
  • Octopi in the Sky
  • Reading in Bed
  • Red-Hot Favourite
  • Second Thoughts
  • Spur of the Moment
  • The Fluttering Thing
  • The Magnesia Tree
  • The Monkey's Wedding
  • The Paper Queen
  • The Sale of Midsummer
  • Water of Youth
  • Wee Robin
  • A Mermaid Too Many
  • Model Wife
The Helper

The People in the Castle: Selected Strange Stories

Joan Aiken

Here is the whisper in the night, the dog whose loyalty outlasted death, the creak upstairs, that half-remembered ghost story that won't let you sleep, the sound that raises gooseflesh, the wish you'd checked the lock on the door before dark fell. Here are tales of suspense and the supernatural that will chill, amuse, and exhilarate. Features a new introduction by the late author's daughter, Lizza Aiken.

Best known for The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Joan Aiken (1924-2004) wrote over a hundred books and won the Guardian and Edgar Allan Poe awards. After her first husband's death, she supported her family by copyediting at Argosy magazine and an advertising agency before turning to fiction. She went on to write for Vogue, Good Housekeeping, Vanity Fair, Argosy, Women's Own, and many others. Visit her online at joanaiken.com.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction by Kelly Link
  • "The Power of Storytelling: Joan Aiken's Strange Stories" by Lizza Aiken
  • Cold Flame
  • The Dark Streets of Kimball's Green
  • Furry Night
  • Hope
  • Humblepuppy
  • The Lame King
  • The Last Specimen
  • A Leg Full of Rubies
  • Listening
  • Lob's Girl
  • The Man Who Had Seen the Rope Trick
  • The Mysterious Barricades
  • Old Fillikin
  • The People in the Castle
  • A Portable Elephant
  • A Room Full of Leaves
  • She Was Afraid of Upstairs
  • Some Music for the Wicked Countess
  • Sonata for Harp and Bicycle
  • Watkyn, Comma

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Wolves Chronicles: Book 1

Joan Aiken

Wicked wolves and a grim governess threaten Bonnie and her cousin Sylvia when Bonnie's parents leave Willoughby Chase for a sea voyage. Left in the care of the cruel Miss Slighcarp, the girls can hardly believe what is happening to their once happy home. The servants are dismissed, the furniture is sold, and Bonnie and Sylvia are sent to a prison-like orphan school. It seems as if the endless hours of drudgery will never cease.

With the help of Simon the gooseboy and his flock, they escape. But how will they ever get Willoughby Chase free from the clutches of the evil Miss Slighcarp?

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