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'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge' (1890) is a short story by the American writer and Civil War veteran Ambrose Bierce. The story, which is set during the American Civil War, is known for its irregular time sequence and twist ending. Bierce's abandonment of strict linear narration in favor of the internal mind of the protagonist is an early example of the stream of consciousness narrative mode.Described as 'one of the most famous and frequently anthologised stories in American literature', A must read for all Civil War and American history buffs!Show more
In 'Iconoclastic Memories of the Civil War: Bits of Autobiography,' Bierce recounts some of his experiences as a soldier. At the outset of the American Civil War, Bierce enlisted in the Union Army's 9th Indiana Infantry Regiment. In February 1862 he was commissioned First Lieutenant, and served on the staff of General William Babcock Hazen as a topographical engineer, making maps of likely battlefields. Bierce fought at the Battle of Shiloh (April 1862), a terrifying experience that became a source for several later short-stories as well as the memoir, 'What I Saw of Shiloh'. In June 1864, he sustained a serious head wound at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, and spent the rest of the summer on furlough, returning to active duty in September. He was discharged from the army in January 1865.Show more
A man named Manton killed his wife and his two children and managed to get away with it. Ten years later he returns to the house where the crime was committed. He is recognized by the locals and he is provoked into a duel which is to be held in the haunted house where Manton killed his family. The locals were aiming to scare Manton away. However, the day after the duel Manton was found dead. Was it Manton’s opponent who had killed him or had the ghost of his past caught up to him? Find out the answers in Ambrose Bierce’s ghost story 'The Middle Toe of the Right Foot'.Show more
Joel Hetman Jr. is summoned home because his mother was found dead. The only thing his father saw was an unknown man fleeing their home. The murderer was never found and the crime case turned to a mystery. One night Joel and his father were walking down a moonlit road when suddenly the father saw a pale figure. Was it a ghost or was he going crazy? Joel will finally find out what happened to his mother. 'The Moonlit Road' by Ambrose Bierce holds all the answers.Show more
Halpin Frayser awakes from a dreamless sleep and the only thing in his mind was the words 'Catherine Larue'. Frayer feels a shiver down his spine because this was not the first strange thing he had experienced that day. Earlier, he was hunting in the forest but he could feel that something was not quite right. The picture of a haunted forest dripping with blood had come up in his mind. He had seen himself writing a poem with blood. The corpse of his mother had been in front of him. When one day later a detective finds Frayser’s lifeless body, many questions begin to arise.Show more
'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and Other Tales' is a collection of 23 stories by the American author Ambrose Bierce. It consists of some of the author’s best known works such as 'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge', 'Chickamauga', 'A Horseman in the Sky' and many others. The American Civil War, execution of plantation owner, twist endings, stream of consciousness narration, soldiers who are morally challenged, horses running through the sky, murder and supernatural occurrences. The collection of stories promises to take up not only those, but also more intriguing cases.Show more
Monk Ambrosius arrives at a rural monastery and the last thing he expects to happen is to be drawn into sympathy with a young girl. Her name is Benedicta, the local hangman’s daughter. Ambrosius is not allowed to spend time with Benedicta but he opposes his superiors and stands by her side until a young impetuous man confronts him. The battle between mind and heart is fierce. Find out what will prevail in Ambrose Bierce’s story 'The Monk and the Hangman's Daughter'.Show more
Seit langer Zeit wieder ein gemeinsames Projekt der Sprecher von den 'Drei Fragezeichen': Drei Stimmen + Drei Autoren + Drei Musiker = Drei Geschichten. Unter diesem Motto ist die erste gemeinsame CD von Andreas Fröhlich, Oliver Rohrbeck und Jens Wawrczeck bei dem Label 'Lauscherlounge' entstanden. Die Sprecher der Kulthörspielserie 'Die drei Fragezeichen' präsentieren auf dem Tonträger jeweils einzeln ihre favorisierte Gruselgeschichte. Dazu hat jeder der Drei unter eigener Regie und in Zusammenarbeit mit einem Musiker ein Soundkonzept für seine Erzählung entwickelt und ihr somit seine ganz persönliche Note verliehen. Dieses Arrangement aus Lesung, musikalischer Untermalung und einzigartiger Geräuschkulisse zieht die Hörer vollends in den Bann der Geschichten von Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce und Guy de Maupassant.Show more
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