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by Ambrose Bierce

Download Can such things be? (Short story index reprint series) epub
ISBN: 0836937678
ISBN13: 978-0836937671
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Literary
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Language: English
Publisher: Books for Libraries Press (1971)
Pages: 427 pages
ePUB size: 1907 kb
FB2 size: 1442 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 870
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I know more about Bierce himself than of his stories, except for the classic, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge", which is quite well known, and rightfully so. But Ambrose Bierce is one of those writers whose persona was at least the equivalent of his tales. I'll leave that to you to discover as I did, however; the joy is in the hunt!

This rendering of "Can Such Things Be?" is excellent, a collection of Bierce's creepier tales. Some are better than others, and the whole was a bit spoiled by the absence of his "Missing Persons" stories, most pointedly the infamous "The Difficulty of Crossing a Field". The complete edition can be found as an ePub on Google Books and can be converted to Kindle format rather easily if you're so inclined, but it lacks the attention to formatting and corrections this one has--all in all, a wonderfully done piece. As such, even with the omissions it's still a VERY worthwhile read with some wonderfully gruesome twists that will stay with you a long time. If you've never read Bierce, this is a terrific introduction and a wonderful free download; it was, in fact, the first for my new Kindle. I suspect you will enjoy it at least as much as I did!
It's always interesting to see how a genre developed. In this case, the genre is paranormal fiction. What we have here is a collection of mostly ghost stories and a little bit of sci-fi from a late 19th-century American writer. The stories are occasionally funny, mildly entertaining, and not at all shocking to readers used to today's horror and sci-fi tropes, but back then these stories must have been real head-spinners.
Ambrose Bierce was at his best with his horror and civil war stories. This collection of short stories includes both but focuses more on the horror. H.P. Lovecraft was fond of the opening story "The Death of Halpin Frayser" and this is an interesting tale, but I'd say the best stories in this volume are "The Monnlit Road", "Beyond the Wall", "The Middle Toe of The Right Foot", and "John Mortonson's Funeral". "The Damned Thing" ended up in the TV series "Masters of Horror".

These stories have a unique flavor and transport you to 19th century America.
Nice collection of short horror/ supernatural stories. Of course it includes two stories that are the origins of names/places that were used by R. Chambers for his collection book The King in Yellow, which is to say Carcosa and what has been continued and influenced many authors (namely HP Lovecraft) and the lore used in the first season of True Detective.
Bierce's "An Inhabitant of Carcosa" and "Haïta the Shepherd" were both major influences on "The King in Yellow" by Robert W. Chambers, as well as being solid, good stories in their own right. I'm amazed no one's yet tried to turn them into a movie.
This book has the "Inhabitant of Carcosa" story in it which is referenced in True Detective, if that's what you're looking for, you just have to search the Kindle copy for Carcosa because the chapters aren't linked, but hey, it's free!
Nice set of ghost stories set in the late 1800's, presented as actual news stories. I picked it up to read some of Ambrose Bierce's work and enjoyed it.
Fascinating reading!