Since the texts are presented in a form of a police investigation or a court trail, the reader assumes that the truth must be hidden somewhere inside or between the testimonies of the witnesses. In most investigations or trails the reader receives a definite solution to the crime, but Bierce and Akutagawa offer no such solution. As the testimonies and the witnesses are so unreliable, no definite story can be reconstructed from the narratives. The reader must sift through the testimonies again and again in order to make his or her own conclusion — just as in real life.
Both of them are presented as unreliable narrators: Casper Grattan is a man who cannot remember his past, who walked one day out of a forest and is haunted by violent dreams — in another context he could be taken for a mentally ill person, who is by no means reliable.
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Moreover, the medium Bayrolles through whom she is speaking is not necessarily the most reliable person either. He told a few stories about his songwriting and one in particular was really a "ghost story" which made me listen in a new way. This isn't the show I saw, but if you listen and stick around just past the mark you'll hear basically the same story I heard.
When I'm asked if I believe in ghosts, this is sort of the same answer I give. Prayers for The Killer. Am I the only one? New Story: Ever read a Jewish-Gullah folktale? You will now. A Southern golem no less. Bigfoot road crossing reported S of Blairsville Union Co. A very nice retired couple called yesterday to report they clearly observed a brown Sasquatch lumber across Hwy almost to on their way home from Gainesville at am.
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They got a very clear look at it as it stepped across Hwy, glanced back at them, before stepping down the embankment. First recorded sounds on Mars. Sounds like a ghost story.
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Built in 's but due to uniqueness I wanted to share! Thanks to Steve for sending this one in! I meant to post this during Halloween, but listen below to another version of our story Chief Sawnee's Gold. Always fun to hear other interpretations of it! In the last few years, I've r Craig granted me permission to share this story with you.
I really enjoy this one because I travel to the mountains of North Georgia almost yearly to have a few days to get away from things and spend time with a few high school friends. This story is set in the very mountains that I enjoy visiting so join me by the campfire and hear the tale of Chief Sawnee and his cursed gold. You might want to keep the fire going and have Barney or Gomer near by to keep you safe. Went to the Sweetheart of the Rodeo show with one of our tellers Lanny Gilbert. Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce June 24,  — circa  was an American short story writer, journalist, poet, and Civil War veteran.
A prolific and versatile writer, Bierce was regarded as one of the most influential journalists in the United States,   and as a pioneering writer of realist fiction. He was never seen again. His parents were a poor but literary couple who instilled in him a deep love for books and writing. He left home at 15 to become a printer's devil at a small abolitionist Ohio newspaper, the Northern Indiana.
He participated in the operations in Western Virginia , was present at the Battle of Philippi the first organized land action of the war , and received newspaper attention for his daring rescue, under fire, of a gravely wounded comrade at the Battle of Rich Mountain. Bierce fought at the Battle of Shiloh April , a terrifying experience that became a source for several short stories and the memoir "What I Saw of Shiloh".
In April he was commissioned a first lieutenant , and served on the staff of General William Babcock Hazen as a topographical engineer , making maps of likely battlefields. Thomas and Oliver O. Howard , both of whom supported his application for admission to West Point in May General Hazen believed Bierce would graduate from the military academy "with distinction" and William T. Sherman also endorsed the application for admission even though stating he had no personal acquaintance with Bierce.
He was discharged from the army in January His military career resumed, however, in mid, when he joined General Hazen as part of an expedition to inspect military outposts across the Great Plains. The expedition traveled by horseback and wagon from Omaha , Nebraska , arriving toward year's end in San Francisco , California. They had three children: sons Day —  and Leigh —  and daughter Helen — Both of Bierce's sons died before he did. Day committed suicide after a romantic rejection,   and Leigh died of pneumonia related to alcoholism.
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They divorced in Bierce was an avowed agnostic. In San Francisco , Bierce was awarded the rank of brevet major before resigning from the Army. Bierce lived and wrote in England from to , contributing to Fun magazine. Returning to the United States, he again took up residence in San Francisco. From to , he traveled to Rockerville and Deadwood in the Dakota Territory , to try his hand as local manager for a New York mining company.
When the company failed he returned to San Francisco and resumed his career in journalism. From January 1, , until September 11, , he was editor of The Wasp magazine, in which he began a column titled "Prattle".
He also became one of the first regular columnists and editorialists on William Randolph Hearst 's newspaper, The San Francisco Examiner ,  eventually becoming one of the most prominent and influential writers and journalists [ citation needed ] of the West Coast. He remained associated with Hearst Newspapers until The Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroad companies had received large, low-interest loans from the U. Central Pacific executive Collis P. The essence of the plot was secrecy; the railroads' advocates hoped to get the bill through Congress without any public notice or hearings.
When the angered Huntington confronted Bierce on the steps of the Capitol and told Bierce to name his price, Bierce's answer ended up in newspapers nationwide: "My price is one hundred thirty million dollars. If, when you are ready to pay, I happen to be out of town, you may hand it over to my friend, the Treasurer of the United States. Bierce's coverage and diatribes on the subject aroused such public wrath that the bill was defeated.
Bierce returned to California in November. Because of his penchant for biting social criticism and satire, Bierce's long newspaper career was often steeped in controversy.
hilfputhahi.gq On several occasions his columns stirred up a storm of hostile reaction, which created difficulties for Hearst. Bierce meant his poem to express a national mood of dismay and fear, but after McKinley was shot in , it seemed to foreshadow the crime:. The bullet that pierced Goebel's breast Can not be found in all the West; Good reason, it is speeding here To stretch McKinley on his bier. Hearst was thereby accused by rival newspapers—and by then- Secretary of War Elihu Root —of having called for McKinley's assassination.
Despite a national uproar that ended his ambitions for the presidency and even his membership in the Bohemian Club , Hearst kept employing Bierce. During his lifetime, Bierce was better known as a journalist than as a fiction writer. His most popular stories were written in rapid succession between and , in what was characterized as "a tremendous burst of consummate art". Bierce wrote realistically of the terrible things he had seen in the war  in such stories as " An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge ", " A Horseman in the Sky ", " One of the Missing ", and " Chickamauga ".
His grimly realistic cycle of 25 war stories has been called "the greatest anti-war document in American literature". According to Milton Subotsky , Bierce helped pioneer the psychological horror story. His Fantastic Fables anticipated the ironic style of grotesquerie that became a more common genre in the 20th century. One of Bierce's most famous works is his much-quoted The Devil's Dictionary , originally an occasional newspaper item, first published in book form in as The Cynic's Word Book. Described as "howlingly funny",  it consists of satirical definitions of English words which lampoon cant and political double-talk.
Bierce edited the twelve volumes of The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce , which were published from to The seventh volume consists solely of The Devil's Dictionary. Bierce has been criticized by his contemporaries and later scholars for deliberately pursuing improbability and for his penchant toward " trick endings ". Bierce's bias towards Naturalism has also been noted:  "The biting, deriding quality of his satire, unbalanced by any compassion for his targets, was often taken as petty meanness, showing contempt for humanity and an intolerance to the point of merciless cruelty".
Stephen Crane was of the minority of Bierce's contemporaries who valued Bierce's experimental short stories. Lovecraft characterized Bierce's fictional work as "grim and savage. Critic William Dean Howells said, "Mr.
Bierce is among our three greatest writers. Howells is the other two. In October , Bierce, then age 71, departed from Washington, D. By December he had passed through Louisiana and Texas , crossing by way of El Paso into Mexico, which was in the throes of revolution. Bierce is known to have accompanied Villa's army as far as the city of Chihuahua. His last known communication with the world was a letter he wrote there to Blanche Partington , a close friend, dated December 26, There was an official investigation by U.
Some of Villa's men were questioned at the time of his disappearance and afterwards, with contradictory accounts.
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