Cover of: Ghost and Horror Stories of Ambrose Bierce | Ambrose Bierce

About the Book

Collection of stories:
The death of Halpin Frayser --
Moxon's master --
Beyond the wall --
The Damned Thing
A Watcher by the Dead
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
The ways of ghosts --
Some haunted house --
"Mysterious disappearances" --
The man and the snake --
The suitable surroundings --
The eyes of the panther --
The famous Gilson bequest --
An adventure at Brownville --
An Inhabitant of Carcosa
The secret of Macarger's Gulch --
The moonlit road --
The haunted valley --
A jug of sirup --
The night-doings at "Deadman's" --
The middle toe of the right foot --
John Bartine's watch --
The stranger --
Visions of the night.

About the Edition

Ambrose Bierce was one of the strangest phenomena of American letters, The adjectives used to describe his writing--and character--tend to have a rather uncomplimentary ring: "venomous,""vindictive," "paranoid," "rancorous," "malevolent," yet few would deny his brilliance of intellect and style. About half of his fiction output consisted of stories of horror and the supernatural, a genre which appealed to his psyche constitution and may have reflected a deep inner torment.

This volume contains 24 of Bierce's best tales of the unknown. Morbid, cynical, eerie, they take you to a twilight region of flesh and spirit--and into the darkest recesses of the human mind. These are unusual constructions of terror and grim irony, reminiscent of Poe, the Gothic novel, and the Romantic short story, but having the unmistakable individual stamp of a man who knew first-hand something of the fears and spectres which haunt men.

In this volume you will come across a number of old favorites: "An Inhabitant of Carcosa," "The Eyes of the Panther," "The Death of Halpin Frayser," "An Adventure at Brownville," and such chillers as "The Middle Toe of the Right Foot," "The Damned Thing," and "Moonlight Road" (a minor masterpiece in which events of the story are told from three different points of view, including that of the victim as spoken through a medium). You will also find some less familiar, but equally fascinating stories and pieces not available elsewhere, e.g. "Visions of the Night," in which Bierce gives us a rationale for his "reverse holiness" and the surrealistic morality that permeates these writings. Bierce's characters--possessed poets, shabby aristocrats, grimy professional men, revived corpses, haunted malefactors--live in a spare, perverse world. Patricide, the revenge of the dead, inexplicable disappearances, dreadful ironies, hypnotism and second sight, and the like, form much of the substance of these unsettling tales.
--back cover

Table of Contents

The death of Halpin Frayser --
Moxon's master --
Beyond the wall --
The damned thing --
A watcher by the dead --
An occurrence at Owl Creek bridge --
The ways of ghosts --
Some haunted house --
"Mysterious disappearances" --
The man and the snake --
The suitable surroundings --
The eyes of the panther --
The famous Gilson bequest --
An adventure at Brownville --
An inhabitant of Carcosa --
The secret of Macarger's Gulch --
The moonlit road --
The haunted valley --
A jug of sirup --
The night-doings at "Deadman's" --
The middle toe of the right foot --
John Bartine's watch --
The stranger --
Visions of the night.

Edition Notes

Copyright Date
1964

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
813.4

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Pagination
xxi, 199p.

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL21477164M
Internet Archive
ghosthorrorstori00bier
ISBN 10
0486207676
ISBN 13
9780486207674
OCLC/WorldCat
233889, 905526625
Amazon.com
0486207676
Google
RbAjlzWBb6gC
Library Thing
106012
Goodreads
78463
Borrow Preview

Check your local library


Buy this book

Amazon $1.65 (used)
Better World Books $4.48 (used)

History

Download catalog record: RDF / JSON / OPDS
August 13, 2019 Edited by Lisa Added edition details from linked copy.
August 13, 2019 Edited by Lisa Added new cover
August 13, 2019 Edited by Lisa Moved edition to primary work.
May 16, 2019 Edited by Clean Up Bot import existing book
November 2, 2008 Created by ImportBot Initial record created, from Talis MARC record.