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Detective, Mystery, Crime, and Horror
Compiled by Richard Seltzer

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Detective, Mystery, Crime, and Horror
Compiled and Indexed by Richard Seltzer
Seedy Press, (October 18, 2002)
B & R Samizdat Express
P. O. Box 161
West Roxbury, MA, 02132
ISBN: 0-931968-05-4
Genre: Fiction - Detective, Mystery, Crime, Horror

Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - January 16, 2003

Please note: As of 9/29/2008, this CD now contains 371 books.

Murder and mayhem, criminals and monsters, detectives and masterminds - what do all these elements have in common? Easy, they are the essential components of fictional works found in the mystery genre. This genre is further subdivided into thematic categories such as horror, detective stories, police procedurals, and the like. In the Detective, Mystery, Crime, and Horror CD-Rom from B&R Samizdat Express you will find a comprehensive collection of works that will keep you glued to the texts - but be careful not read them while you are home alone if you happen to get the willies easily.

This collection contains about 150 books, with more books being added to newer editions of this CD. Most of the works to be found here are books written before 1920. While the bulk of this collection is comprised of works of fiction, you will also find four books on the sociology and psychology of crime. These books will be of particular interest to writers who want to get an in-depth feel for what makes a criminal 'tick'.

Works included in this collection where primarily written in English, there are however, several works by French authors offered in English translation. French authors that you will find represented in this collection include Alexandre Dumas, Emile Gaboriau, and Gaston Leroux. This collection also includes one work, Crime and Punishment that was written in Russian. Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky, the English translation provided here was done by Constance Garnett.

English and American authors range from Rex Stout and Mark Twain to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Wilkie Collins. You will also find a number of 'classic' mysteries, including: Detective, Mystery, Crime, and Horror is a great collection of books that will keep you reading for hours and hours. In addition many titles in this anthology are 'hard to find' volumes, and this may be the first time that you have come across some of these titles. If this is the case, you are in for a special treat. Best of all, this CD collection sells for only $19. For less than the price of most hardback books you can get an entire library that takes up a negligible amount of space on the shelf! This collection will also be invaluable to students who need access to the wealth of 'classics' contained herein.

To read the books in this collection, you will need to have a PC with either a web browser or a word processing program into which you can open the files. All the books in this collection are all saved in a plain text format. This enables you to easily change the font size and style, if you desire. It also makes these books very easy to use with most screen reading and computer magnification programs. In addition, the CD comes with shareware versions of two programs that will be of special interest to readers who are visually impaired, ReadIt and ReadPlease.


This CD ships with a program by DLJ Software called READIT. This is a DOS, shareware program, that provides the text on a black screen with white type. This program will also help you navigate through the files, and books on the CD, using only keyboard functions. It allows you to scroll through the files, and once you select a book, it allows you to bookmark your place, and jump to your 'bookmark' when you begin reading again. This program also allows you to search through the text and to jump to various sections or lines. It also allows you to adjust how fast, or slow, the text is displayed as you read through the book.


ReadPlease is a windows-based screen reading program. Their homepage is located at: Two versions of the ReadPlease program come with the CD, a free version and ReadPlease Plus, a commercial shareware version. To use the program, you simply highlight the text you want read to you, and the computer will read it aloud. In the free version you can only highlight 16,000 bytes of text at one time, whereas with the commercial version you can set the program to read an unlimited amount of text at one time.

Both versions of ReadPlease have a low vision color option. However, only the commercial version offers extra large buttons.

Besides being able to read texts in English, you can also download additional languages that will enable the program to read texts in UK English, French, German, Portuguese, Dutch, and Italian. You will find information on how, and from where, to download these additional language modules in the instructions on the ReadPlease main window once you launch the program.

Instruction on how to use both programs can be found in the CD's 'readme' file. Both programs also come with complete instructions, and both versions of the program can be used to read other files on your computer, beyond those found on this CD.

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