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A BIERCE HALLOWEEN IN OHIO
WordStage Core Company, Cleveland, Ohio, stages excerpts from Ambrose Bierce for Halloween on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, 7:30 PM. Performed by Agnes Herrmann, Paul Slimak and Tim Tavcar accompanied by eerie incidental music by violinist Mary Beth Ions and pianist Patrick Wickliffe. Details HERE.
HORROR LITERATURE THROUGH HISTORY
An encyclopedic two-book study of weird literature. Ambrose Bierce is cited on page 215 of Volume One. Editor Matt Cardin writes: " The main author entry on Bierce is about three pages long, so there's room for Bierce to breathe in it, and for the reader to gain a real sense of his significance. It's accompanied by a sidebar article on Bierce's "The Damned Thing." Additionally, the encyclopedia features a separate stand-alone entry on "The Death of Halpin Frayser," which is itself accompanied by a sidebar discussing the story's status as a prototype for the modern zombie tale. Beyond this, Bierce is mentioned numerous times elsewhere in the encyclopedia's contents, in conjunction with his significant connection to other authors and works in the horror field, such as Lovecraft and Blackwood. Available HERE.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMBROSE BIERCE
June 24, 1842-died ?
To celebrate his 175th birthday, a new short story about an Ambrose Bierce road trip to the Deep South. Read HERE.
Mac Wellman's one-man play Bitter Bierce or The Fiction We Call Grief, originally produced in 2003, was restaged in Cleveland in March 2017 as part of a Mac Wellman Homecoming Festival." Details HERE. Additional performances throughout April.
The play can be read HERE.
AMBROSE BIERCE CITED BY JAPANESE PRIME
SHINTO ABE AT SUMMIT WITH OBAMA
Abe, quoting a Bierce poem, spoke at the USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, on Dec. 27, 2016, following his meeting with President Obama. Abe's full text:
The poem Abe cites is titled "To E. S. Salomon," which is in Bierce's Black Beetles in Amber. In it, Bierce condemns Salomon who delivered a Memorial Day oration bitterly protesting decorating the graves of Confederate dead. Bierce's poem reads in part:
The brave respect the brave. The brave
Respect the dead; but you -- you draw
That ancient blade, the ass's jaw,
And shake it o'er a hero's grave.
WHO WAS E.S. SALOMON ANYWAY?
According to the History of the Bench and Bar of California by Oscar T. Shuck (1901): Edward Selig Salomon was born in Schleswig, Germany, in 1836, and emigrated to America in 1854. He settled in Chicago where he studied law. During the Civil War he served as a lieutenant colonel in the Union army in which he fought at Gettysburg. After the war he was named governor of the Washington Territories. In 1875 he resumed the practice of law in San Francisco, where he became a state legislator and assistant district attorney. Salomon died in 1913.
AMBROSE BIERCE AND THE PERIOD OF HONORABLE STRIFE
by Christopher Coleman
T h e C i v i l W a r a n d t h e E m e r g e n c e o f a n A m e r i c a n W r i t e r