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Collections of Short Stories by Arthur Porges

On this page you will find details of all the book collections of Arthur Porges' stories that have been published as well as information on forthcoming titles.

  1. Three Porges Parodies and a Pastiche (1988)

  2. The Mirror and Other Strange Reflections (2002)

  3. Eight Problems in Space: The Ensign De Ruyter Stories (2008)

  4. The Adventures of Stately Homes and Sherman Horn: Being the Compleat Sherlockian Writings of Arthur Porges (2008)

  5. The Calabash of Coral Island and Other Early Stories (2008)

  6. The Miracle of the Bread and Other Stories (2008)

  7. The Devil and Simon Flagg and Other Fantastic Tales (2009)

  8. The Curious Cases of Cyriack Skinner Grey (2009)

  9. The Ruum and Other Science Fiction Stories (2010)

  10. The Rescuer and Other Science Fiction Stories (2014)

  11. Unusual Plants of the Galaxy (2014)


Three Porges Parodies and a Pastiche

by Arthur Porges

Edited by Michael H. Kean
Published by Magico Magazine, 1988

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Michael Kean's elusive but brilliant collection of Arthur Porges' Holmesian spoofs was published by Magico Magazine in 1988. In addition to the four stories, the book contains an informative introduction by the editor, a transcription of a letter from Frederic Dannay to Arthur Porges, and a rare article by Porges entitled "The Other Works of Arthur Conan Doyle." The pastiche, "The Singular Affair of the Aluminium Crutch," was first published in this volume.

Three Porges Parodies and a Pastiche contains the following stories:

  1. An Adventure of Stately Homes
  2. Another Adventure of Stately Homes
  3. Stately Homes ... and the Box
  4. The Singular Affair of the Aluminium Crutch

The Mirror and Other Strange Reflections

by Arthur Porges

Edited by Mike Ashley
Published by Ash-Tree Press, 2002

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This limited edition volume was published in 2002 by Ash-Tree Press. Edited by Mike Ashley, it contains twenty-eight of Porges' weird and supernatural stories, most of them drawn from the pages of old magazines. The book also includes the previously unpublished story "Swamp Demon," in addition to rare stories such as "The Man Who Wouldn't Eat" and Arthur Porges' first published story "Modeled in Clay." With a foreword by Mike Ashley and a fascinating introduction provided by the author himself, this book comes highly recommended.

The Mirror and Other Strange Reflections contains the following stories:

  1. The Mirror
  2. What Crouches in the Deep
  3. Solomon's Demon
  4. Swamp Demon
  5. The Shadowsmith
  6. Brilliant Career
  7. The Shakespeare Manuscript
  8. $1.98
  9. The Other Side
  10. In the Tomb
  11. Puddle
  12. The Fanatical Ford
  13. The Grom
  14. The Second Debut
  15. The Moths
  16. The Man Who Wouldn't Eat
  17. The Fanatic
  18. Nightquake
  19. Josephus
  20. Mystery and Magic on the Steppe
  21. The Lonesome Game
  22. The Forerunner
  23. Modelled in Clay
  24. Words and Music
  25. The Radio
  26. Two Lunchdates with Destiny
  27. 3rd Sister
  28. The Tidings

Eight Problems in Space:
The Ensign De Ruyter Stories

by Arthur Porges

Edited by Richard Simms
Published by The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box, 2008

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Cover painting by Ron Turner

Edited and with an introduction by Richard Simms, this book of science fiction stories was published in 2008 by The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box. With a stunning cover painting by the late Ron Turner, Eight Problems in Space collects together all of Arthur Porges' legendary Ensign De Ruyter tales. Both ingenious and exciting, this book will delight fans of stories that feature a traditional "scientific puzzle." Seven of these tales, long out-of-print, have been culled from the pages of Amazing Stories and Fantastic magazines. The final story in the collection is the previously unpublished "Brain Slug."

This book can be ordered directly from The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box website.

Eight Problems in Space contains the following stories:

  1. Urned Reprieve
  2. Wheeler Dealer
  3. Ensign De Ruyter: Dreamer
  4. The Good Seed
  5. Dusty Answer
  6. Pressure
  7. The Dragons of Tesla
  8. Brain Slug

The Adventures of Stately Homes and Sherman Horn:
Being the Compleat Sherlockian Writings of Arthur Porges

by Arthur Porges

Edited by Richard Simms
Published by The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box, 2008

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Cover artwork by Paul Churchill

Editor Richard Simms has teamed up with The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box to compile a definitive collection of Arthur Porges' Sherlockian writings. Contained in this book are the four stories collected in Michael Kean's earlier compilation Three Porges Parodies and a Pastiche (1988), as well five additional parodies originally published from 2001 to 2004. The superb volume includes an introduction by Sherlock Holmes enthusiast Michael Kean and a wonderful cover by Paul Churchill.

This book can be ordered directly from The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box website.

The Adventures of Stately Homes and Sherman Horn contains the following stories:

  1. An Adventure of Stately Homes
  2. Another Adventure of Stately Homes
  3. Stately Homes ... and the Box
  4. The Singular Affair of the Aluminium Crutch
  5. Stately Homes and the Invisible Slasher
  6. Stately Homes and the Blunt Instrument
  7. Stately Homes and the Invisible Giant
  8. Stately Homes and the Impossible Shot
  9. Stately Homes and the Cutthroat Ghost

The Calabash of Coral Island and Other Early Stories

by Arthur Porges

Edited by Richard Simms
Published by Richard Simms Publications, 2008

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A collection of twenty-one previously unpublished short stories by Arthur Porges, dating from the 1930s and 1940s. The stories in this volume, compiled from Porges' original manuscripts, cover a wide range of themes and genres. This fascinating book gathers together a varied selection of stories that chronicle a young author developing and learning his craft in the years preceding his first professional sale.

This book was published in 2008 and is available to order through Amazon and other online booksellers.

The Calabash of Coral Island and Other Early Stories contains the following stories:

  1. The Crabs of Coral Island
  2. The Calabash of Coral Island
  3. Mind or Matter
  4. Was Peters' Watch Right?
  5. The Glass House Cure
  6. The Coward
  7. The Peasant Madonna
  8. Seaside Flirtation
  9. Pierre Renard's Christmas
  10. The True Story of Hercules
  11. The Tooth
  12. Return to Me
  13. The Surgical Cracksman and the Crime School
  14. A Dictator Dies
  15. When the Sleeper Wakes
  16. A Quick Death
  17. No Survivors
  18. The Terror of the Mindanao Depths
  19. Denizens of the Drop
  20. Monsters of the Grasslands
  21. The Soulless Ones: Vespa

The Miracle of the Bread and Other Stories

by Arthur Porges

Edited by Richard Simms
Published by Richard Simms Publications, 2008

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The second volume in an ongoing series of books, this collection gathers together twenty-four stories drawn from the full span of Porges' fifty-year writing career. The wide variety of themes and genres on display in this landmark collection illustrate the versatility of an author on the top of his form. This book includes several previously unpublished stories, in addition to such classic tales as "Masterpiece," "Stalemate" and "The Black Tyrant," which have never been reprinted since their original publication in magazines.

This book was published in 2008 and is available to order through numerous online booksellers such as Amazon.

The Miracle of the Bread and Other Stories contains the following stories:

  1. Treed by Terror
  2. Weeping Willie
  3. An Unlicensed Surgeon
  4. Reconstruction
  5. Masterpiece
  6. Morning After
  7. Night of the Puppet
  8. Man's Best Friend
  9. Secret Vice
  10. The Drum Major
  11. The Crime
  12. A Letter from Réjane
  13. Birthday in a Garden
  14. The Odyssey of Epeira
  15. The Black Tyrant
  16. The Fiery Patriot
  17. The Room
  18. Dressed to Kill
  19. Last Gasp
  20. Murder of a Priest
  21. Stalemate
  22. The Only Survivor
  23. The Most Dangerous Animal in the World
  24. The Miracle of the Bread

The Devil and Simon Flagg and Other Fantastic Tales

by Arthur Porges

Edited by Richard Simms
Published by Richard Simms Publications, 2009

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This book collection of Arthur Porges' stories collects twenty-three outstanding fantasy tales. Many of these stories have never been reprinted since their original somewhat ephemeral appearances in magazines. Featuring classic stories such as "One Bad Habit," "Mop-Up" and the unforgettable title story, this landmark collection will be a welcome addition to the bookshelf of every Porges fan. Also included in this volume are four previously unpublished stories.

This book was published in 2009 and is available to order through numerous online booksellers such as Amazon.

The Devil and Simon Flagg and Other Fantastic Tales contains the following stories:

  1. The Devil and Simon Flagg
  2. Mop-Up
  3. Strange Birth
  4. The Liberator
  5. The Mozart Annuity
  6. One Bad Habit
  7. The Arrogant Vampire
  8. Dr. Blackadder's Clients
  9. Report on the Magic Shop
  10. A Devil of a Day
  11. Through Channels
  12. The Fiftieth Year of April
  13. The Crime of Mr. Sauer
  14. A Diversion for the Baron
  15. The Devil Will Surely Come
  16. I Met My Love Again
  17. The Man Who Had Everything
  18. Disgust
  19. Demonstration
  20. The Dwarf
  21. Free at Last
  22. The Oddmedod
  23. A Scary Printout

The Curious Cases of Cyriack Skinner Grey

by Arthur Porges

Edited by Richard Simms
Published by Richard Simms Publications, 2009

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This long-awaited volume in the series of Arthur Porges collections assembles sixteen "impossible crime" stories featuring the wheelchair-bound crime consultant Cyriack Skinner Grey. Thirteen of the tales included in this book have been reproduced from 1960s and '70s issues of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine while the remaining three stories are published here for the first time. Porges' Cyriack Skinner Grey mysteries are superb examples of the traditional "locked room" genre of detective fiction. An array of ingenious plots are on display in this fascinating collection of classic short stories by a master short story writer.

This book was published in 2009 and is available to order through numerous online sellers such as Amazon.

The Curious Cases of Cyriack Skinner Grey contains the following stories:

  1. The Scientist and the Bagful of Water
  2. The Scientist and the Wife Killer
  3. The Scientist and the Vanished Weapon
  4. The Scientist and the Obscene Crime
  5. The Scientist and the Multiple Murder
  6. The Scientist and the Invisible Safe
  7. The Scientist and the Two Thieves
  8. The Scientist and the Time Bomb
  9. The Scientist and the Platinum Chain
  10. The Scientist and the Exterminator
  11. The Scientist and the Missing Pistol
  12. The Scientist and the Stolen Rembrandt
  13. The Scientist and the Impassable Gulf
  14. The Scientist and the Poisoner
  15. The Scientist and the Heavenly Alibi
  16. The Scientist and the One-Word Clue

The Ruum and Other Science Fiction Stories

by Arthur Porges

Edited by Richard Simms
Published by Richard Simms Publications, 2010

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The first volume in a two-part collection of Arthur Porges' science fiction stories. The Ruum and Other Science Fiction Stories covers the 1950s period, when Porges was writing some of his best-ever science fiction tales. Featured in this book are stories reprinted from the pages of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction; among these are "The Rats," "Story Conference" and "The Fly." As well as the title story, which surely needs no introduction, another highlight is "The Mannering Report," which is published here for the first time. This latest addition to the ongoing series of Porges collections is a varied and thoroughly entertaining read.

This book was published in 2010 and is available to order through numerous online sellers such as Amazon.

The Ruum and Other Science Fiction Stories contains the following stories:

  1. The Ruum
  2. The Rats
  3. The Fly
  4. By a Fluke
  5. Emergency Operation
  6. Story Conference
  7. The Logic of Rufus Weir
  8. The Entity
  9. Whirlpool
  10. The Unwilling Professor
  11. Guilty as Charged
  12. The Mannering Report
  13. Security
  14. A Touch of Sun

The Rescuer and Other Science Fiction Stories

by Arthur Porges

Edited by Richard Simms
Published by Richard Simms Publications, 2014

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The second volume in a two-part collection of Arthur Porges' science fiction stories. The Rescuer and Other Science Fiction Stories cover the 1960s period, a particularly prolific era in the author's career. Drawn from the pages of Amazing Stories, Galaxy, Fantastic and other magazines, the stories assembled in this book showcase some of Porges' most accomplished work in the field of science fiction. Highlights include "A Specimen for the Queen" (a sequel to "The Ruum" which is reprinted here for the first time ever), the provocative title story, poignant pieces such as "Priceless Possession" and "Irresistible Attraction" and the wildly imaginative "Degree Candidate." Also included is the previously unpublished story "Doomsday Incident." This long-awaited follow up to The Ruum and Other Science Fiction Stories is a must-read for Porges fans everywhere.

This book was published in 2014 and is available to order through numerous online sellers such as Amazon.

The Rescuer and Other Science Fiction Stories contains the following stories:

  1. A Specimen for the Queen
  2. Turning Point
  3. The Rescuer
  4. Problem Child
  5. The Topper
  6. Controlled Experiment
  7. The Formula
  8. Degree Candidate
  9. The Auto Hawks
  10. Revenge
  11. Off His Rocker
  12. Mulberry Moon
  13. The Melanas
  14. A Civilized Community
  15. Alien
  16. Irresistible Attraction
  17. Doomsday Incident
  18. Priceless Possession

Unusual Plants of the Galaxy

by Arthur Porges

Edited by Richard Simms
Richard Simms Publications, 2014

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The "Unusual Plants of the Galaxy" series of science fiction vignettes was first published in an obscure, now defunct periodical called Memo in the mid-1990s. In these seven intriguing and rare pieces, assembled here in book form for the first time, Porges imagines with fascinating detail and invention various imaginary plants that may exist on other worlds throughout the galaxy. This volume will surely delight Porges fans around the world and will be of particular interest to those who appreciate his work in the science fiction medium.

This book was published in 2014 and is available to order through numerous online sellers such as Amazon.

Unusual Plants of the Galaxy contains the following pieces:

  1. Vedius Flame-Lily
  2. Bio-Balloons
  3. Botanical Justice
  4. Redi's Squash Plant
  5. Deadly Shade
  6. Executioner Plant
  7. Wheel in the Sky

Forthcoming Books by Arthur Porges

No Killer Has Wings: The Casebook of Dr. Joel Hoffman - Publication date 2017
The Price of a Princess: Hardboiled Crime Fiction - Publication date TBA
Collected Essays: Volume One - Publication date TBA
Collected Essays: Volume Two - Publication date TBA

 

 

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