The Moonlit Road and Other Ghost and Horror Stories (Dover Thrift Editions)
"Contains a number of excellent stories, including severalconsidered Bierce's best. I have to say, all of them were quitegood, and I was impressed at how so many of them are stillterrifying and suspenseful over a hundred years after Bierce wrotethem." —Battered, Tattered, Yellowed & CreasedFamed for the mordant wit and satire of his essays and newspapercolumns, Ambrose Bierce (1842–1914) also possessed a fascinationwith the macabre. His masterful tales of the supernatural bespeakan imagination generations ahead of its time, exhibitingimpressionistic conceits of reality in which space and time expandand contract according to individual perception.This stimulating and provocative collection of twelve ofBierce's finest ghost and horror stories abounds in crimes ofpassion, restless specters seeking revenge, haunted houses,forewarnings of doom, and sound minds deranged by contact with thespirit world. Selections include "The Eyes of the Panther," achilling account of a young woman's supernatural link to a beast ofthe forest; "A Watcher by the Dead," in which a madcap wager hasghastly consequences; "The Man and the Snake," a hallucinogenicencounter between serpent and human; "Moxon's Master," anineteenth-century caveat against the coming Machine Age; thecelebrated title story; and seven others.