Ghost and Horror Stories by Ambrose Bierce

Ghost and Horror Stories

23 modern horror stories by American master. "The Eyes of the Panther," "The Damned Thing," 21 more. "These pieces are not dated, nor are they lacking any of the narrative elements necessary to attract and hold the attention of anyone interested in the horror genre." — SF Booklog.

Details Ghost and Horror Stories

TitleGhost and Horror Stories
Release DateJun 1st, 1964
PublisherDover Publications (NY)
GenreHorror, Short Stories, Classics, Fiction, Gothic, Paranormal, Ghosts, Ghost Stories

Reviews Ghost and Horror Stories

  • mark monday
    all hail Ambrose Bierce! an American original. aka "Bitter Bierce" - a soldier, government agent, journalist, short story writer, satirist, social critic. his life bookended by two wars: at age 19 in the American Civil War (most notably, fighting in the Battle of Shiloh) and at age 71 as a witness to Pancho Villa's revolutionary efforts in Mexico (most notably... vanishing without a trace).gaze upon the dapper don: Bierce was a misanthrope of the...
  • Quirkyreader
    This book gets five stars all around. By reading these stories I can see how Bierce inspired Lovcraft. Sometimes if you close your eyes and forget that it is a Lovecraft tale, Bierce comes shining through.Bierce is often forgotten when it comes to late 19th century writers. I hope that the situation can be rectified.
  • Leothefox
    For the modern reader, “bitter” Ambrose Bierce is either that guy who wrote “An Occurrence At Own Creek Bridge” (which you were required to read in school but pretended to be surprised at the dozens of films that recycled its twist) or he's the guy you read about on Wikipedia in connection to a more recent dead author who may have read or pretended to (you know who you are). In either case, the reality of his prose is a pleasant surprise....
  • Erik Graff
    The most notable of these stories is "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" (1890) which was filmed in France as a black and white silent short in 1963 and broadcast on television's Twilight Zone in 1964 at which time I probably saw it with my father. In any case, that put Bierce in mind and, liking fantastic literature, eventually I read this Dover collection of some of his work. Years later, after a friend and I had started a youth movement in our...
  • Latasha
    I love this guy!
  • Charles
    I came to Bierce late in life but I soon made up for lost time. Excellent collection of his stories.
  • Joseph Patchen
    One of the faces on the Mt. Rushmore of Horror and Weird Tales.
  • Flora
    Oh, these are so, so good. Up there with Poe.
  • David Johnson
    I just got done reading “The Damned Thing” by Ambrose Bierce. Hugh Morgan was the man mauled by the mountain lion. The jurors were trying to figure out what happened to the man. William Hanker was the witness and the jurors were questioning him. Hugh Morgan was a timid writer and like to hunt. William Hankers was a very strong writer and saw what happened to his friend. He was scared and past out. He woke up to his friend screaming and then ...
  • Aaron Francione
    As good as Poe, and one can see the influence it had on Lovecraft. Not just in Lovecraft's appropriation of Carcosa, but in the selective sequence of events leading to a dramatic end. Phrasing such as non-euclidean geometry, and cyclopean architecture, terrifying dream-planes, and extra-dimensional beasts stand out as Lovecraftian and plant the seeds of early weird fiction. Other than the language it's surprisingly not dated for having been writt...
  • Tucker
    Most of these stories feel very dated -- they are not the sort of ghost stories that would scare anyone today, and you have to imagine what it must have been like to live in the 1800s and hear these kind of "Unsolved Mysteries" creepy rumors around the campfire. Usually there is not a complex story arc. It is just: Once upon a time, there were some people and these coincidences happened, and then they realized that the other people were ALREADY D...
  • Tifany
    Since I'm on the subject of ghost stories, Ambrose Bierce is one of the few Victorians who still hold up today--even if it's much easier for us, as a modern audience, to spot the twist, as so many ghost stories since have borrowed from Bierce. There's the famous "Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge," of course, but by far the best, to me, is "The Moonlit Road." It's hard to say exactly why this story, in particular, is so strangely and sadly haunting.
  • Dorothy
    WOW...That was my comment throughot the entire book...Ambrose Bierce is indeed the master of gothic stories and a genius narrator...His sarcasm is hidden wisely and noticeable only to careful readers...Read these stories early in the morning, just after sunrise,if possible after a sleepless night, trust me. =)
  • WhitneyMarie
    My number one favorite for horror/fear/scary whatever ya wanna call it stories! His civil war creepers are my favorite. I read this book over and over and was sad to finish it each time. I love the damn thing.
  • Sharon Smith
    Sooo wonderfully creepy!
  • Jessica
    Fairly interesting short stories. Not scary, but interesting. Very similar to Poe's style of writing.
  • TOM
    After reading this collection of stories I can safely say I am not really a fan of Bierce’s prose. Incredibly short and lifeless stories containing just the bare backbone of facts, akin to a news report. Absolutely no character depth and ultimately stark and unsatisfying. At best, occasional tales are sometimes clever and wry, at worst dry and at times incomprehensible pretentious wafflings.So many of the stories just merge into one another and...
  • Gwen
    For me, it just isn't summer without some sort of ghost stories. I went on vacation to MO last week and packed almost a half dozen books to read on the trip during the down time between canoeing, cave exploration, and chaperoning my nieces in the pool. After all that physical effort, there is nothing like reading ghost stories while sitting in a rocker on the porch while the bugs are buzzing outside at night.I'd say that the quality and the subje...
  • Pieter Swier
    The Death of Halpin Frayser ~ ★★★Moxon’s Master ~ ★★★★Beyond the Wall ~ ★★★The Damned Thing ~ ★★★The Watcher by the Dead ~ ★★★★An Ocurrence at Owl Creek Bridge ~ ★★★★★The Way of Ghosts ~ ★★★Some Haunted Houses ~ ★★★“Mysterious Disappearances” ~ ★★★The Man and the Snake ~ ★★★The Suitable Surroundings ~ ★★★★The Eyes of the Panther ~ ★★★★The Famous Gilson Beque...
  • Ellis Hastings
    It had some brilliant tales; Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, The Left Toe of The Right Foot, etc. Tales that I would easily rate 5 stars individually. However, it also had some tales that, while well-written, were almost forgetful. Overall, however, I enjoyed the collection.
  • Bradley
    It's great to get into pre-lovecraftian horror and tales of the fantastic. Mr. Bierce has a serious knack for the sardonic and a truly subtle twist in words.
  • Becky Churchman
    Some of the stories are really good, but others get too predictable. Look for some of his greats like "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," "The Middle Toe of the Right Foot," and "The Damned Thing."
  • Marie
    This one scared the crap out of me. Bravo!
  • Doug
    I'll give it four stars instead of five simply because there might be a more perfect collection of his stories out there somewhere.
  • Michelle B
    Bierce is a master of art and language; not a word wasted.
  • Zack
    .5, when the introduction harps on how bad the author's writing will be and then you read the first story and it is that bad, it is time to abandon the book. I'm not one to quit books, but this one was rough. The mystery of Bierce's life is cool, but his writing at least in this context is that bad.
  • Rr
    omg i almost peed me pants
  • Shon
    Other than the story where the guy beats his robot at chess, only for it to strangle him, I found most of the stories boring.