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The Parenticide Club

Ambrose Bierce

Book Overview: 

Four grotesque short stories about murder within the family, seen through the gently innocent eyes of family members … usually the murderer himself.

For fans of Stephen King, Clive Barker and Dean Koontz.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .unt replied with her peculiar smile that so many gentlemen called on that errand and were afterward carried away without having performed it that I must excuse her for doubting my good faith in the matter. She said I did not look as if I would kill anybody, so, as a proof of good faith I leveled my rifle and wounded a Chinaman who happened to be passing the house. She said she knew whole families that could do a thing of that kind, but Bill Ridley was a horse of another color. She said, however, that I would find him over on the other side of the creek in the sheep lot; and she added that she hoped the best man would win.

"My Aunt Mary was one of the most fair-minded women that I have ever met.

"I found my uncle down on his knees engaged in skinning a sheep. Seeing that he had neither gun nor pistol handy I had not the heart to shoot him, so I approached him, greeted him pleasantly and struck him a powerful blow on the head with the butt of m. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A quick, amusing read that appealed to my sense of humour.

Good grief! WTH! But it has its moments.

The least I can say about this work is that it is elegant! This collection reflects the wonderful creativity of an author who wrote mostly during the 1800s and up to the early decades of the 20th century; that is to say a long time prior to the emergence of neuroscience, neurocognitive theories, and

Η εποχή μας είναι μια εποχή του απροσδόκητου, του έκτακτου - του παράξενου και του αδρανώς εκφυλισμένου. Ποιος είναι ο καλύτερος χρόνος για να αναστηθούν οι ιστορίες του Ambrose Bierce;

Άγριος και αδιάφορος στην φρικιαστικά κωμική προσέγγιση της ζωής και του θανάτου μέσω εγκληματικών ενεργειών φανερώ

Είναι ένα υπέροχο μικρό βιβλίο! Ο κυνισμός και η ειρωνεία του μου άρεσαν. Σίγουρα θα αναζητήσω και άλλα βιβλία του συγγραφέα.

..Έχοντας ως βασικά και στέρεα υλικά της αλλόκοτης γραφής του, το μαύρο χιούμορ κ το γκροτέσκο ο Ambrose Pierce διηγείται μέσα από τους αντιήρωες του, την εξόντωση με την πιο αλλοπρόσαλλη μέθοδο που μπορεί να σκαρφιστεί κανείς, συγγενών, γονέων κ λοιπών παράπλευρων θυμάτων.. Ωστόσο, μέσα από την τρα

I love it. I just...love it. It probably makes me a bad person, but I love the assumption of all of Bierce's characters that they are decent people. "Whether or not [hypnotism] could be employed by a bad man for an unworthy purpose, I am unable to say," says the protagonist after mesmerizing his par

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