Hector Hugh Munro is one of our finest humorists. His short stories are a special treat for lovers of literature. He is also known for the unlikely endings that make his stories so entertaining. Here are the best ones!
‘Dusk’ by Saki is about Norman Gortsby, who’s cheated by a young man about needing money. He tells Gortsby that he had set out to buy some soap and has now forgotten which hotel he’s staying at. Initially, Gortsby is suspicious, but he later finds a bar of soap on the ground, which confirms the young man’s story.
A country gentleman named Van Cheele finds a wild adolescent boy living on his woodland property, after his friend Cunningham told him that there was a wild beast living in those woods.
He asks what the boy is doing there, and the boy tells Van Cheele that he lives in the woods and that he feeds on animal flesh…
“The Interlopers” is a story about two men, Georg Znaeym and Ulrich von Gradwitz, whose families have fought over a forest in the eastern Carpathian Mountains for generations.
The Wolves of Cernogratz
The story is about an old castle and its owners, the Cernogratz family who had to sell off their family castle, when their fortune turned against them. Thus, they abondoned their ancestral family castle. As time went by, the castle was purchased by Gruebel family.
Tobermory is one of Saki’s (H. H. Munro) best known short stories. Toby is a cat that learns to speak human to everyone’s amazement.
“Sredni Vashtar” is a short story written by Saki (Hector Hugh Munro) between 1900 and 1911 and initially published in his book The Chronicles of Clovis. It has been adapted for opera, film, radio and television.
The story concerns an unhealthy ten-year-old boy named Conradin, who lives with his strict cousin and guardian, Mrs. De Ropp. Conradin rebels against her and invents a new religion for himself, which centres on idolising a polecat-ferret he calls Sredni Vashtar; he imagines Sredni Vashtar to be a vengeful, merciless god. Conradin keeps the ferret hidden in a cage in the garden shed, and worships the idol in secret.
Two half-brothers – one a farmer, the other an artist – come to blows over their differing aesthetic viewpoints.
The Phantom Luncheon
A very humorous story about sponging meals off of people.
As you read about this train journey by a prudish young man, you soon realize that it could end badly for him. He is returning home from a farm visit and feels what he thinks is a mouse in his pants. The only other person in his compartment is a young lady who appears to be sleeping. He must find a way of taking off his trousers without offending the woman or, even worse, giving her the wrong idea and causing a scene.
The story features one of Saki’s recurring characters, the mischievous antihero Clovis Sangrail. Clovis finds himself at a house party with a rather pompous man named Leonard Bilsiter. Bilsiter claims to be an expert in the mysterious forces called “Siberian Magic”, and he is said to possess the power to transmute objects. When Bilsiter rudely refuses the hostess’ request for a demonstration, Clovis decides to have a little fun at his expense.