Ambrose Bierce
Can Such Things Be?
This collection of supernatural fiction had a great influence on authors such as Robert W. Chambers and H. P. Lovecraft.
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What do an horrific dream and the name 'Catharine Larue' have to do with a man found dead in the hills around the Nappa Valley?
- Length: 15 pages
- Age Rating: PG
4 Stars
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A hunter stumbles upon a run-down little house and decides to spend the night - but finds himself plagued by disquieting thoughts and dreams.
- Length: 8 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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The fact that Henry Armstrong was buried did not seem to him to prove that he was dead ...
- Length: 2 pages
- Age Rating: PG
4 Stars
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A man's mother is brutally murdered but, except for the finger marks around her neck, no trace of the killer can be found.
- Length: 9 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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A man explains to his doctor how he came to believe in ghosts.
- Length: 4 pages
- Age Rating: PG
4 Stars
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A brilliant scientist who believes that machines can think creates something dangerous in his workshop.
- Length: 9 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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At night, in the autumn of 1861, a brave but sensitive Federal officer sits alone in the heart of a forest in western Virginia.
- Length: 8 pages
- Age Rating: PG
4 Stars
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One half of a pair of absolutely identical twins tells of the strange, supernatural bond between him and his brother.
- Length: 7 pages
- Age Rating: PG
4 Stars
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A man uncovers the dark secret of a mysterious valley owned by a xenophobic drunkard.
- Length: 11 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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A compilation of the facts and testimonies of witnesses following the return of a dedicated shop keeper from the dead.
- Length: 6 pages
- Age Rating: PG
4 Stars
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Every night Staley Fleming wakes and sees in his room, intently watching him, a big black Newfoundland dog.
- Length: 3 pages
- Age Rating: PG
4 Stars
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Late one night, a mysterious man witnesses the strangely silent movement of a large army.
- Length: 6 pages
- Age Rating: PG
4 Stars
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In the town of Blackburg - home of raining frogs, crimson snow and Hettie Parlow's ghost - a young tramp stands on a street corner in the rain.
- Length: 4 pages
- Age Rating: PG
3 Stars
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Holed up in an isolated mountain shanty, the emaciated Mr. Hiram Beeson receives a visit from a dark stranger.
- Length: 8 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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A visit on an old school friend finds a man plagued both by bad health and a gentle tapping from beyond his wall.....
- Length: 9 pages
- Age Rating: PG
4 Stars
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A man sets sail from Liverpool to New York on 'The Morrow' where he becomes attracted to a strange young woman.
- Length: 5 pages
- Age Rating: PG
4 Stars
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One night, four men arrive at a notorious, reportedly haunted, house and prepare for a duel to the death.
- Length: 8 pages
- Age Rating: PG
4 Stars
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John Mortonson was dead. His body rested in a fine mahogany coffin fitted with a plate of glass ...
- Length: 2 pages
- Age Rating: PG
4 Stars
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At night, while travelling down a dark ravine road, a man bumps into the unsettling Dr Dorrimore.
- Length: 7 pages
- Age Rating: PG
4 Stars
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When asked for the time at a party, a man becomes aggressive and is strangely reluctant to look at his watch.
- Length: 6 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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A man is called to give evidence at the coroner's inquiry into the violent death of a hunter.
- Length: 9 pages
- Age Rating: PG
4 Stars
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A shepherd who lives a simple but happy life under the watchful eye of the god Hastur begins to question the meaning of his existence.
- Length: 6 pages
- Age Rating: PG
4 Stars
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A man wakes from thought and realises he is wandering on an unfamiliar and desolate expanse of plain.
- Length: 4 pages
- Age Rating: PG
4 Stars
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In the middle of an Arizona desert night, a group of explorers are approached by a mysterious stranger with a tale to tell.
- Length: 6 pages
- Age Rating: PG
4 Stars
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