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  • Ambrose Bierce

    Ambrose Bierce (1842 - ?) was an American author best known for 'The Devil's Dictionary.' His acerbic wit earned him the nickname 'Bitter Bierce.' He died in mysterious circumstances circa 1914. Frank Marcopolos (1972 -) founded 'The Whirligig' literary magazine in 1999, which has been called 'a landmark, demonstrating the power of the literary underground.' One reviewer said that 'you get this true lion-roaring sense that Editor Frank Marcopolos knows what he likes, and how to read, and how to publish, and he has guts, and eats insects on Wheaties with bleach.' Frank's long-form fiction has been reviewed with such praise as 'thorough-goingly entertaining' and 'highly readable...recalls...read more

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    In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians is a collection of twenty-six short stories detailing the lives of soldiers and civilians during the American Civil War. These include “A Horseman in the Sky,” “Chickamauga,” “The Applicant,” “A Holy Terror,” “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”—perhaps his most famous story of all—and twenty-one other disturbing tales. Their messages about the horrors of war live on vividly to this day. “Ambrose Bierce is arguably the finest not-quite-first-rate writer in nineteenth-century American literature.”—New York Review of Books, praise for the...read more

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    Prepare yourself for the shocking, the strange, and the terrifying in Ambrose Bierce's 1893 story collection Can Such Things Be? One of the greatest masters of horror brings you twenty-five tales of the supernatural and the unexplained. Whether in stories of ghosts sending desperate warnings to their human counterparts, psychics attempting to bridge unknown dimensions, howling werewolves, or a robot who takes on a life of his own, Bierce plumbs the depths of fear and fascination. Spooky thrills and mind-bending mysteries await all who dare to open the cover of Can Such Things Be? Praise for the works of Ambrose Bierce: 'These pieces are not dated, nor are they lacking any of...read more

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    A grisly collection of despicable crimes told by some of the world's best writers. 1. Charles by A. J. Alan 2. The Magic Casket by R. Austin Freeman 3. The Game Played in the Dark by Ernest Bramah 4. The Hammer of God by G. K. Chesterton 5. His Brother’s Keeper by W. W. Jacobs 6. The Murder of the Mandarin by Arnold Bennett 7. The Murder of the Countess Görlitz by S. Baring-Gould 8. The Shadow of the Shark by G. K. Chesterton 9. The Burglary by Arnold Bennett 10. The Perfect Murder by Stacy Aumonier 11. Blackmail by John Galsworthy 12. The Honest Thief by Fyodor Dostoyevsky 13. To be taken in Water by George Walter Thornbury 14. The Man who stole a Meeting House by John...read more

  • Ambrose Bierce

    Before he trailed off into the wilds of Mexico, never to be heard from again, Ambrose Bierce achieved a public persona as 'bitter Bierce' and 'the devil's lexicographer.' He left behind a nasty reputation and more than ninety short stories that are perfect expressions of his sardonic genius. This volume of selected stories represent an unprecedented accomplishment in American literature. In their iconoclasm and needle-sharp irony, their formal and thematic ingenuity and element of surprise, they differ markedly from the fiction admired in Bierce's time. ''An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,'' the premier title in this collection, is one of the most widely anthologized American short stories...read more

  • Ambrose Bierce

    Five wonderful stories by Ambrose Bierce, full of vivid characters, precise and evocative language, surprises and suspense. Written more than a century ago, these stories still capture the imagination with vivid, precise language that bites--and may even draw blood! This Freshwater Seas production presents these five classic stories performed by Susie Berneis and Robert Bethune, with subtle musical underscoring to enhance and enrich Bierce's words. Included: "Staley Fleming's Hallucination," in which we meet the ghost of a Newfoundland dog with a white forefoot--and hungry for revenge! "The Damned Thing," in which we meet a wild, ferocious animal determined to drive a man off...read more

  • Ambrose Bierce

    Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914?), best known as journalist, satirist and short story writer. Cynical in outlook, economical in style; Bierce vanished while an observer with Pancho Villa's...read more

  • Ambrose Bierce

    At the outset of the American Civil War, [the writer Ambrose] Bierce enlisted in the Union Army's 9th Indiana Infantry Regiment....In February 1862 he was commissioned First Lieutenant, and served on the staff of General William Babcock Hazen as a topographical engineer, making maps of likely battlefields. Bierce fought at the Battle of Shiloh (April 1862), a terrifying experience that became a source for several later short stories and the memoir, "What I Saw of Shiloh". In June 1864, he sustained a serious head wound at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, and spent the rest of the summer on furlough, returning to active duty in September. He was discharged from the army in January 1865....read more

  • Ambrose Bierce

    Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914) was an American author and Civil War veteran. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge is a short story set during the American Civil War, and is considered Bierce's finest...read more

  • Ambrose Bierce

    Ambrose Bierce brings to life and print the heart rendering stories about divided loyalties splitting families, states, countries, and individuals. The glory in beginning and savagery in the doing; a moving anti-war series of stories if ever there were any. A must read by all students of American History and Literature, though perhaps best understand by older adults. Should be in core American...read more

  • Ambrose Bierce

    A scintillating collection of Ambrose Bierce's humorous and macabre short stories: Oil of Dog, A Shipwreckollection, A Cargo of Cat, Curried Cow, The Eyes of the Panther, A Bottomless Grave, The Boarded...read more

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    Set during the American Civil War, "An Occurrence at OwlCreek Bridge" is the classic short story of Peyton Farquhar, a Confederatesympathizer condemned to death by hanging from Owl Creek Bridge. Flashingbetween the present and the past-from Peyton's thoughts as he stands on thebridge to his memories as a major Confederate supporter in the South-he createsparallel realities in which truth and fantasy become indistinguishable. A story of war, death, and the power of the mind, "AnOccurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" is Ambrose Bierce's most anthologized work and an enduring piece of American literature. Proceeds from sale of this title go to Reach Out and Read, an innovative literacy advocacy...read more

  • Ambrose Bierce

    Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (1842 - circa 1914) was an American author, journalist, short story writer and satirist who disappeared in 1913 under mysterious circumstances and was never seen again. "The Stranger" is a ghost story set in the old Wild West. A group of travellers are sitting around the campfire in a remote part of the desert in Arizona, when a stranger comes among them and recounts a very strange story. But as he gets up to depart, it becomes apparent that it more than just an odd tale... it is something much more...read more

  • Ambrose Bierce

    Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914?), satirist, critic, poet, short story writer and journalist. His fiction showed a clean economical style often sprinkled with subtle cynical comments on human behaviour. Nothing is known of his death, as he went missing while an observer with Pancho Villa's army in 1913/14. (Summaries by Peter Yearsley) The Ways of Ghosts: Stories of encounters with the ghosts of the dead and dying. The spirits of the dead reach out to the living, to pass on a message or to pursue a killer. Contents (with beginning...read more

  • Ambrose Bierce

    Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914?), satirist, critic, poet, short story writer and journalist. His fiction showed a clean economical style often sprinkled with subtle cynical comments on human behaviour. In the Devil's Dictionary, he let his sense of humour and his cynical outlook on life colour a collection of dictionary-like definitions. (Summary by...read more

  • Ambrose Bierce

    "Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (1842 - 1914) was an American writer famous for his dark and cynical writings, which earned him the nickname "Bitter Bierce". He is famous also for his mysterious demise. He wrote a letter to a friend, which he closed by saying, "As to me, I leave here tomorrow for an unknown destination," and then he vanished without a trace, his disappearance becoming one of the most famous in American literary history. "The Death of Halpin Frayser" is a deeply disturbing tale, written with the sense of a terrible nightmare in which a man is horribly attacked in a wood by the undead animated corpse of his dead mother....read more

  • Ambrose Bierce

    Civilization, Immortality, the Death Penalty, these are just a few of the essays enclosed in this collection, A Cynic Looks At Life. Written by Ambrose Bierce, these essays continue to be thought provoking, offering a valid outlook on life. Summary by...read more

  • Ambrose Bierce

    Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (1842-circa 1914) was an American author, journalist, short story writer and satirist who disappeared in 1913 under mysterious circumstances and was never seen again. 'A Tough Tussle' is a weird and horrible ghost story about a soldier in the Civil War who finds himself stationed on sentry duty, alone in a wood at night, next to the corpse of an enemy soldier. While he waits and watches, the body appears to change...read more

  • Ambrose Bierce

    Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (1842-circa 1914) was an American author, journalist, short story writer and satirist who disappeared in 1913 under mysterious circumstances and was never seen again. "John Bartine's Watch" is the strange and terrifying tale of an evening guest who reacts with horror when his host asks him what is the time. But why is John Bartine so reluctant to look at his own...read more

  • Ambrose Bierce

    Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (1842-circa 1914) was an American author, journalist, short story writer and satirist who disappeared in 1913 under mysterious circumstances and was never seen again. "The Moonlit Road" is a brilliant and eerie ghost story which recounts a terrible murder of a woman from three different viewpoints. First from the perspective of the son of the murdered woman. Second from the perspective of the murderer - the woman's husband whose brain has been so afflicted by the experience that he has amnesia and does not know his true identity. Third from the postumous perspective of the victim as told via a...read more