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By Ambrose Bierce

A veteran of a few of the bloodiest battles of the Civil battle, Ambrose Bierce went directly to turn into one of many darkest and such a lot demise haunted of yank writers, the blackest of black humorists. This quantity gathers the main celebrated and critical of Bierce's writings. in the course of lifestyles (Tales of infantrymen and Civilians), his selection of brief fiction concerning the Civil struggle, consisting of the masterpieces "An prevalence at Owl Creek Bridge" and "Chickamauga," is suffused with a fiercely ironic feel of the horror and randomness of warfare. Can Such issues Be? brings jointly "The dying of Halpin Frayser," "The Damned Thing," "The Moonlit Road," and different stories of terror that make Bierce the genre's most important American practitioner among Poe and Lovecraft. The Devil's Dictionary, the bright lexicon of subversively cynical definitions on which Bierce labored for many years, monitors to the whole his corrosive wit. In Bits of Autobiography, the sequence of memoirs that incorporates the memorable "What I observed of Shiloh," he recreates his stories within the conflict and its aftermath. the amount is rounded out with a range of his top uncollected tales. Acclaimed Bierce pupil S. T. Joshi offers targeted notes and a newly researched chronology of Bierce's existence and mysterious disappearance.

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A male voice said, far too close for comfort. ” He laughed, the sound rusty from disuse. ” A cool chain touched the skin on the back of her hand. Paul’s necklace. Rachel snatched for it, but missed. “So close,” he said smugly. ” The floodlights came on suddenly. Rachel blinked, temporarily blinded. “Claude? ” Gabriel asked. Rachel’s vision cleared and she saw the dark-haired man from the side street standing four feet from her. His green gaze was locked on Gabriel. ” she asked. Gabriel didn’t take his gaze off the other man when he answered.

He didn’t smile, just came to my side, his expression concerned. “Have you been here all night? ” He was paternal, a good twenty years older than me. I made a gesture of futility, not knowing how much I wanted to share and too tired to work it out. ” “No, there was a guy here . . ” I recognized immediately that Dr Bradley hadn’t seen the stranger. Just like Miriam. I stopped talking before I condemned myself. Dr Bradley cleared his throat. ” I was wary. ” “You look exhausted and have for a while.

I doubt you’ll be in the mood after I explain what really happened the night you were attacked. ” “Not much shocks me these days,” Rachel said, growing weary. ” He waited until he had her attention. ” she asked in confusion. Gabriel shook his head. “No, he was asanguis, a blood. ” Rachel slowly sat up, pulling the covers close as fear engulfed her. He was insane. She’d been so blinded by the promise of passion that she’d ignored what her gut had been telling her all along. ” His chin dropped. “You heard me.

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