* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Bierce’s life and works
* Concise introductions to the collections and other texts
* The rare novella THE DANCE OF DEATH appears here for the first time in digital print
* ALL the short story collections, with individual contents tables
* Featuring 475 tales, many appearing for the first time in digital print
* Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Famous works such as COBWEBS FROM AN EMPTY SKULL
are fully illustrated with their original artwork
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry, essays and the short stories
* Easily locate the works you want to read
* The complete non-fiction, with many scarce essays and newspaper articles
* Includes Bierce’s letters – spend hours exploring the author’s personal correspondence
* Special criticism section, with essays evaluating Bierce’s contribution to literature
* Also provides a unique ‘Biercian Texts’ section with interesting articles on the works and disappearance of Ambrose Bierce
* Features a bonus full biography – discover Bierce’s literary life
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
THE DANCE OF DEATH
THE MONK AND THE HANGMAN’S DAUGHTER
THE LAND BEYOND THE BLOW
The Short Story Collections
THE FIEND’S DELIGHT
COBWEBS FROM AN EMPTY SKULL
PRESENT AT A HANGING, AND OTHER GHOST STORIES
IN THE MIDST OF LIFE: TALES OF SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS
CAN SUCH THINGS BE?
THE PARENTICIDE CLUB
THE FOURTH ESTATE
THE OCEAN WAVE
KINGS OF BEASTS
The Short Stories
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
The Poetry Collections
BLACK BEETLES IN AMBER
SHAPES OF CLAY
FABLES IN RHYME
SOME ANTE-MORTEM EPITAPHS
THE SCRAP HEAP
LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
THE SHADOW ON THE DIAL, AND OTHER ESSAYS
THE DEVIL’S DICTIONARY
WRITE IT RIGHT
ASHES OF THE BEACON
“ON WITH THE DANCE!”: A REVIEW
A CYNIC LOOKS AT LIFE
BITS OF AUTOBIOGRAPHY
MISCELLANEOUS ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
LIST OF ESSAYS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF ESSAYS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
THE LETTERS OF AMBROSE BIERCE
AMBROSE BIERCE by Vincent Starrett
AMBROSE BIERCE: AN APPRAISAL by Frederic Tabor Cooper
ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO BOOST BIERCE INTO IMMORTALITY
THE UNDERGROUND REPUTATION OF AMBROSE BIERCE
AMBROSE BIERCE by Ella Sterling Cummins
LIST OF BIERCIAN ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
AMBROSE BIERCE: A BIOGRAPHY by Carey McWilliams
The stories in this edition include: "What I Saw at Shiloh," "A Son of the Gods," "Four Days in Dixie," "One of the Missing," "A Horseman in the Sky," "The Coup de Grace," "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," "The Story of Conscience," "One Kind of Officer," "Chickamauga," and five more.
Bierce's stories employ a buildup of suggestive realistic detail to produce grim and vivid tales often disturbing in their mood of fatalism and impending calamity. Hauntingly suggestive, they offer excellent examples of the author's dark pessimism and storytelling power.
This new collection gathers some of Bierce's finest stories, including the celebrated Civil War fictions 'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge' and 'Chickamauga', his macabre masterpieces, and his tales of supernatural horror. Reminiscent of Poe, these stories are marked by a sardonic humour and a realistic study of tense emotional states.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
"Why did you do that?" said the Dogs.
"Because," replied the Sheep, "I am a vegetarian."
This and 244 other "fantastic fables" from the bitter pen of Ambrose Bierce fill this little volume to overflowing with a rich feast of Bierce's misanthropy. Bierce didn't miss a thing—greedy politicians, thieving doctors, not so pious holy men, aldermen, poets, naturalists, poodles, lions, kangaroos, judges, diplomats, legislators—all fall under close scrutiny in a delicious blend of sarcasm and satire that leaves no institution or pomposity of modern life unscathed. Called "the American Swift," Bierce is one of the rare masters of the fable: like Aesop and La Fontaine, often personifying objects, animals, and even abstract concepts to reinforce his satire.
This is an unabridged reprint of the original edition—all 245 fables. Do not confuse it with the abridged editions.
This anthology of unabridged short stories represents some of the most significant works from the most influential American authors of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Included are Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving, Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe, Mermaids by Louisa May Alcott, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce, and The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry.
These ten treasured stories from the most influential authors of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are selected for their literary importance as well as their dramatic, oral qualities. The following stories are included in this collection:"The One Million Pound Bank Note" by Mark Twain"The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" by Mark Twain"A Visit to Niagara" by Mark Twain"Mysterious Visit" by Mark Twain"The Blue Hotel" by Stephen Crane"The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky" by Stephen Crane"The Eyes of the Panther" by Ambrose Bierce"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce"The Love of Life" by Jack London"To Build a Fire" by Jack London
Volume 9 launches with "The Ash Tree", M.R. James' insight into an enigmatic woman and her rituals around this mysterious tree.
A condemned man and over zealous executioners generate shocking results, in Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Los Amigos Fiasco".
An immoral wager leads to terror when the dead rise in Ambrose Bierce's "A Watcher by the Dead".
Lovecraft takes us exploring through a lost world of ancient evil in "The Nameless City".
M. Valdemar may be living longer than he bargained for in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar".
HP Lovecraft returns with Jeff Combs at the reading helm in "Herbert West: Reanimator Part 2 - The Plague Daemon".
Edgar Allan Poe concludes Volume Nine with the classic poem "Alone".