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5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, articulate and grim, 14 Mar 2007
This review is from: Terror by Night: Classic Ghost and Horror Stories (Wordsworth Mystery & Supernatural) (Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural) (Paperback)
There are more than 50 short stories in this excellent collection. Some are no more than a couple of pages long and few are longer than ten pages. They are full of death, misery and pessimism but somehow manage to be fascinating and enjoyable. The quality of the writing is exceptional and, for the most part, a delight to read. In such a collection there are bound to be a few that won't appeal to everyone and I must admit that there were a couple where the style was a little bit too flowery and convoluted to suit my taste. I prefer a good balance of subtlety, eloquence and simplicity and I estimate that about 95% of these short stories suited this preference exactly. The humour, albeit remorselessly bitter, is irresistible. Bierce seems not to have been a very loveable man, but anyone who loves to read (even those who don't care for the horror genre) could love his writing. You can open the book at any page and reading any passage at random, find a fine collection of beautifully crafted sentences that will practically paint a picture in your mind of a person, scene or situation. It's poetry cobbled into horror.

Highly recommended.
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Initial post: 29 Dec 2010 09:23:14 GMT
rays_girl says:
Have you also come across The Devil's Dictionary? Cynical humour from Ambrose Bierce, and utterly quotable.

Posted on 28 Jul 2013 09:15:33 BDT
Ken Raus says:
Gosh, what a good revue
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