Sixteen Stories of Color

During many years of reading I’ve sometimes noticed that books and stories often have a color in the title. It makes sense as we are greatly influenced by colors, even if a particular color is just a printed word. A story entitled “The Pretty Princess” may have some appeal, but “The Pretty Pink Princess” is more descriptive and sounds more appealing. The oddly named “The Pretty Beige Princess”, not so much. So following in the theme footsteps of my “50 States 50 Stories” blog, I decided to write a “stories of color” blog. This meant a search for color themed writings. Since I wanted copyright free material, I once again turned to the Gutenberg website. I decided not to stray too far from the basic colors. After all, I probably wouldn’t have much luck finding a story with “burnt umber” in the title. I did expand my color list somewhat with metals such as “silver” and “gold” and even gave a salute to fossil resin with “amber”. I added some variety to the project by using sixteen different authors for the sixteen different stories. That meant I found some writers who are new to me, a discovery I always enjoy.

Here is a list with links of my “16 Stories of Color”, from my never-ending list of “books to read”

“The Amber Heart” from “The Torch and Other Tales” by Eden Philpott
“The Amethyst Comb” from “The Copy Cat and Other Stories by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
“The Terror of Blue John Gap” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle from “Tales of Terror and Mystery:
“Brown Wolf” by Jack London from “Brown Wolf and Other Jack London Stories”
“The Black Monk” by Anton Chekov from “The Tales of Chekov, Volume 3”
“The Quest of the Copper” by William Charles Scully from “Kafir Stories Seven Short Stories”
“The Fiery Dragon, or The Heart of Stone and the Heart of Gold” by E. Nesbit, from “The Book of Dragons”
“Green Branches” by Fiona MacLeod from “Great Ghost Stories” selected by Joseph Lewis French
“Grey Dolphin” by Ruchard Harris Barham from “Half Hours with Great Story Tellers”
“Death and the Orange” by Lord Dunsany, from “Fifty-One Tales” by Lord Dunsany
“The Pink Ghost of Franklin Square” by Charles Weathers Bump from “The Mermaid of Druid Lake
and Other Stories”
“The Purple of the Balkan Kings” by Saki (H. H. Munro) from “The Toys of Peace and Other Papers”
“The Red Room” by H. G. Wells, from “The Plattner Story and Others”
“Silver Dome” by Harl Vincent, from “Astounding Stories of Super Science, August 1930”
“White Nights” by Fyodor Dostoyevesky from “”White Nights and Other Stories”
“The Yellow Cat” by Wilbur Daniel Steele from “The Best Short Stories of 1915”


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