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Not Long for This World

Not Long for This World is a collection of short stories written by August Derleth. It was first published in 1948.


These stories are all kinds--there are tales of psychic residue and ghostly vengeance, of witchcraft and ancient sorcery, of poetic justice and pure horror, of black magic and things that go bump in the night.


  • The Shadow on the Sky
  • Birkett's Twelfth Corpse
  • The White Moth
  • Nellie Foster
  • Wild Grapes
  • Feigman's Beard
  • The Drifting Snow
  • The Return of Sarah Purcell
  • Logoda's Heads
  • The Second Print
  • Mrs. Elting Does Her Part
  • A Little Knowledge
  • Mrs. Bentley's Daughter
  • Those Who Seek
  • Mr. Berbeck Had a Dream
  • The Tenant
  • The Lilac Bush
  • "Just a Song at Twilight"
  • A Matter of Sight
  • Prince Borgia's Mass
  • A Dinner at Imola
  • Lesandro's Familiar
  • The Bridge of Sighs
  • A Cloak from Messer Lando
  • He Shall Come
  • Mrs. Lannisfree
  • After You, Mr. Henderson
  • Baynter's Imp
  • The Lost Day
  • A Collector of Stones
  • The God-Box
  • Saunder's Little Friend