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The Ways of Ghosts
The Ways of Ghosts

The Ways of Ghosts

And Other Dark Tales by Ambrose Bierce


Tales of the Weird


336 Pages, 5 x 7.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.99 (US $16.99) (CA $22.99)

Publication Date: April 2024

ISBN 9780712354974

Rights: US & CA

British Library Publishing (Apr 2024)

Price: $16.99


Motionless now and in absolute silence, she awaited her doom, the moments growing to hours, to years, to ages; and still those devilish eyes maintained their watch.

Seen by contemporaries as a natural successor to Edgar Allan Poe but with the added dimensions of a man who had witnessed true horror fighting in some of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War, Ambrose Bierce was one of America’s leading convention-defying writers, critics and essayists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries – but still remains relatively unknown by many fans of the genre.

This new collection not only brings together some of Bierce’s best and most unusual stories (such as ‘An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge’, ‘The Moonlit Road’ and ‘The Death of Halpin Frayser’) but also highlights those aspects of his life which saw him as a loner, someone who stepped aside from society and observed it as some other being. Even in death Bierce was unconventional, disappearing to join the Mexican Revolution, never to be seen again – a mystery editor Mike Ashley explores in a closing essay for the book.

Author Biography

Ambrose Bierce (1842–1913?) was an American writer, critic and essayist, famous for works of satire and cynicism such as The Devil’s Dictionary. He wrote over 200 short, fictive stories including a number of horror stories and weird tales. His stories remain fresh and unconventional when it comes to the unraveling of strange events.

Mike Ashley is an author, anthologist and editor with a specialism for seeking out rare strange stories from the periodicals and magazines of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is an expert in the fields of weird fiction and classic mystery stories, and a leading authority on the history and development of the occult detection tale.