Written under the pseudonym Dod Grile, "The Fiend's Delight" is a
collection of essays, stories, poems and reflection, all of which
had been previously printed in various California journals and is
Bierce's earliest published work in book form. It includes the
sections Some Fiction; Current Journaling; Musings, Philosophical
and Theological; and Poesy. From the opening of "One More
Unfortunate," first story in the fiction section: "It was midnight
-- a black, wet, midnight-in a great city by the sea. The church
clocks were booming the hour, in tones half-smothered by the
marching rain, when an officer of the watch saw a female figure
glide past him like a ghost in the gloom, and make directly toward
a wharf. The officer felt that some dreadful tragedy was about to
be enacted, and started in pursuit . . ."
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