Ambrose Bierce represents a confluence of sorts for me personally. I am a Civil War buff obviously, as anyone who reads this blog well knows. However, a second passion of mine is the world of horror fiction, particularly short stories. Bierce, a Civil War soldier, was deeply affected by the war. He went on to become a writer of many short stories, including many in the horror genre, and disappeared after heading south into Pancho Villa’s Mexico as an old man.
Some of you may have at one time or another taken a look at the Horror Books section of my web site. Typically, as in the case of Robert Bloch’s Such Stuff As Screams are Made Of, I will rate each story on a scale of 1 to 10 and provide a short little blurb beneath that. As I read The Complete Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce, I hope to cover several of Bierce’s short stories a week in this same way in blog entries that will appear every Friday on a more or less regular basis.
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