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Title: A Watcher by the Dead Title Record # 94233
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Date: 1889-12-29
Type: SHORTFICTION
Length: short story
Language: English
Note: First published in the San Francisco Examiner, December 29, 1889.
Synopsis: Three physicians test their theories about fear by getting a man to sit all night beside a corpse.
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Other Titles

Translations
Year Language Title
1947 French Le veilleur de la mort [as by Ambrosius Bierce]
1961Translated by Maria von Schweinitz
German Die Totenwache
1963Translated by Gisela Günther
German Eine Totenwache
1967Translated by A. L. Spoorenberg
Dutch De Dodenwacht
1973Translated by Mihai Rădulescu and Grigore Năstase
Romanian
De veghe lângă mort?De veghe langa mort
1974Translated by Frida Papadache
Romanian
Un priveghi de pomină?Un priveghi de pomina
1981Translated by Giuseppe Lippi
Italian La guardia al morto
1987 French Le mort et son veilleur
1988Translated by Gianni Pilo
Italian Una sentinella dal morto

Publications

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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog ID Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
Tales of Soldiers and Civilians 1891-00-00 Ambrose Bierce E. L. G. Steele     300
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians 1892-00-00 Ambrose Bierce Chatto & Windus     vi+
244
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians 1898-00-00 Ambrose Bierce G. P. Putnam's Sons     vi+
362
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians 1909-00-00 Ambrose Bierce The Neale Publishing Company (The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce #2)     403
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Checkmark
In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians 1910-00-00 Ambrose Bierce Chatto & Windus     244
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians 1918-00-00 Ambrose Bierce Boni & Liveright   $2.00 403
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
In the Midst of Life 1918-00-00 Ambrose Bierce Boni & Liveright     403
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians 1930-00-00 Ambrose Bierce Chatto & Windus (Phoenix Library)   2/6 244
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
The Second Century of Creepy Stories 1937-00-00 ed. Sir Hugh Walpole Hutchinson   3/6 1023
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians 1941-00-00 Ambrose Bierce Chatto & Windus (Pelham Library)     244
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
Tales of Soldiers and Civilians 1943-00-00 Ambrose Bierce Heritage Press   $3.50 xxx+
222
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Paul Landacre  
Seven More Strange Stories 1945-00-00 ed. John L. Hardie Art & Educational Publishers   1/3 80
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth  
Twenty-Two Strange Stories 1945-00-00 ed. John L. Hardie Art & Educational Publishers   8/6 280
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Terror at Night 1947-00-00 ed. Herbert Williams Avon Book Co. 110 $0.25 194
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth George Mayers Checkmark
La gerbe noire 1947-00-00 ed. Jean Ray La Sixaine (Le roman noir)     231
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Lubsis  
Appointment with Fear 1948-00-00 ed. Ronald Flatteau Fenmore Publications   2/- 116
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth  
The Stakes Are High 1954-09-00 Brent Ashabranner Pennant Books P64 $0.25 168
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Harry Borgman Checkmark
Best Horror Stories 1957-00-00 ed. John Keir Cross Faber and Faber   15/- 300
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Spine Chillers: an Anthology of Mystery and Horror 1961-00-00 ed. Elizabeth Lee (anthologist) Elek   25/- 528
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Panik: Gruselgeschichten aus England und Amerika von R. L. Stevenson bis Ernest Hemingway 1961-00-00 ed. Mary Hottinger Diogenes   DM 19.80 449+
[3]
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Paul Flora  
Best Horror Stories 1962-00-00 ed. John Keir Cross Faber and Faber   6/- 300
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth  
The Curse of Dracula and Other Terrifying Tales 1962-00-00 ed. Charles Higham Horwitz PB111 3/9 130
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth  
Mein Lieblingsmord 1963-00-00 Ambrose Bierce Insel   DM 12.80 221
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
Ghost and Horror Stories of Ambrose Bierce 1964-00-00 Ambrose Bierce Dover Publications   $1.00 199
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll  
Summoned from the Tomb: Great Tales of Horror 1966-10-00 ed. Peter Haining Brown, Watson R968 3/6 160
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth  
The Edge of the Chair 1967-00-00 ed. Joan Kahn Harper & Row 0-06-012238-2   xii+
560
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Dat Vervloekte Ding en Andere Griezelverhalen 1967-00-00 Ambrose Bierce Meulenhoff (Meesters der Fantastische Vertelkunst #9) F9 ƒ2.50 159
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Sanne Sannes Checkmark
Die besten klassischen und modernen Gruselgeschichten von Poe bis Hemingway 1968-00-00 ed. Mary Hottinger Diogenes   DM 12.80 452+
[3]
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Paul Flora  
Das Spukhaus 1969-00-00 Ambrose Bierce Insel (Bibliothek des Hauses Usher)   DM 12.80 173
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
Skeleton Keys: Tales from the Edge of the Chair 1969-08-00 ed. Joan Kahn Dell 8028 $0.75 317
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Lombardo Checkmark
The Complete Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce 1970-00-00 Ambrose Bierce Doubleday     496
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
Tales of Soldiers and Civilians 1971-00-00 Ambrose Bierce The Easton Press (Masterpieces of American Literature)     xxx+
222
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Checkmark
Summoned from the Tomb: Great Tales of Horror (expanded) 1973-00-00 ed. Peter Haining Sidgwick & Jackson 0-283-97955-0 £2.25 ix+
213
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Povestiri stranii: pagini antologice din literatura Anglo-Saxonă?Povestiri stranii: pagini antologice din literatura Anglo-Saxona
1973-00-00 ed.
Grigore Năstase?Grigore Nastase
,
Mihai Rădulescu?Mihai Radulescu
Editura Dacia (Scorpionul)     362
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth L. Bardocz  
Un călăreț prin cer și alte povestiri?Un cahlahrets prin cer shi alte povestiri
Un calaret prin cer si alte povestiri
1974-00-00 Ambrose Bierce
Cartea Românească?Cartea Romaneasca
    xxii+
334
unknown?The publication record was created from a secondary source and the publication format is unknown.
coll Simona Runcan  
Die besten klassischen und modernen Gruselgeschichten von Poe bis Hemingway 1976-00-00 ed. Mary Hottinger Diogenes (Diogenes Sonderband) 3-257-00902-X   452+
[3]
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Paul Flora Checkmark
Beyond Midnight 1976-11-00 ed. Kirby McCauley Berkley Medallion 0-425-03144-6 $1.25 x+
210
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Vincent DiFate Checkmark
Dat Vervloekte Ding en Andere Griezelverhalen 1977-00-00 Ambrose Bierce Het Spectrum (Prisma #1788) 90-274-0916-1   159
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll  
Das Spukhaus 1977-00-00 Ambrose Bierce Suhrkamp (Phantastische Bibliothek #6) 3-518-06865-2 DM 5.00 165
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Hans Ulrich Osterwalder , Ute Osterwalder Checkmark
Racconti senza respiro. Volume primo 1981-06-05 ed. Kirby McCauley Arnoldo Mondadori Editore (Oscar #1364) 20181-4 4,000 Lit 236
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Paolo Tassinari , Pierpaolo Vetta  
The Complete Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce 1984-00-00 Ambrose Bierce University of Nebraska Press 0-8032-6071-7   496
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll  
La gerbe noire 1984-01-00 ed. Jean Ray Néo (Fantastique / Science-fiction / Aventures #96) 2-7304-0242-X F29.00 230
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Jean-Michel Nicollet Checkmark
Le mort et son veilleur 1987-10-00 Ambrose Bierce Néo (Fantastique / Science-fiction / Aventures #197) 2-7304-0458-9   147
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Jean-Michel Nicollet  
The Collected Writings of Ambrose Bierce 1988-00-00 Ambrose Bierce Picador / Pan Books (Picador Classics) 0-330-29802-X £6.95 xix+
810
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
omni Robin Harris Checkmark
La valle degli spiriti 1988-06-00 Ambrose Bierce Fanucci Editore (I Miti di Cthulhu #28) 88-347-0065-1 Lit 15,000 267
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Philippe Druillet  
Bierce After Dark: 30 Strange Tales by Ambrose Bierce 2009-00-00 Ambrose Bierce Coachwhip Publications 978-1-61646-002-0 $9.95 167
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll  
A Watcher by the Dead 2012-11-30 Ambrose Bierce Baker Press 978-1-4474-6813-4 $9.95 24
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
chap  
Ghost and Horror Stories of Ambrose Bierce date unknown Ambrose Bierce Dover Publications 0-486-20767-6 $3.95 xxii+
199
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Checkmark
The Complete Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce date unknown Ambrose Bierce University of Nebraska Press 978-0-8032-6071-9 $18.95 496
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Marvin Cone Checkmark
The Second Century of Creepy Stories date unknown ed. Sir Hugh Walpole Hutchinson   4/6 1023
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
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