American journalist, short story writer, and poet, Ambrose Bierce is best known for his formidably vicious wit - given free rein in his famous column, "The Prattler." But his stories were elegantly crafted, with a compelling blend of realistic detail, clever plot twists, and his own sardonic humor. These 8 macabre stories, read here by Mark Hammer, establish Bierce as a master of the genre. Included are "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," "The Damned Thing," "A Watcher by the Dead," "An Inhabitant of Carcosa," "The Famous Gilson Bequest," "The Eyes of the Panther," "The Secret of Macarger's Gulch," and "The Night-Doings at 'Deadman's'."
Narrator Mark Hammer's clear and authoritative tone allows the telling of these gripping stories of the macabre to be even more engaging and terrifying. Hammer uses vocal gymnastics to turn these carefully crafted stories into mini-movies that play in the listener's mind. His rendition of the most famous story in the collection, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," is both chilling and heartbreaking. The production sounds as if Hammer were narrating from "the other side," making these tales even more appealing.
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