“The Damned Thing” By Ambrose Bierce (Narrated By Jeffrey LeBlanc)

As with sounds, so with colours. At each end of the solar spectrum the chemist can detect the presence of what are known as ‘actinic’ rays. They represent colours — integral colours in the composition of light — which we are unable to discern. The human eye is an imperfect instrument; its range is but a few octaves of the real ‘chromatic scale.’ I am not mad; there are colours that we cannot see.”

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Children of horror, follow me as we cross the ghoul guarded gateways, the labyrinth of the lost, and the decrepit crypt into that cherished abyss that is moonlight, swamp, and darkest night. Forever are we outsiders to this world and the coil that is man. And, for that relish in the strange, the grotesque, and the unnerving as we push ever farther, without a torch, flashlight, or candle into shadowed waterways, fog-fetid bayous, and amongst moss-covered oaks. These truly are our home.

Our name is LEGION horror fans for we are many. My LEGION, walk the cobwebbed, cyclopean stairs with me. Climb the bat filled bell tower on the expanse of endless night wind. And fly through mists into ancient cypress as we learn the mysteries of creatures in the dark.

I promise, as we splash and lumber through the darkness, to protect you from the

ghastly ghouls within.

Well…maybe

Civil War ghosts stalk silently through moonlit forest. A horrific creature attacks a man’s dead wife in the dark. And a soldier literally has his life pass before his eyes as he is hanged. These are just a few of the horrific stories by Ambrose Bierce.

Ambrose Bierce was an American short story writer, journalist, poet, and Civil War veteran. He is the author of the comedic “The Devil’s Dictionary” which was named as one of “The 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature” by the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration. Bierce’s most horrific and anthologized work, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”, has been described as “one of the most famous and frequently anthologized stories in American literature”.

His best collection by far though is Bierce’s “Tales of Soldiers and Civilians” was cited by the Grolier Club as one of the 100 most influential American books printed before 1900.

Bierce was regarded as one of the most influential journalists in the United States. He was a pioneer in realist fiction influencing such authors as Richard Matheson, Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Lovecraft. And, just as Poe, Ambrose Bierce was considered an influential and feared literary critic

Ambrose Bierce’s greatest story was his own. In December 1913, Bierce traveled to Chihuahua, Mexico, to gain first-hand experience of the Mexican Revolution. While traveling with rebel troops he disappeared. He was never seen again.

“The Damned Thing” is a horror short story written by Ambrose Bierce. It first appeared in “Tales from New York Town Topics” on December 7, 1893.

The story focuses on Hugh Martin and the strange events surrounding his…murder.

Will anyone see their way to the culprit of Hugh Martin’s inevitable demise? Or will the accursed thing blind side them as well?

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