Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce's 'The Man And His Demons'

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Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce: Bitter Bierce American Author In The Man and His Demons, Terrance Rafferty states, “ In his career Bierce wrote more than 40 spooky stories, most of them about ghosts, along with a fair number of short narratives.
Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (1842-1914) began his life in the American Romanticism movement and moved into the realism period. Bierce, an American journalist and short-story writer, draws a parallel between the sardonic writer's dark vision and his unhappy life. Ambrose earned the nickname “Bitter Bierce”. He earned it because of his sarcastic, biting wit. He was born in Horse Cave, Ohio on June 24, 1842. The environment he lived in influenced his writing. He was also experiencing an artistic renaissance,
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Terrance had said so much about Ambrose and how he knew more than any man should about both inward fears, their outward and visible signs. He was at least arguably the most powerful American writer of horror fiction between Poe and lovecraft. Bierce had wrote more than 40 spooky stories, some true, some fanciful - about the horrors of war. All his tales, both the ones about soldiers and the ones about the haunted and the haunting, are steeped in loneliness and dread, which he evokes with the precision of someone familiar with every nuance. I agree with the criticisms argument, because he’s right that Ambrose knows more than any man should about ghosts and death. Maybe ghosts and death are his fears. Ambrose had many different quotes. Most of his quotes are definitions. “Homicide, n. The slaying of one human being by another. There are four kinds of homicide: felonious, excusable, justifiable, and praiseworthy, but it makes no great difference to the person slain whether he fell by one kind or another.” Ambrose always talked about death and people being murdered. “The ghost is the outward and visible signs of an inward fear”. Most of his stories are about ghosts, fears and how he knows all about them. “Death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate.” Ambrose is always talking about weird things in his stories and most of it is too much information any human