Ambrose Bierce

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Ambrose Bierce aka Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce aka "Bitter Bierce" aka "Dod Grile"

America 1842 – @ 1914

Comments: Gothic horror and Satire; voluntarily disappeared later in life into Mexico to leave a mystery; Civil War and the Mexican Revolution;


Teachers: Mark Twain; Edgar Allan Poe; Robert W. Chambers; Monk Lewis; Ann Radcliffe; Horace Walpole; George Bernard Shaw; Oscar Wilde; E. T. A. Hoffmann; Arthur Machen; Algernon Blackwood; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes; Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly; Nathaniel Hawthorne, gothic horror writer; H. G. Wells; Sheridan le Fanu ; Bram Stoker, of Dracula; Johann Georg Faust; Goethe; Christopher Marlowe; Sir Walter Scott; Algernon Blackwood; Arthur Machen; Guy de Maupassant; Lord Dunsany;


Students: Walter Gibson of The Shadow; Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward AKA Sax Rohmer; H. P. Lovecraft; Dennis Wheatley; William Hope Hodgson; George Sterling; W. C. Morrow aka William Chambers Morrow; Joe Nickell ; Robert Enrico, Director; Brian James Egen, Director; Shelley Duvall, actress; Michael Barton, Director; Tobe Hooper, Director; Rodney Waschka II, composer; Carlos Fuentes; Robert Heinlein; Richard O'Conner ; Clifton Fadiman; Kurt Vonnegut;

Friends: Mary Ellen "Mollie" Day, wife, 1871; William Randolph Hearst aka Citizen Kane, publisher; Blanche Partington; Father James Lienert; Walter Neale ;

Enemies: Humanity; Secretary of State Elihu Root;

Organizations: Union Army's 9th Indiana Infantry Regiment;

Author: The Devil's Dictionary aka The Cynic's Word Book; "What I Saw of Shiloh"; The Fiend's Delight,, 1873; Fantastic Fables; "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge", "The Boarded Window", "The Difficulty of Crossing a Field" , "Killed at Resaca", "Eyes of the Panther" and "Chickamauga", all short story ;articles and stories in The Argonaut, The San Francisco News Letter, the Overland Monthly, The Californian, The Wasp and Fun magazine in England ; 12 vol. Collected Works were published in 1909; Nuggets and Dust Panned Out In California; Cobwebs from an Empty Skull; The Dance of Death with Thomas Arundel Harcourt & William Herman, (1877); Tales of Soldiers and Civilians ; Black Beetles in Amber (1892) (poetry); The Monk and the Hangman's Daughter (with Adolphe De Castro, (1892) ; Can Such Things Be? (1893), incldes the Robert W. Chambers inspired An Inhabitant of Carcosa" ; Shapes of Clay (poetry); "The Damned Thing" , 1893; A Son of the Gods, and A Horseman in the Sky ; The Parenticide Club ;The Shadow On The Dial, and Other Essays ; A Vine on a House; The Stranger; The Moonlit Road;


Quotes: "Nothing matters"; Ocean - A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man — who has no gills; Birth - The first and direst of all disasters;



Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambrose_Bierce; read him here http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/b#a206 ; listen to him here https://librivox.org/author/417?primary_key=417&search_category=author&search_page=1&search_form=get_results; http://www.feastofhateandfear.com/archives/bierce.html