During his career as a journalist, poet, and author of fiction and nonfiction, Ambrose Bierce published more than four million words. The titles assembled here include his most popular and influential works.

When possible, titles below are linked to the full text and
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about that work.


Civil War Stories

One of the Missing
A Baffled Ambuscade
The Affair at Coulter's Notch
A Son of the Gods
One Kind of Officer
A Tough Tussle
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
The Coup de Grâce
One Officer, One Man
The Story of a Conscience
Parker Adderson, Philosopher
An Affair of Outposts
Jupiter Doke, Brigadier-General
A Horseman in the Sky
The Mocking-Bird
George Thurston
Killed at Resaca
Three and One Are One
Two Military Executions
The Major's Tale
A Resumed Identity
A Man with Two Lives
The Other Lodgers

Other War Writings

A Bivouac of the Dead
On a Mountain
What I Saw of Shiloh
A Little of Chickamauga
The Crime at Pickett's Mill
Four Days in Dixie
What Occurred at Franklin
The Battle of Nashville
On Black Soldiering
'Way Down in Alabam'


Horror Stories

Haïta the Shepherd
The Secret of Macarger's Gulch
The Eyes of the Panther
The Stranger
An Inhabitant of Carcosa
The Applicant
The Death of Halpin Frayser
A Watcher by the Dead
The Man and the Snake
John Mortonson's Funeral
Moxon's Master
The Damned Thing
The Realm of the Unreal
A Fruitless Assignment
A Vine on a House
The Haunted Valley
One of Twins
Present at a Hanging
A Wireless Message
The Moonlit Road
An Arrest
A Jug of Sirup
The Isle of Pines
At Old Man Eckert's
The Spook House
The Middle Toe of the Right Foot
The Thing at Nolan
The Difficulty of Crossing a Field
An Unfinished Race
Charles Ashmore's Trail
Staley Fleming's Hallucination
The Night-Doings at "Deadman's"
A Baby Tramp
A Psychological Shipwreck
A Cold Greeting
Beyond the Wall
John Bartine's Watch
The Man Out of the Nose
An Adventure at Brownville
The Suitable Surroundings
The Boarded Window
A Lady from Redhorse
The Famous Gilson Bequest
A Holy Terror
A Diagnosis of Death

Tall Tales

An Imperfect Conflagration
A Bottomless Grave
The City of the Gone Away
Curried Cow
A Revolt of the Gods
Oil of Dog
The Widower Turmore
The Baptism of Dobsho
The Race at Left Bower
The Failure of Hope & Wandel
A Providential Intimation
Mr. Swiddler's Flip-Flap
The Little Story
My Favorite Murder
The Hypnotist
Mr. Masthead, Journalist
Why I am Not Editing "The Stinger"
Corrupting the Press

"The Bubble Reputation"
A Shipwreckollection
The Captain of the "Camel"
The Man Overboard
A Cargo of Cat
The Collected Works
of Ambrose Bierce

Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3,
Vol. 4, Vol. 5, Vol. 6,
Vol. 7, Vol. 8, Vol. 9,
Vol.10, Vol. 11, Vol. 12

Collections and Books

The Fiend's Delight (1873)

Nuggets and Dust (1873)

Cobwebs from an Empty Skull (1874)

The Dance of Death

Tales of Soldiers and Civilians

In the Midst of Life

The Monk and the Hangman's Daughter

Black Beetles in Amber

Can Such Things Be?

In the Midst of Life -- Tales of Soldiers and Civilians

Fantastic Fables (1899)

Shapes of Clay (1903)

The Cynic's Word Book (1906)

A Son of the Gods and A
Horseman in the Sky

The Shadow on the Dial and
Other Essays

Write it Right: A Handbook of Literary Faults (1909)

The Devil's Dictionary