About the Author
Ambrose Bierce (1842-ca. 1914) was an American journalist, short-story writer, and poet. Born in Ohio, he served in the Civil War and then settled in San Francisco. He wrote for Hearst's Examiner, his wit and satire making him the literary dictator of the Pacific coast and strongly influencing many writers. He disappeared into war-torn Mexico in 1913.
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-1873) was an Irish author and the leading writer of gothic and mystery stories of the time, helping develop the genre in the Victorian Era. His most widely-read works are Uncle Silas, In a Glass Darkly, and Carmilla.
Pierre Jules Theophile Gautier (1811-1872) was a French poet, dramatist, novelist, journalist, and art and literary critic. He was widely esteemed by writers as diverse as Balzac, Baudelaire, the Goncourt brothers, Flaubert, Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, Henry James, Proust and Oscar Wilde.