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Can Such Things Be? Paperback – July 9, 2013
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YA --Two masters of the horror form, in handsome new editions. Bierce's baroque nihilism and Bloch's colloquial morbidity have a natural appeal to teens. Both books include the authors' best known story (``The Damned Thing'' and ``Where the Buffalo Roam,'' respectively) and both could be used creatively in the classroom.
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''These pieces are not dated, nor are they lacking any of the narrative elements necessary to attract and hold the attention of anyone interested in the horror genre.'' -- SF Booklog
''Ambrose Bierce was an iconoclastic literary genius and . . . most readers will enjoy his malevolent skepticism and underlying rage against hypocrisy . . . His legacy is memorable.'' --Amazon.com editorial review --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
This rendering of "Can Such Things Be?" is excellent, a collection of Bierce's creepier tales. Some are better than others, and the whole was a bit spoiled by the absence of his "Missing Persons" stories, most pointedly the infamous "The Difficulty of Crossing a Field". The complete edition can be found as an ePub on Google Books and can be converted to Kindle format rather easily if you're so inclined, but it lacks the attention to formatting and corrections this one has--all in all, a wonderfully done piece. As such, even with the omissions it's still a VERY worthwhile read with some wonderfully gruesome twists that will stay with you a long time. If you've never read Bierce, this is a terrific introduction and a wonderful free download; it was, in fact, the first for my new Kindle. I suspect you will enjoy it at least as much as I did!
"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," the story which became the melancholy "Twilight Zone" episode of the same name, isn't here, but the book includes "A Resumed Identity," which I was surprised to notice inspired the "Twilight Zone" episode "The Passerby." Also missing are "The Difficulty of Crossing a Field" and one or two other short-shorts that simulated newspaper accounts and seem to have been in earlier editions. Bierce was a trickster and sceptic who'd likely have been amused to know that these later crept into dozens of non-fiction books about the paranormal.
Bierce disappeared with little trace in late 1913 or early 1914, probably in Mexico. Few facts support the legend that Pancho Villa had him killed. It's ironic that Bierce became the subject of a mystery like those in several of his stories. The fortean writer John A. Keel once claimed that, on the last day for which there's evidence Bierce was alive, December 26, 1913, a man named Ambrose disappeared in a southeastern coastal state -- one of the Carolinas, if I recall.Read more ›
These stories have a unique flavor and transport you to 19th century America.
Fans of HP Lovecraft have known about these authors for years.
For me, True Detective awoke a desire to revisit these gothic horror stories that I read in middle school.
They are still loads of fun. Nothing like and old-fashioned ghost story right before bed!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I recalled the ending of this story and most of the contents, but didn't understand it until I read the Wikipedia article. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dione Basseri
It's a little sketch that they don't have an editor listed in the book, and there are some spelling errors and general text formatting that gets kinda annoying, but all the stories... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Casey Beus
This is my all time favorite collection of Ghost Stories. They are not all scary, but they are fun reads. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lou Mills
Nice set of ghost stories set in the late 1800's, presented as actual news stories. I picked it up to read some of Ambrose Bierce's work and enjoyed it.Published 23 months ago by Patrick Walsh
skimmed through it a bit then put it down permanently. didn't grab my attention at all. don't waste your time.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer