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The Complete Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce Paperback – December 1, 1984
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My great-grandfather was a disabled combat veteran;
my grandfather (1865-1960) a 100%-disabled veteran;
Dad (1913-1999) was a 20%-disabled WWII veteran...
a SEVERE injury c-a-n effect the rest of your life.
Ambrose Bierce---during the American Civil War---was shot in the face.
The bullet travelled around the outside of his skull, and came out the back of his head.
Bullets in THOSE days were more round than today, but, his survival---none-the-less---
was miraculous. His stories reflect war, horror, and death... in a fraction of the words that
anyone else would stretch out into a long [boring] novel.
My wind wonders, and easily. I LOVE short story anthologies. THIS Bierce's collection is re-
markable for someone that was in combat about the time MY grandfather was born.
In certain ways I can relate to this satirist. He saw things differently, and seemingly, had a
story about a wide range of subjects.
He was well educated with a compact delivery. Not everyone can write... novels, OR, short
stories. Many of these [short] stories, are written in both first- and third-person. He, often,
comes to a fork-in-the-road, and does what many of us would do... he takes it.
The slightly different paths he takes in his stories are, OFTEN, pulled to finality in the final
The Civil War stories are the best ones, but, the horror stories are ahead of their time, and
nothing like what you'd see on The SyFy Channel. Bierce---because of his injury, and seeing
DEATH so often early in his life---has a macabre fascination with death, but, leaves gore to
The "tall tales" are cleverly ridiculous.Read more ›
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Great short stories. The roots of American horror, with Civil war tales and other fantasies. A great contemporary of Poe and Lovecraft.Published 1 month ago by Bruce Leierer
This is a collection of stories by a little known writer from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Some contain supernatural events and others are set during a war, primarily the Civil... Read morePublished 5 months ago by RK