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July 27, Retrieved Blume Ambrose Bierce's Civilians and soldiers in context: a critical study. Kent State University Press. Contrary to McWilliams's claim; however, in the public arena Bierce was not merely an agnostic, but a staunch unbeliever regarding the question of Jesus' divinity.
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Penn State University Press, McFarland, Hendin, A. University of Nebraska Press. Hamden, CT: Archon Books, , p. Cincinnati: Clerisy Press. The Ambrose Bierce Site. Retrieved April 6, Bierce assists Edgar Allan Poe , other fantasy writers, and their fictional characters—all exiled to Mars because Earth has forbidden and destroyed every fantasy book—in a last-ditch attempt to prevent an expedition from Earth from obliterating them.
In one of Finney's most often reprinted stories, Bierce is mentioned but never seen. Nevertheless, he plays an important symbolic role. A man tells about his visit to a seemingly ordinary travel agency that secretly arranges for discontented people to leave Earth and travel to the utopian planet of Verna. Bierce is the only specific character named as having disappeared from Earth to move to Verna, and his activities and new home on Verna are described.
London and Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, , p. In Matt Cardin ed. Mencken on American Literature , S. Joshi , ed. Retrieved 13 February Internet Movie Data Base. March 1, Retrieved August 7, New York Times , Oct. University of California. Archived from the original on 12 May Retrieved 29 October It is a flawless example of American genius Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 28 July NPR Books. Retrieved 30 August Joshi , Lawrence I. Berkove, and David E. It's rumored that he might have been killed by the rebel, Pancho Villa early in , though this remains speculation. Prior to his mysterious disappearance, Bierce served in the Civil War in the Union's 9th Indiana Regiment, gaining newspaper attention during the "first battle" of Philippi for his daring rescue, under fire, of a gravely wounded comrade at the Battle of Rich Mountain.
He is considered one of the only major authors of the Civil War genre to have first-hand knowledge as a soldier. He suffered a head injury in at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, taking a furlough, then later leaving the Army. He was commissioned Lieutenant for the Army in San Francisco, where he remained for many years, eventually becoming famous as a contributor and editor for a number of local newspapers and periodicals. Bierce became one of the most influential writers on the West Coast, working for Hearst's The San Francisco Examiner , starting in when he published his column called "The Prattle," a searing criticism that embroiled the newspaper in several controversies that Hearst had to smooth over.
Bierce's short stories are based on the terrible things he had seen during war time, particularly The Boarded Window , Killed at Resaca , and Chickamauga. Along with war and ghost stories, Bierce published several volumes of poetry. Bierce is known for having twist endings and these stories can definitely be considered to have twist endings.
Unfortunately, we live in a society where most scary story tropes have been done so the stories come off slightly predictable. If you can take this for what it is, old scary stories then they are very enjoyable. There wasn't a tale I didn't like. The style reminded me of Poe and can be confidently added to one's collection of classic gothic horror. I give this book a 5 out of 5 and recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Edgar Allen Poe and the like. I will be looking for more of Ambrose Pierce's publications.
I'll be honest here. Prior to reading this book, I was not in any way familiar with Ambrose Bierce. So I'm in fact really glad Dover Publications has compiled this nice little collection of some of his horror stories. I suppose that by modern standards, readers would rather see these stories as psychological and gothic horror stories rather than actual scary stories.
I really enjoyed this collection regardless, as each story was nicely crafted and came with a unique twist at the end. And I'm ver I'll be honest here. And I'm very happy to say that I didn't see any of those endings coming. And that's how you know you've just read a great horror story! To me, Bierce is a bit the American E. I loved diving into the world his stories were set in and rediscovering horror through the voice of a man who lived more than a century before my time. To conclude this review, I'll just say this: I'm very glad to have found this collection and I'll definitely be reading more of Bierce's stories in the future.
Thanks to the publisher for putting forth this collection and reintroducing these stories to modern readers! This is a collection of short stories that are suppose to be ghost and horror stories compiled together. Although, these stories were enjoyable there was really no excitement in reading them. Each and every one was predictable, not scary, and overdone. I did however enjoy a few so I didn't want to give less then 2 stars. I also increased my vocabulary quite a bit by reading these. Overall, this book was only 1. Apr 19, Brendan rated it liked it Shelves: horror , short-stories.
As a whole the collection is better than average, but Bierce carries such a lofty reputation that I expected even better. A few pieces, such as "The Man and the Snake", meet expectations, but a few weaker entries just aren't worthy of a master. At his best, he handles the surprise ending well or introduces an idea that sparks the reader's imagination. At his worst, he falls back on his redundant fascination with death-by-terror and fails to compensate for the cliche.
A man's mother is brutally murdered but, except for the finger marks around her neck, no trace of the killer can be found.
Dec 31, Chazlyn rated it it was ok. Less cosmic horrors and more ghost stories to tell to your friends at camp. Actually contains the sentence "It was of the Earth, earthy. Oct 29, Dena rated it liked it Shelves: classics , ghosts , z-halloweenreading. Jan 30, Kati Stafford rated it it was amazing. So thought provoking.
Left me thinking about the stories for hours afterwards. I loved his writing style and his quirky descriptions. I particularly enjoyed Psychological Shipwreck. Mar 22, Keith Parrish rated it liked it. This is a collection of short stories by 19th century writer Ambrose Bierce whose most famous story is probably "An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge" which is not included here. These stories are more spooky than scary. Bierce, in the classic 19th century style sets up mood for each story, but the punch is often less haymaker than gentle nudge.
Reading these, it is understandable where Bierce's reputation comes from.
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I'm not sorry I read it, but it's not one that will stay with me for long. Dec 21, Scott rated it really liked it Shelves: flat-capped. The Moonlit Road is a short horror story written by Ambrose Bierce, an American editorialist, journalist and short story writer. The moonlit Road was first published in Cosmopolitan magazine in Ambrose Bierce switched back and forth between rigidly controlled war stories and macabre, otherworldly ghost stories but he also publishes several volumes poetry.
This is my first experience with Ambrose Bierce and was a wonderful way to become acquainted with his works. This morbid and tragic tale The Moonlit Road is a short horror story written by Ambrose Bierce, an American editorialist, journalist and short story writer. This morbid and tragic tale of Julia Hetman is imparted to the reader from three perspectives that being Julia Hetman, her husband Joel Hetman, and her son Joel Hetman, Jr.
The irrational state of events are conveyed n an ambiguous and distorted manner which is never really resolved leaving the reader to make gleam some sense out of the affair for themselves. I enjoyed the narrative segments each one building on the story from a different point of view and it is completely subversive.
The language used is also beautifully eloquent and the three-handed narration is a very clever technique that I have never come across until now. The abrupt dark imagery used to describe these impossible events serves to not only draw you further into this world but to do so with ease. I would recommend this little tale, it plays out almost like a fireside ghost story or an urban legend. Jan 19, Tiz. The s are the Golden Age of ghost and horror, no question. I am an aficionado of the genre, as it may be noticed, but I have never read a book of the same kind and timeframe set in the United States.
Because what horrors were there, after all, in such a new country without past and ghost and traditions? Welcome to the subtle horror of the ancient, whispering, dripping forest where only one tiny light in a wooden cabin is lit and then goes out. Welcome to the horror of the beast or is it a woman? Welcome to prospecting for gold amidst the dead, in sun baked California, but be careful the dead may not like it All in all a superb reading, which I greatly enjoyed. Thumbs up. I'm not sure how I managed to never hear of Ambrose Bierce, but I genuinely regret the omission in my earlier reading.
His stories are creepy, but they are also weirdly fun. He's nailed down a proper horror atmosphere, which is often the hardest thing, and he generally has a good grasp of the twist ending and how to mange it, which is remarkably difficult. He did have a few endings that felt a bit off I find this weirdly common in horror of any kind , but most of the stories in this collection w I'm not sure how I managed to never hear of Ambrose Bierce, but I genuinely regret the omission in my earlier reading. He did have a few endings that felt a bit off I find this weirdly common in horror of any kind , but most of the stories in this collection were enjoyable all the way to the end.
In terms of atmosphere, he reminds me quite a bit of Lovecraft or perhaps Poe, though his focus is farther west than theirs was, which adds a different feeling to the stories. I will definitely be poking around for more of his writing now that I've discovered him. He's definitely worth reading for anyone who is interested in short horror stories. This book was provided to me for free via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jan 31, Ionia rated it liked it. I didn't find that any of these stories were particularly frightening.
The author was a huge talent, and did a great job choosing words and setting up the ambiance of his stories, but I felt like he lost me toward the end of each one. Perhaps with his writing style, it was intended to leave the reader drawing their own conclusions, but I want my horror books to be truly horrifying, and these just didn't do that for me. If you are a fan of thoughtful ghost and horror stories where one must use th I didn't find that any of these stories were particularly frightening.
If you are a fan of thoughtful ghost and horror stories where one must use the imagination to make the book work for them, then this would be a good choice. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and was provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own. Mar 16, Vanessa rated it liked it. Since these short stories, I think, are not going to give the modern reader any sort of scare not even a little bit it's probably best to critique it, rather, on one's enjoyment of the writing style, And here, and this is probably my own fault as I should have known better, the writing style is that late s - early s style in which the sentences meander all over the damn place and then abruptly end.
This style and I do not get along. In short, this was not for me, BUT I'm not the target Since these short stories, I think, are not going to give the modern reader any sort of scare not even a little bit it's probably best to critique it, rather, on one's enjoyment of the writing style, And here, and this is probably my own fault as I should have known better, the writing style is that late s - early s style in which the sentences meander all over the damn place and then abruptly end.
In short, this was not for me, BUT I'm not the target demographic.
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I received an ecopy from the publishers and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Dec 08, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction. A lot of the time my complaint with short stories is that they really aren't all that short, and I think an author can often do more with an actually short story than with a story that is long, but too short to be a book or novella. So I appreciated that these stories were quick and got right to the point, especially since that works particularly well with spooky stories.
Received from NetGalley. Great stories. Dec 05, Katie rated it it was amazing. Beautiful and poignant. Jun 16, Charles rated it really liked it Shelves: classics. A wonderfully chilling collection of classic ghostly stories from Ambrose Bierce. Mar 11, V! Dec 12, Hannah Givens rated it liked it Shelves: adult-fiction , horror , short-stories. Some stories are formulaic, but others are surprising, and several are quite scary.
Dec 18, Rajan rated it it was ok Shelves: horror.