The Ambrose Bierce Appreciation Society

CYNIC n. A blackguard whose faulty vision causes him to see things as they are, not as they ought to be

Open Since 1994

This page is dedicated to one of the most under appreciated authors and journalists of all time: Ambrose Gwinett Bierce. "Bitter Bierce" was quite famous in his day, but now only a core following of academics and curmudgeons know about him. And that is a shame. He is most often found in "Quotable Quotes" lists or signature files, but that is as deep as most people's knowledge goes. Part of the purpose of this page is to rectify this situation and place him back in the spotlight where he belongs, getting new readers interested in the biggest misanthrope of all times. The other is to provide a clearinghouse of information on the man and his work, for both old and new fans.

Ambrose Bierce News

Books / Movies & Plays / Miscellaneous / Site News

Books

  • Upcoming Book: Berkove, Joshi & Schultz have produced The Short Fiction of Ambrose Bierce: A Comprehensive Edition with the University of Tennesse Press. It will be out in September, 2006.
  • (Preorder it.)
  • Audiobook Release: Freshwater Seas Audiobooks has come out with their first release, A Bite of Bierce, a selection of Bierce's works. See more at their Website.
  • Book Release: Oakley Hall spits out another ill-characterized Bierce mystery with Ambrose Bierce and the Ace of Shoots. (Buy it.)
  • Book Release: Donald T. Blume has released Ambrose Bierce's Civilians and Soldiers in Context: A Critical Study from Kent State University Press. (Buy it).
  • Book Release: Oakley Hall spits out another ill-characterized Bierce mystery with Ambrose Bierce and the Trey of Pearls. (Buy it.)
  • Book Release: Periodyssey Press released The San Francisco Wasp: An Illustrated History by Richard Samuel West. Bierce, of course, was editor of this famous satirical magazine. Read more here.
  • Book Release: Joshi and Schultz have compiled A Much Understood Man: Selected Letters of Ambrose Bierce with the Ohio State University Press. (Buy it.)
  • Book Release: Graphics Classics has released Graphics Classics: Ambrose Bierce, a 144-page book of comics adaptations of selected Bierce works. (Buy it.)
  • Book Release: Robert Evans has edited Ambrose Bierce's "An occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" : an annotated critical edition for Locust Hill Press.
  • Book Release: Lawrence I. Berkove (author of Scepticism and Dissent) has released a new Bierce book. A Prescription for Adversity: The Moral Art of Ambrose Bierce is out now. (Buy it.)
  • Upcoming Book: Joshi has a book of poetry entitled The Last Oblivion: The Weird Poetry of Ambrose Bierce, George Sterling, and Clark Ashton Smith. It was to be published by Anamnesis Press, but with the publishing house's closure, it no longer has a home.
  • Upcoming Book: Joshi & Schultz are currently revising Scourge of Fools: An Ambrose Bierce Chrestomathy and shopping it to several publishers.

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Movies & Plays

  • Bierce Films: Allumination FilmWorks is releasing Ambrose Bierce: Civil War Stories (IMDB on November 7. (Pre-order it.) The Don Maxwell film is framed around a meeting of Bierce (Campbell Scott) and Gertrude Atherton and Hearst concerning his Collected Works. Three of his short stories are presented: "Story of a Conscience," "One Kind of Officer," and the Owl Creek Productions' adaptation of "An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge."
  • Bierce on TV: US cable network Showtime has a horror anthology series named Masters of Horror. For the second season, premiering in October, 2006, there will be an adaptation of Bierce's story The Damned Thing in an episode of the same name by director Tobe Hooper. Some preview still of the episode are available here, and the official show Website will likely have more information as the premiere approaches. There will be a companion book to the series that includes the original Bierce story.
  • DVD Release: Monterey Home Video has released a DVD version of Robert Enrico's adaptation of An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge. Caveat emptor. According to several reviews, this version is a poor transfer of the Twilight Zone cut of the film without the intro and conclusion by Rob Sterling, and does not include the theatrical version of the short. (Buy it.)
  • Bierce Play: Mac Wellman's Bitter Bierce had its West Coast premiere in July, 2005. The play ran July l6-l8, 24-25, and 29-30, in addition to August 7-8, and 12-13 at the Zephyr Theater in Hollywood, CA. The production was directed by Jim Martin and starred John Billingsley, best known for his work on Star Trek: Enterprise.
  • Movie News: Owl Creek Productions recently won a CINE Golden Eagle for their film version of "An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge." It will be screened at the Palm Beach International Film Festival in Boca Raton, Florida on April 21 and 22; Monroe, Michigan on May 8; and in Grand Rapids, Michigan sometime this summer. Find out more on their Web site.
  • Movie News: Kansas City filmmaker Don Maxwell has writen, directed and produced a 22-minute short on Bierce's The Story of a Conscience. It premiered at the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee.
  • Upcoming Film: Mike Barton will begin filming his version of Eye of the Panther in May. Any other Bierce filmakers interested in a Bierce-themed anthology, please contact him.
  • Bierce Play Awards: Ed Scutt's new play about Ambrose Bierce, Almighty God Bierce, was invited to the 2003 Theatre Association of New York State's (TANYS) Festival, where Mr. Schutt won both the Excellence in Writing and Excellence in Acting Awards. For those who missed it, you can read the entirety of the script at Don's site. There will be a performance of the show in Kingston, NY in April of 2004, and the show is available for bookings.
  • Upcoming Musical: Two years in the works, Ben Cohn and Sean McDaniel's new Broadway musical Owl Creek (inspired, but in no way based, on An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge) is up to public readings with staging, sets, and costumes. The musical will be directed by Jamibeth Margolis. Read a Playbill article on the current state of production, and a theater Web site's page on its production status.
  • Bierce Plays: Mac Wellman's Bitter Bierce, or the Friction We Call Grief premiered Februrary 19-25 at PS122 in New York City. You can read my preview review from a Location One preview performance here, or see final version reviews from the Village Voice and New York Times. Rob Foster's The Last Stand of Ambrose Bierce is available here, Don Swaim's one act Ambrose and Gertrude is available here, and Dave Geible's Nothing Matters will be touring this summer.
  • Upcoming Films: Tom Moore is filming a version of "One Summer Night" and Michael Nichols is filming "The Damned Thing."

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Miscellaneous

  • Prattle - The Cynic's Companion: Doug Pascover has started a new version of Prattle. Though it is all new content, it is based on Bierce's work and includes modern updates and additions to his work,
  • Bierce Gravesotne: Retired priest James Lienert has erected a gravestone for Bierce in Sierra Mojada, Mexico. You can read the whole account at Don's site.
  • New Bierce Fiction: It's not quite what you think. Bierce's distant relative Paul Bierce has written some fiction in the style of his ancestor: "A Ghost Story."
  • Marker Ceremony Report: The marker ceremony to commemorate Bierce's birthplace in Ohio occured on November 6th, 2003. Read a report on the ceremony on Don's site.
  • Hable Español? If you are Spanish-speaking and are doing work on Bierce, Sonia Santos Vila (Professor at the Universidad Europea Miguel de Cervantes) is doing Spanish language work on him. Please feel free to contact her at ssantos@uemc.edu.
  • Transcription Project: S.T. Joshi and David E. Schultz are seeking volunteers for their Bierce transcription effort. They are looking to get Bierce's entire body of works transcribed with the goal of producing his Complete Works. They have more than five million words already completed and are seeking people to help. If you'd like to volunteer, please e-mail them. They would like to thank the following, who have aided their effort to date: Scott Briggs, Tim Lonegan, Jason Quinn, Richard Hendricks, and Marc Michaud.

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Site News

  • Site Updates: I've made small additions to the News, Film, and Bibliography (as always).
  • Site News: As you may have noticed, I have done a complete graphical upgrade to the site. There is updated and improved material throughout, but no major additions.
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