A college student is called home to learn his mother has been strangled, but whodunit? The Moonlit Road, by Ambrose Bierce, is what we’re listening to tonight on The Black Mass at 7pm. Tune your media streamer to http://main.radioriel.org or gather ’round the hearth at the Bucket of Blood Public House to listen with your fellow fans of the macabre.
This story first appeared in Cosmopolitian (yes, Cosmo) in 1907. Bierce was a Union soldier from Ohio, the imagery of the carnage of war was a major influence in his writing. After the war he established himself in San Francisco as a writer for Randolf Hearst’s newspaper, the Examiner. He was said to be a restless man. The story goes that around the turn of the century he went to Mexico to see the revolution, and was never heard from again.