Distributed Proofreaders has posted its 28,000th title to Project Gutenberg, The Mystery of Choice, an 1897 collection of short stories by Robert W. Chambers.
Chambers, who was born in Brooklyn, New York, began his career as an artist, and spent his early twenties in Paris, where his work was exhibited at the 1889 Salon. He came back to New York and found work as a magazine illustrator, but soon turned his hand to writing. He had his first and best success with The King in Yellow, a collection of supernatural tales that is said to have influenced H.P. Lovecraft and other noted writers of the horror genre.
The Mystery of Choice continues the horror theme with seven tales of murder and the macabre, some set in the atmospheric Brittany region of France. The collection also contains some of Chambers’s poetry, and concludes with a florid love-poem, “Envoi.”
Congratulations to the Distributed Proofreaders team who made this milestone possible!
This post was contributed by Linda Cantoni, a Distributed Proofreaders volunteer.
What a fitting title – Seeing the number of titles published on PG, there is indeed a mystery of choice. 🙂
For myself, I wish there would have been a different book with content other than horror or that which would lead a person to think of the macabre. The title is OK, but according to the blog, the book’s content leaves something to be desired in my opinion.
Congrats to DP for another milestone though.
[…] 28000 For a change of pace, The Mystery of Choice, by Robert W. Chambers (1897), was posted as the 28,000th selection on August 16, 2014. This book is a collection of short, related stories with topics ranging from a murder mystery, to the ghost of a dark priest, to the search for dinosaurs — in short, something for everyone. The Hot off the Press blog post about it is here. […]