"Moonlit Road" and Other Ghost and Horror Stories (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – 1 Feb 2000
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On the other hand, any dedicated Ambrose Bierce fan will find this book inadequate and too short, so they should go for the greater books or anthologies, since they truly encompass the entire spectrum and contain all variations of Bierce's story-telling.
1) The Eyes of the Panther - A young woman refuses to marry a man repeatedly and he demands to know why so she tells him she is insane and proceeds to tell him a story. It's a good story but it made me think too much of the original movie "Cat People", perhaps they got the idea from this story. (3/5)
2) The Moonlit Road - I hadn't recognized just by the title but it came to me quickly that I've read this one before. A son is called home from college urgently to discover his mother has been brutally murdered. Shortly afterward his father, while out on a walk with him, takes off and disappears forever. Told in three points of view first from the son, then the father and finally the mother, through the aid of a medium.Read more ›
This collection brings together twelve of his ghostly tales, ranging from the well known ("The Boarded Window") to lesser known ("Moxon's Master"). The majority of these tales play on man's innate fear of things that come naturally: the dark; a decaying, abandoned structure; an unexplained sound breaking the silence of the night . . . As Bierce states in his tale, "The Moonlit Road", "Fear has no brains; it is an idiot". There are those things we universally "fear" without any sort of reason to accompany them. These are the things that Bierce so masterfully uses to manipulate our emotions and bring about that dread of the unknown.
Personal favorites of mine in this collection include "The Middle Toe of the Right Foot", "The Moonlit Road", and "Moxon's Master".
Highly recommended to fans of atmospheric horror.
*I received an e-copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
He disappeared on a trip to Mexico in 1913, while the country was in the misdt of the revolution led by Pancho Villa. The circumstances of Bierce's death have never been known, but it is thought that he was killed during the siege of Ojinaga in January 1914. If this alone does not intrigue you enough to buy it, then be prepared to be possessed with the macabre, as Ambrose purely was. A must if you like ghost and horror stories, a compelling, suspenseful read.