Abel Sanchez by Miguel de Unamuno.
Mario and the magician by Thomas Mann
Old man by William Faulkner
HR Giger Arh+
The first three are novellas in a compilation whose title still escapes me.Which reminds me some of the other titles in the "Recent reads" should be italicized. The fourth one was given to me, a Taschen publication by and on the Swiss H.R. Giger. Apart from the Alien films, I knew of Giger via Dead Kennedys.