9 May 2009

"One Summer Night" Horror Flash Reveiw

Read it now : "One Summer Night"
By Ambrose Bierce
In East of the Web
Genre: Horror
Word Count: 600 approx. (Flash fiction)

Ambrose Bierce is a 19th century writer who lived from 1842 to 1914. Possibly. He disappeared in 1913 while in Mexico. Perhaps he was shot. He seems to have expected to be shot. "To be a Gringo in Mexico" he wrote shortly before his disappearance "—ah, that is euthanasia!"

What makes the case even weirder is that although he was a famous and witty writer whose demise is a mystery, neither Dr Who nor the Star Trek franchise have ever found him. Yet.

"One Summer Night" is a zombie story, of sorts. Poor Henry Armstrong was lying contentedly in his grave when he was dug up by a couple of medical students.

Personally, although some of Bierce's lines are funny, in the end I felt a bit sad for poor old Henry.

Read it here.

Morva Shepley

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