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The Damned Thing

Ambrose Bierce

Book Overview: 

"The Damned Thing" is a short story written by Ambrose Bierce. This story focuses on how the human race takes their views of nature for granted, and how there may be things in the natural world that the human eye cannot see or the human ear cannot hear. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .rugged faces—obvious even in the dim light of the single candle. They were evidently men of the vicinity—farmers and woodmen.

The person reading was a trifle different; one would have said of him that he was of the world, worldly, albeit there was that in his attire which attested a certain fellowship with the organisms of his environment. His coat would hardly have passed muster in San Francisco: his footgear was not of urban origin, and the hat that lay by him on the floor (he was the only one uncovered) was such that if one had considered it as an article of mere personal adornment he would have missed its meaning. In countenance the man was rather prepossessing, with just a hint of sternness; though that he may have assumed or cultivated, as appropriate to one in authority. For he was a coroner. It was by virtue of his office that he had possession of the book in which he was reading; it had been found among the dead man's effects—in his . . . Read More

Community Reviews

At the beginning of the story we meet a coroner, a jury and the body of a dead man on a table. What was the reason for his death? Harker, the main character, enters the story and gives testimony to the jury on the last couple of hours he spent with the recluse hunting quails. Morgan spoke about a 'd

A very early glimpse of what would later be known as cosmic horror. This story plays off of Lovecraft’s wonderfully scary concept of fear of the unknown.

What if there are horrific monstrosities that could annihilate us at any moment wandering in plain sight yet we can’t even see them because of the

Early Cosmic Horror

A spooky short from an early master. A quick read with a nice balance of the pragmatic and fantastical. Worth a look.

it was easy to me to imagine the story, the description was good, some times I feel exited, I wonder what happened with the dead man and how he lost his life but I think I feel disappointed in the end maybe I couldn't guess the events because from the beginning I thought its was a murder

This is a cool horror story because it never reveals the monster. It's presence is sensed more than seen; the only physical manifestation being the sight of the wheat pressing down in its wake, as it creeps towards the hunters. This is another one of Bierce's better known stories, and for good reaso

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