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Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Bierce

Chihuahua, Mexico

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce was an American Civil War soldier, wit, and writer. Bierce's book The Devil's Dictionary was named as one of "The 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature" by the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration.

16 min read

The Middle Toe of the Right Foot

One night, four men arrive at a notorious, reportedly haunted, house and prepare for a duel to the death.

1 min read

The Flying Machine

Venture capitalists get a bashing in this witty reworking of the -style fable.

15 min read

A Tough Tussle

At night, in the autumn of 1861, a brave but sensitive Federal officer sits alone in the heart of a forest in western Virginia.

13 min read

The Secret Of Macarger's Gulch

* Story contains bad language

A hunter stumbles upon a run-down little house and decides to spend the night - but finds himself plagued by disquieting thoughts and dreams

15 min read

The Night Doings At 'Deadman's'

Holed up in an isolated mountain shanty, the emaciated Mr. Hiram Beeson receives a visit from a dark stranger.

4 min read

Staley Fleming's Hallucination

Every night Staley Fleming wakes and sees in his room, intently watching him, a big black Newfoundland dog.

7 min read

An Inhabitant Of Carcosa

A man wakes from thought and realises he is wandering on an unfamiliar and desolate expanse of plain.

9 min read

The Boarded Window

'I fancy there are few persons living today who ever knew the secret of that window, but I am one, as you shall see.'

6 min read

A Diagnosis of Death

A man explains to his doctor how he came to believe in ghosts.

16 min read

My Favorite Murder

* Story contains bad language

A sort of 19th century American Psycho. More obviously humorous and satirical - but equally grim.

13 min read

One Of Twins

One half of a pair of absolutely identical twins tells of the strange, supernatural bond between him and his brother.

16 min read

Beyond the Wall

A visit on an old school friend finds a man plagued both by bad health and a gentle tapping from beyond his wall.....