ART STORIA | Literary Arts
by Bram Stoker, Edited with Foreword by Randy H. Sooknanan, Cover Art by Arantzazu Martinez
Love and death and eternity... Dracula is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker. It introduced the character of Count Dracula and established many conventions of subsequent vampire fantasy.
by Alexandre Dumas, Edited by Randy H. Sooknanan, Cover Art by Randy H. Sooknanan
Love, Devotion, and Redemption. The Count of Monte Cristo is a story of revenge and redemption, but Dumas presents both revenge and redemption as being motivated by love. It is a swashbuckling classic of romance, betrayal, and revenge. On the very day of his wedding to the beautiful Mercedes, young Edmund Dantes is framed by three men, arrested and thrown into the notorious prison Chateau d’If. Befriended by a fellow prisoner, he plots a daring escape, unearths a secret fortune and returns to Marseilles and Paris disguised as the mysterious Count of Monte Cristo, determined to seek vengeance on the men who framed him.
by Homer, Translated by Samuel Butler, Edited with Foreword by Randy H. Sooknanan, Cover Art by Charles-Antoine Coypel
Love and friendship, fate and free will, and honor are the main themes of Homer's The Iliad. All three themes follow Achilles and the other main characters of the epic poem. We see how Achilles' friendship with Patroclus and his hunger for honor guides much of the epic, which lead to both his and Hector's demises.
by Homer, Translated by Samuel Butler, Edited with Foreword by Randy H. Sooknanan, Cover Art by John William Waterhouse
The Odyssey is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. It is one of the oldest extant works of literature still read by contemporary audiences. As with the Iliad, the poem is divided into 24 books. It follows the Greek hero Odysseus, king of Ithaca, and his journey home after the Trojan War.
by Jules Verne, Edited by Randy H. Sooknanan, Cover Art by Randy H. Sooknanan
Innovation and ambition... Jules Verne's Mysterious Island mingles science and fantasy. The relation between humans and natural resources is one of the main themes of the novel. Characters are running through technological history, until metallurgy, chemistry and even electricity were mastered.
by H. G. Wells, Edited by Randy H. Sooknanan & Denise K. McTighe, Cover Art by Randy H. Sooknanan
Throughout The Time Machine, Wells shatters several common assumptions of human thought (for example, the belief in the inevitable progress of the species, the notion that technology will make human life better, and the insistence that people are at the center of the universe and will endure forever. Notable themes explored in the story include that of Fear and Kindness.
by Arthur Conan Doyle, Edited by Randy H. Sooknanan & Denise K. McTighe, Cover Art by Kromdor
A Study in Scarlet is an 1887 detective novel written by Arthur Conan Doyle. The story marks the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, who would become the most famous detective duo in popular fiction. The major themes in A Study in Scarlet are deductive/adductive reasoning, the ineffectiveness of public protection, religion, revenge modernism and friendship.
by Robert Louis Stevenson, Edited by Randy H. Sooknanan, Cover Art by Oswin Neumann
Good versus Evil. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a Gothic novella by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, first published in 1886. The story centers upon a conception of the duality of human nature. and is an allegory about the good and evil that exist in all men, At the core of the tale, we find the struggle with the two sides of any personality. The novella highlights the battle between good and evil that rages within the individual.
by Raymond Chandler, Edited by Randy H. Sooknanan, Cover Art by DapperNoir
The Big Sleep (1939) is an example of a prototypical hardboiled crime novel, it was written by Raymond Chandler, and is the first to feature his iconic detective character Philip Marlowe. The first noticeable theme in the novel is the Corruption of Society. Raymond Chandler's crime noir novel The Big Sleep deals with the dark underbelly of L.A. society. Wealth, Status, and Social Mobility. Cynicism and Survival. Masculinity. The other major theme of the story is the different levels of American society at the time period.
by Marcus Aurelius, Translated by George W. Chrystal, Edited with Foreword by Randy H. Sooknanan, Cover Art by Peter Arnell
Meditations is a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD, recording his private notes to himself and ideas on Stoic philosophy. Marcus Aurelius wrote the 12 books of the Meditations in Koine Greek as a source for his own guidance and self-improvement.
by Plato, Translated by Benjamin Jowett, Edited by Randy H. Sooknanan, Cover Art by Anselm Feuerbach
The Symposium is a philosophical text by Plato dated c. 385–370 BC. It depicts a friendly contest of extemporaneous speeches given by a group of notable men attending a banquet. The men include the philosopher Socrates, the general and political figure Alcibiades, and the comic playwright Aristophanes.
by Jack London, Edited by Randy H. Sooknanan, Cover Art by Willem van de Velde
The Sea-Wolf is a 1904 psychological adventure novel by American writer Jack London. The book's protagonist, Humphrey Van Weyden, is a literary critic who is a survivor of an ocean collision and who comes under the dominance of Wolf Larsen, the powerful and amoral sea captain who rescues him.