The man you are looking at is Ambrose Bierce. Known by many of his colleagues as “Bitter Bierce” for his misanthropic worldview, he was an American writer who lived from 1842-? Most famous for his short stories and work for newspapers, his innovations in storytelling style continue to help writers keep their thrillers thrilling and their horror stories horrifying. And here are a few more bits I’d like to share:
1) His style was run through with a bleak, unforgiving, even misanthropic tone that was directly influenced by his experiences fighting in the Civil War.
2) His death is a mystery as he disappeared in Mexico and was never heard from again.
3) Kurt Vonnegut said this of Bierce’s work:”And I consider anybody a twerp who hasn’t read the greatest American short story, which is “Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” by Ambrose Bierce. …It is a flawless example of American genius…”
4) A good number of his stories, including the horrifying satire “Chickamauga” and “Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge” are available to be read online. Plus, Robert Enrico’s excellent 1962 film adaptation of “Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge”, which aired on The Twilight Zone and won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 1963 can be watched on youtube. You can also just watch it below: