Can Such Things Be?

  • by Ambrose Bierce
  • Narrated by Anthony Heald
  • 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Prepare yourself for the shocking, the strange, and the terrifying in Ambrose Bierce’s 1893 story collection Can Such Things Be? One of the greatest masters of horror brings you 25 tales of the supernatural and the unexplained. Whether in stories of ghosts sending desperate warnings to their human counterparts, psychics attempting to bridge unknown dimensions, howling werewolves, or a robot who takes on a life of his own, Bierce plumbs the depths of fear and fascination. Spooky thrills and mind-bending mysteries await all who dare to open the cover of Can Such Things Be?


What the Critics Say

Praise for the works of Ambrose Bierce: “These pieces are not dated, nor are they lacking any of the narrative elements necessary to attract and hold the attention of anyone interested in the horror genre.” (SF Booklog)


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Customer Reviews

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Excellent narration of the classics

I loved listening to Anthony Heald reading these wonderful old tales from Bierce. He was just perfect here! If you've read Bierce, you'll love the collection. If not, you'll love it all the more. He's the kind of author you wish you could read again for the first time because there's no one quite like him. As with Poe, many have attempted to imitate him, but all fail in the attempt. He remains his own twisted, unique self and I love him for it. May you enjoy this collection as much as I did.
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- Die Falknerin "Painter, musician, bibliophile..."

No one talks like this anymore :-(

Would you consider the audio edition of Can Such Things Be? to be better than the print version?

I haven't had the pleasure of reading the print version. Although I may do so now. I was a little intimidated by the language. As no one speaks like this anymore; although that did add to the charm of it.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Once I figured out where everything was headed it was quite a suprise and very enjoyable.

What does Anthony Heald bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think he lends credence to the language. If I had just read this story, I would have been more compelled to stop and fixate on the language. As it's read you can't really fixate on the old fashioned verbage as much; which leaves you free to enjoy the story.

If you could rename Can Such Things Be?, what would you call it?

I don't think I would rename it. The name fits for more then one reason. I don't want to go into those as I think it would spoil the over all tone of the book.

Any additional comments?

This was quite interesting; I would be very interested in hearing more stories of this type. It's well worth getting.

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- Eva

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-02-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.