The Damned Thing

Ambrose Bierce David W. Whitehead

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The Damned Thing

The Damned Thing This engrossing tale presents as its central theme the ultimately unknowable and untameable essence of nature and the natural world Told from several different perspectives the story focuses on a fre

  • Title: The Damned Thing
  • Author: Ambrose Bierce David W. Whitehead
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 482
  • Format: kindle
  • This engrossing tale presents as its central theme the ultimately unknowable and untameable essence of nature and the natural world Told from several different perspectives, the story focuses on a freak fatal accident that is written off as a wild animal attack But does that description get at the truth of the matter At least one witness is convinced otherwise A stThis engrossing tale presents as its central theme the ultimately unknowable and untameable essence of nature and the natural world Told from several different perspectives, the story focuses on a freak fatal accident that is written off as a wild animal attack But does that description get at the truth of the matter At least one witness is convinced otherwise A story of the paranormal that was once loosely adapted for an episode of the television series Masters of Horror.

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    1. إيمان الحبيشي on said:

      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

    2. Bill on said:

      I read this as a tween and was quite taken with the idea that living creatures could reflect light at wavelengths humans can not perceive without technology. Given that bats, dolphins use sonor, sound which we cannot perceive, why not colors. Though presented as a horror, this short story could easily have been a predecessor to hard science fiction. Perhaps it should be so considered. Reading it again 5 decades later, it seems almost trivial. The galaxy has turned a bit too much for me. Yet, as [...]

    3. S.Baqer Al-Meshqab on said:

      Not sure of the message the story wants to deliver, if there was any anyway.Probably something like; there are things which we may not be aware of, and we might try ignore, but they still exist, lurking in the darkness. And we try to convince ourselves why we cannot perceive them, and should we actually perceive them at all? Good narration and description, but not very much interesting.

    4. Matt Svendsen on said:

      Maybe I was spacing out, I don't know, but this story seemed to go in one side of my brain and out of he other. no idea what this was supposed to be about. Yawn.

    5. Jim Hardison on said:

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

    6. Steven on said:

      I read a different edition: gutenberg/etext/23172It is enjoyable if you take in to account the time that it was written in. The principle feature of the antagonist (the Damned Thing in the story) doesn't jibe with what we now know of the way light and color work. Neat idea at the time, but science proves it can not happen. (Check out "Additive Color" and "Subtractive Color" on for a quick run-down on how things happen in the real world.)I checked the "spoilers" box so I could elaborate: The men [...]

    7. Benjamin Stahl on said:

      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 reason. The only reason I give it three stars instead of four is that, as with many of his tales, the idea is so cool it deserves deeper exploration. Many of Bierce's stories - well, short stories in gener [...]

    8. Sonia on said:

      I didn't like this quite as much as the "Owl Bridge" short, but it was okay. I liked the beginning and middle a lot more than the end. The end was vaguely disappointing. I wish I had been more excited by The Damned Thing particularly after having the sucker punch effect at the ending of "Owl Bridge".

    9. Husain BuSafwan on said:

      This horror / mystery short story is not that bad, it is narrated perfectly with spectacular description; but, I feel something is missed, I do not know what.Maybe because I am reading it after more than one hundred year when it was published for the first time, and all these years stand as a wall between me and enjoying it.

    10. M. Azhaari Shah Sulaiman on said:

      Buku kedua Ambrose Bierce selepas An Occurrence at The Owl Bridge. Cerpen ini walaupun tidak lah semenarik seperti Owl Bridge, namun masih punya kekuatannya sendiri dengan gaya horror yang disadur dengan kisah didalam kisah.

    11. Ken on said:

      A very, very short-story. Two hunters are attacked by an unseen force and one ends up dead. The short-story covers the inquest into the death.There really wasn't much to this story. But, I am sure at the time it was written, in 1893 the line of thinking was very advanced.3 STARS

    12. ❤Marie Gentilcore on said:

      It was very short. It was well written, but I thought the story was just "okay." I had hoped for it to be scary but it really wasn't.

    13. Raymond on said:

      This was a good little short story. The idea behind it was interesting and it was almost, in my opinion, like reading about Predator. Two men hunting and being attacked by a creature they can’t see. Quick read.

    14. Angie on said:

      Rating: 2.5/5Interesting concept but it didn't keep my attention.

    15. TOM on said:

      A strange shapeless mass lurks around near a man's house and eventually kills him. OK.

    16. Adriana on said:

      Leído para el Reto "Leer 5 libros en Inglés" de LosMilLibros 3/52.5/5: Estuvo interesante pensé que sería aterrador pero no. The title was catchy and the description was quite interesting.

    17. Allyson (Belle) on said:

      “The Damned Thing” is interesting because we learn about the invisible creature through a story within a story. We don’t ever actually witness the murder, we are just told about it from William Harker, someone who willingly admits to writing fictional stories. His story could be unreliable; it would be easy to embellish what the creature did and how it acted. If you broke the two stories apart, Harker’s would be the ghost story, and the rest wouldn’t have much of a supernatural feel at [...]

    18. Pam on said:

      This is a surprisingly good short story, though it does have a few holes in it if you look too closely (I'm not describing them here to avoid spoilers, esp. since it's such a short piece). I thought Bierce's ideas about why the Damned Thing can't be seen were interesting, though the piece itself was too short to really be effective in one of his goals -- that of having the reader side with the juror's and disbelieve Harker's testimony. In a longer piece, the effect would probably have been more [...]

    19. Rick West on said:

      Ambrose Bierce, enough said! I have not read a ghost or supernatural story by Mr. Bierce that was not great! The story begins in Hugh Morgan's cabin, where local men are gathered around the corpse of Hugh Morgan to hold an inquest as to his death. William Harker, a witness to the death, is sworn in by the coroner. William reads his statement about a hunting and fishing trip he took with Morgan. He and Morgan encountered some odd disturbances that Morgan referred to as "that damned thing". During [...]

    20. Tiffany Lynn Kramer on said:

      Like the titular beast The Damned Thing is hard to put ones finger on. I originally became interested in this tale after seeing the episode of Masters of Horror that calmed to take inspiration from Bierce's work. Upon having now read it the only similarities I find are the titles and the beast being some yet unknown thing. Aside from the death that kicks this story off there is little to classify this as horror with the whole of it fitting more in line with science-fiction. Over all it isn't a b [...]

    21. Lesa Loves Books on said:

      Cool story! I've wanted to read it since learning that it was a direct inspiration for Lovecraft's 'The Colour Out of Space'. And indeed it is! I also see similarities to the Predator movies and the early episodes of 'Lost'. This is my second Ambrose Bierce story and so far I'm a fan. Now I must track down Fitz O'Brien's story, 'What Was It?'. Apparently, it may have influenced Bierce's story! O'Brien: What Was It?Bierce: The Damned Thing!Lovecraft: The Colour Out of Space?Ha! Funny, but I digre [...]

    22. Denise on said:

      With the body of the late Henry Morgan lying on the table, the jury hears the witness tell the take of what he saw. He has just dispatched the same account to the paper he works for labeled as fiction, but tells the jury this is the truth. Whether they believer him or not, they've got to come up with another explanation for folksPlease read the full review here.

    23. AnnMarie on said:

      I really enjoyed this! I'm surprised at the three star reviews here. It is 100yr old horror story, that may have something to do with the three star reviews all I know is how I felt when I read this short story! It definitely set the right mood, the story was very compelling to me! I couldn't wait to find out what happened to the dead man. The ending was great too, the coroner reading the dead man's diary! Excellent read!

    24. Clario on said:

      I really enjoyed this - the way the mystery gradually unpacks itself, the ebb and flow of the writing, the imagery, the contrast of the authority of the country man coroner and the city journalist. I thought the ending was a bit weak though, less for the explanation itself than for the heavy handed exposition. Also, it's really short so you can read it in no time!

    25. Mollie Trail on said:

      This could, and hell, it might have been either a X-Files or Supernatural episode. It most likely inspired one or two of them. It was good and yet, the ending was a little unsatisfying. The mystery and spookiness of it though entitles it, in my opinion, none the less, to 5 Stars.

    26. Kaitlyn on said:

      This is the first work by this author that Ive read. I really enjoy short stories that have supernatural flare to them and this is included. I enjoyed reading about the account in the forest and it's definitely something that I would read again.

    27. Michelle (In Libris Veritas) on said:

      A little late night reading done the October way. This was a creepy little tale that really delivered in the first half, the second half is pretty interesting but gets a little heavy handed at the end. Still an enjoyable short story for the Halloween season though!

    28. Rebecca Ann on said:

      I can appreciate that in its time period, this concept must have been very novel. The story itself is not especially compelling due to lack of any characterization and what feels more like a sketch of an idea, than a fully realized story.

    29. Viji(Bookish endeavors) on said:

      The story was good,the build-up of mystery was excellent. But the ending was not that good. Reminded me of a tale of Poe about a similar creature. Anyway,the story is better than most of the same genre considering the quantity.

    30. K. Anna Hardy on said:

      I arranged my thoughts on this short story into a haiku:"It's a flawed theory,(Colors do not work that way)Laughed off too freely."

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