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  • A House-Boat on the Styxby John Kendrick Bangs

    The Floating Press 1902; US$ 4.99

    The souls of the dead must cross the Styx, to pass into a Hades-like afterworld. In the first of the twelve stories compiled in A House-Boat on the Styx, the man who ferries the souls across sees a houseboat floating downriver and fears for his livelihood. He is appointed janitor on the boat, where the remaining stories take place between characters... more...

  • The Pursuit of the House-Boatby John Kendrick Bangs

    The Floating Press 1919; US$ 4.99

    A house-boat floats down the river Styx, which must be crossed to enter the afterworld. At the end of A House-Boat on the Styx Captain Kidd hijacks the boat. In this sequel, the houseboat club-members hire Sherlock Holmes (at that point in history declared dead by his creator) to investigate the matter. more...

  • A Little Book of Christmasby John Kendrick Bangs

    The Floating Press 2011; US$ 3.99

    Renowned journalist and essayist John Kendrick Bangs worked at the helm of many of the most important news magazines of his day -- and all the while, he was submitting his own short humor pieces, poems, and other blurbs to mass-market publications, often anonymously or using a pen name. This holiday-themed collection brings together some of Bangs'... more...

  • The Inventions of the Idiotby John Kendrick Bangs

    The Floating Press 2011; US$ 3.99

    What happens when a brilliant but eccentric tinkerer sets his mind on improving the conditions of mankind through the power of science? John Kendrick Bangs' follow-up to The Idiot details this one-of-a-kind inventor's ideas -- some brilliant, some batty -- in this eminently readable romp. more...

  • The Idiotby John Kendrick Bangs

    The Floating Press 2011; US$ 3.99

    Today, quirky or eccentric outsiders are often afforded a measure of tolerance or even respect. In the nineteenth century, however, these original thinkers were often regarded as dangerous crackpots and subjected to scorn -- or worse. John Kendrick Bangs' The Idiot follows the ups and downs of one such unfortunate fellow in a most amusing fashion. more...

  • R. Holmes & Co.by John Kendrick Bangs

    The Floating Press 2011; US$ 3.99

    What would happen if master detective Sherlock Holmes sired a son with the daughter of one of his archenemies? That's the supposition at the center of R. Holmes & Co., which pits criminal mastermind Raffles against Holmes and goes on to tell the story of how Holmes fell for Raffles' daughter Marjorie, with whom he later had a child,... more...

  • Paste Jewelsby John Kendrick Bangs

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 3.99

    This linked story cycle from sharp-witted humorist John Kendrick Bangs delves into the delights and tribulations of married life. Beginning with the wedding of starry-eyed lovebirds Jane and Thaddeus, Paste Jewels is a rollicking and insightful look at long-term love. more...

  • The Genial Idiotby John Kendrick Bangs

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 3.99

    American editor and writer John Kendrick Bangs eased into humor writing and satire by anonymously submitting a few essays for publication amidst his busy career at a number of prominent publications. One of his most lasting creations is an opinionated buffoon called the Idiot. In this amusing collection, the Idiot holds forth on a number of his pet... more...

  • The Booming of Acre Hillby John Kendrick Bangs

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 3.99

    Over the course of his career, John Kendrick Bangs gained prominence as one of the most beloved humor writers of his era. In this charming collection of short stories, Bangs muses on the emergence of the suburban middle class in the United States with his trademark wit and humanity. more...

  • Toppleton's Clientby John Kendrick Bangs

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 3.99

    If you prefer your ghost stories to have a stout dose of rollicking wit, add Toppleton's Client to your must-read list. A lawyer moves into a new office and soon discovers it is haunted -- and worse yet, the lingering spirit wants to engage the lawyer's services to oust another supernatural being that is squatting, so to speak, in his physical... more...