Saki (H. H. Munro)

18 Dec 1870 - 14 Nov 1916

Scottish writer and journalist, born in Burma (now Myanmar), raised mostly in England although he spent time in continental Europe and Russia as well. He was killed in action in Word War I. While often regarded as a satirist whose main target was the pretension of Georgian/Edwardian England, Saki produced much that has a nasty edge.

The H. H. Munro page
A number of useful links to etexts and biographies. [Debbie Cox, Montgomery College]
Brief biographical note
H. H. Munro
Biographical note and etexts. [Julian Burnside]
Biographical note, etexts. [Jon Rennie]
Biographical note
Includes discussion of some of Saki's works.
Biographical note
[The Author's Calendar]

Beasts and Super-Beasts
One file (374K) or zipped (157K) at Project Gutenberg; search for the following:
"The Cobweb"
"The Open Window"
"The She-Wolf"

"The Open Window"
Saki's classic, and widely anthologized, short story; an excellent audio version of this work is available on the CD linked to the right, Beyond the Shadows.

"Sredni Vashtar"
A classic "beast Gothic" tale; compare to Saki's "The Music on the Hill" or even Stephen King's Cujo. And keep a close eye on your ferret. (This story actually features a "polecat-ferret," which is a hybrid of a wild European Polecat and a domestic European Polecat, which are close relatives of the common ferret found in petstores.) This tale has been adapted for TV and film several times, as its Wiki entry explains.
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More "beast Gothic," one of the more famous Gothic cat stories (after Edgar Allan Poe's "The Black Cat," and probably ahead of Bram Stoker's "The Squaw"), this is a wickedly funny critique of early C20 social mores.

The Chronicles of Clovis
The link just above is to the Table of Contents; each of the following supernaturalist stories is available as a separate file. [Carnegie Mellon U]
"Sredni Vashtar"
"The Music on the Hill"
Compares well to Arthur Machen's "The Great God Pan," another turn-of-the-C20 tale that muses on the loss of human sensitivity to the deeper, primal energies of nature. And something of the inverse of Wordsworth's "Hart-Leap Well."
"The Peace of Mowsle Barton"
"'Ministers of Grace'"
"The Remoulding of Groby Lington"

Reginald in Russia
Saki's collection contains the following supernaturalist tales:
Reginald in Russia is also available as one file (141K) at Project Gutenberg.
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This CD contains a powerful rendition of Saki's classic "The Open Window"

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The Toys of Peace and Other Papers.
This Project Gutenberg etext (346K) contains the following supernaturalist tales; use your browser's "Find" function to locate:
"The Hedgehog"
"The Wolves of Czernogratz"

More Saki, anyone? Here's the complete collection, from Penguin: click for more info from
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