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A bold, new collection of essays and other writings about Ambrose Bierce. The contents of Deliverance of Sinners--a line from Bierce's classic Devil's Dictionary--detail the relationship between Bierce and H.L. Mencken; Bierce's fury over a celebrated poem by Edwin Markham; how Vincent Starrett broke the story of Bierce's mysterious disappearance in Mexico; Bierce's rapport with the agnostic Robert G. Ingersoll; the parallels between the work of Bierce and Stephen Vincent Benet; Bierce's greatest literary flop; how the Little Blue Books kept his fiction alive; satire, book reviews, interviews with Bierce scholars S.T. Joshi and Jack Matthews; yarns embracing William Randolph Hearst and Jack Sterling; Bierce's mythical road trip to Carcosa; and a short play in which Bierce meets his match in Gertrude Atherton. Order HERE
DEFINITIVE, THREE-VOLUME EDITION OF BIERCE'S SHORT FICTION
The stories in this volume are presented in definitive texts based on a consultation of manuscripts and early publications. They are edited by S. T. Joshi, a leading authority on Bierce and weird fiction. Three volumes, sold as a set.
Volume 1: Tales of Psychological and Supernatural Horror
Volume 2: Tales of the Civil War and Tales of the Grotesque
Volume 3: Tall Tales and Satirical Sketches; Political Fantasies and Future Histories
From Hippocampus Press. Purchase HERE
AT LAST! GRAVE MARKER FOR BIERCE FAMILY
In January 2020, the St. Helena (California) Public Cemetery Association led a drive to raise $800 to pay for a simple marker to honor the family of Ambrose Bierce, the only bare plot remaining in the cemetery. In 1885, Bierce and his family moved to St. Helena. The members included his wife Mary Ellen "Mollie" Day Bierce, sons Leigh and Raymond (known as Day), and daughter Helen, who does not appear to be bured here. Also missing: Ambrose himself, whose remains have never been found.
FROM WARBLER PRESS
New, annotated edition of Ambrose Bierce's Civil War writing: six essays and twenty stories. Edited and introduced by William McCann. In both paperback and Kindle. Purchase HERE
DEFINITIVE COLLECTION OF AMBROSE BIERCE LETTERS IN THE WORKS
One of the world's foremost scholars of weird fiction, S. T. Joshi, has been laboring on this project for many years, It may well see the light of day within the next two years. Joshi writes: "I am working hard on editing Ambrose Bierce's letters, a project that will extend to three volumes, and which the luckless Derrick Hussey will probably be obliged to publish under the Hippocampus Press imprint--although that may not happen until 2020 or even 2021. There are a number of tough issues that I may not be able to resolve without a trip to various archives in California, and I'm not sure when I will be able to schedule such a trip. But I am committed to this project, on which I have been working off and on (mostly off) for more than two decades."
FROM OLDSTYLE TALES PRESS
The Damned Thing and Other Horrors: The Best Weird Fiction and Ghost Stories of Ambrose Bierce. Annotated and Illustrated by M. Grant Kellermeyer. Purchase HERE
DON SWAIM & S.T. JOSHI IN NEW YORK
The occasion was Joshi's birthday and a book-signing to celebrate the publication of his memoir What is Anything? Don is the author of The Assassination of Ambrose Bierce: A Love Story, which Joshi edited and for which Joshi wrote the introduction.
FROM MONTAG PRESS
Don Swaim's Man With Two Faces is described as "a Depression era superheo radio serial." In the Great Depression, a soldier of fortune, diamond thief, and rum runner turned vigilante annihilates hit men, kidnappers, mobsters, blackmailers, Chinese tongs, spies, and Nazis. Celluloid glamour and radio riches clash with the Dust Bowl and Hoovervilles as Tokoloshe and his Amazonian-bred, blowgun-wielding sidekick Diana fight for truth and justice.
"Don Swaim writes with such bravura assurance and rollicking good humor that the readers are carried along from beginning to end with little chance--or desire--to catch their breaths." -- S.T. Joshi
Interview with Don about Man With Two Faces in the Bucks County (PA) Herald.
"Decopunk and Self-Reflection," Don's essay on how Man With Two Faces sprang from its literary cocoon can be read on Sandra Carey Cody's blog:
Birth of a Novel
BIERCE FABLE IN NEW
STEPHEN KING ANTHOLOGY
"The Flying Machine" by Ambrose Bierce appears in Stephen King's upcoming anthology of scary stories about flying, Flight or Fear. Bierce published his tale in the San Francisco Examiner on April 3, 1891, in an assemblage called "Fables and Allegories." First titled "The Clipper of the Clouds," it was republished in his collection Fantastic Fables (1899). Bierce's tiny, three-paragraph fable is an exercise in irony coupled with his misguided belief that man would never fly.. More
original art by Arnold Stark Lobel (1933-1987)
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