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Terror by Night: Classic Ghost and Horror Stories Cover Image
By Ambrose Bierce, David Stuart Davies (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781840225341
Availability: Out of print
Published: Wordsworth Editions - September 5th, 2006

Of the 3 highly-influential early American horror writers, Poe and Lovecraft far outstrip Bierce in popularity. But for me he's more readable than either of them and evokes a more intimate and unnerving brand of terror. Also, Kurt Vonnegut esteemed Bierce's story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" so highly that he declared anyone who hadn't read it a "twerp." (And you don't want to be a twerp, do you??)