Synopses & Reviews
Famed for the mordant wit and satire of his essays and newspaper columns, Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) also possessed a fascination with the macabre. His masterful tales of the supernatural bespeak an imagination generations ahead of its time, exhibiting impressionistic conceits of reality in which space and time expand and contract according to individual perception.
This stimulating and provocative collection of twelve of Bierce's finest ghost and horror stories abounds in crimes of passion, restless specters seeking revenge, haunted houses, forewarnings of doom, and sound minds deranged by contact with the spirit world. Selections include "The Eyes of the Panther," a chilling account of a young woman's supernatural link to a beast of the forest; "A Watcher by the Dead," in which a madcap wager has ghastly consequences; "The Man and the Snake," a hallucinogenic encounter between serpent and human; "Moxon's Master," a nineteenth-century caveat against the coming Machine Age; the celebrated title story; and seven others.
Twelve engrossing, suspenseful tales by a master storyteller include "The Eyes of the Panther," "A Watcher by the Dead," "The Man and the Snake," "Moxon's Master," "The Boarded Window," and seven others.
Walking spirits, haunted houses, harbingers of doom, and other supernatural phenomena enliven these suspenseful tales by the celebrated newspaperman and essayist. Ambrose Bierce's 12 gripping stories include "The Eyes of the Panther," "A Watcher by the Dead," "The Man and the Snake," "Moxon's Master," "The Boarded Window," and seven others.
About the Author
Journalist, short story writer, and satirist Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) was equally adept in a variety of genres, from ghost stories to poetry to political commentary. Bierce's fiction is particularly distinguished by its realistic depictions of the author's Civil War experiences. His other Thrift Editions include The Devil's Dictionary, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and Other Stories, and Civil War Stories.
Table of Contents
The eyes of the panther -- The moonlit road -- The boarded window -- The man and the snake -- The secret of Macarger's Gulch -- The middle toe of the right foot -- A psychological shipwreck -- A holy terror -- John Bartine's watch -- Beyond the wall -- A watcher by the dead -- Moxon's master.