A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 
(b.1865 d.1936)
Often considered a poet of British imperialism, Kipling's work has caused much controversy, though poems such as "If" and his "Jungle Book" stories remain firmly entrenched in British colonial mythology. Kipling won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907.
Short Stories
Plain Tales from the Hills, Thacker Spink (Calcutta), 1888
(Includes: The Bisara of Pooree: The bisara is a small wooden fish which acts as a love charm if come by dishonestly, or death if honestly acquired. By Word of Mouth: The spirit of a doctor's wife says that she will meet him in one months time. She does because he dies. In the House of Suddhoo: Effective Indian magic of a trick? Haunted Subalterns: Supernatural phenomena is associated with a couple of men in the Indian army. It seems impossible that it is not a practical joke.)
ditto, John W. Lovell Co. (U.S.), 1889
ditto, Macmillan, 1890
The Phantom 'Rickshaw and Other Tales, A.H. Wheeler (Allahabad), [1888]
(Includes: The Phantom 'Rickshaw: Jack treats a woman badly and she follows him in a rickshaw. After her death she continue to follow him. My Own True Ghost Story: The sounds of a ghostly billiard game are rationalised. The Strange Ride of Marrowie Jukes: Not supernatural despite being in Wilson, but a horrific description of captives living in pits and forced to eat whatever is thrown to them.)
ditto, Sampson Low, 1890 (wraps)
Life's Handicap, being stories of mine own people, Macmillan, 1891
(Includes: The Mark of the Beast: When Fleete blasphemes in an Indian temple one of the priests curses him so that he starts to behave like an animal. The Dream of Duncan Parrennes: A man is shown in a dream his future of material but not spiritual satisfaction. At the End of the Passage: A description of the esperience of horror, rather than a description of the horror itself. The Recrudescence of Imray: Not a supernatural story, despite being in Wilson. An Indian manservant disappears and his corpse is later found. The City of Dreadful Night: Horrific rather than supernatural, this prose poem describes corpse-like sleepers on the outskirts of Lahore.)
Many Inventions, Macmillan, 1893
(Includes: The Children of the Zodiac: Leo and Virgo are among several signs of the zodiac who once dwelt on earth. They assume human form, and learn that death must be accepted. The Finest Story in the World: Mears has a memory for past incarnations, a facility that deserts him when he falls in love. The Lost Legion: Ghosts of dead warriors bolster a British invasion force in Afghanistan.)
Traffics and Discoveries, Macmillan, 1904
(Includes: Wireless: Radio waves affect the poetic impulse. They: The narrator comes across children to whom he shows his motor car. The children later appear to have been ghosts.)
Actions and Reactions, Macmillan, 1909
(Includes: The House Surgeon: A depressing atmosphere in a wonderful house, caused by the anger of a sister after the death of her sibling.)
Debits and Credits, Macmillan, 1926
(Includes: The Enemies to Each Other: An expansion of the story of the Garden of Eden. The Gardener: An aunt visits the grave of a young man killed in the war. The gardener who puts flowers on the graves in symbolic. On the Gate: A Tale of '16: The reception area of Heaven during the first world war requires St Peter to deal with a great deal of office politics and red tape. A Madonna of the Trenches: A soldier in the trenches sees an apparition of his dead lover. The Wish House:A terraced house on a London street which grants wishes.)
Limits and Renewals, Macmillan, 1932
(Includes: Uncovenanted Mercies: Guardian spirits allow their charges to meet and fall in love, against orders.)
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