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Staley Fleming's Hallucination

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Stacey Fleming has the odd premonition that he will be bitten to death by a big black Newfoundland dog with a white forefoot. Sounds impossible, but is it?
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Published (first published January 1st 2003)
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Eloy Cryptkeeper
Staley Fleming's Hallucination / La alucinación de Staley Fleming - Ambrose Bierce(1908)

"Esto fue ordenado por Dios: que toda carne tenga espíritu y adopte por tanto las facultades espirituales. También el espíritu tiene los poderes de la carne, aunque se salga de ésta y viva como algo independiente, como atestiguan muchos hechos atribuidos a los fantasmas y espíritus de los muertos. Hay quien dice que el hombre no es el único en esto, pues también los animales tienen la misma inducción maligna"
David Meditationseed
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
How far can we believe in our hallucinations or simply disdain them, classifying them only as imagination and nothing else?

This story addresses this. But unlike some Poe's tales, for example where some characters suffer the psychological terror of obsession in its most extremes, here Bierce shows that a hallucination can be truly real, it just still defies the modern science.
Sucharita Biswas
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Revenge has many faces.

Staley Flaming hallucinates of a big black dog and contacts a psychiatrist for answers. Flaming has a dark secret which he does not wish to tell teh doctor. Doctor decides to spend the night in Flaming's house to study the situation. But that very night Flaming is found dead.

Who killed him when the door was locked? What dark secrets he posessed?
Nicolas Ortenzi
Sobre la historia, no puedo decir mas que: te entretiene durante breves minutos, creo que no podría haberse extendido mas de lo que esta escrito.
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ghost, short-story
Not one of his best. A very short tale about karma and hallucinations. Audible edition narrated by Anthony Heald.
Angelica Castillo
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Staley Fleming is seeking the advice of his physician. Although he wanted to talk to a person who specializes in psychopathy, he still told the physician that he has been having hallucinations of a big black Newfoundland dog. Fleming wanted to know what his condition is but the physician said that his observation is not enough. He recommends that Fleming should go to bed with his door unlocked and he will say the diagnosis tomorrow.

The physician woke up to a sound of a heavy thud. He went to Fle
Janith Pathirage
First of all, this is not a rip off of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Even thought the story ended in a cliffhanger, it was nice and edgy. I still wonder why Barton's dog's ghost went after Fleming. Well, I have a good guess.. Stories on dog hauntings are hard to come by, specially good ones.
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A traditional, short, and very predictable ghost story. I get the notion that it may have been the inspiration for 'a certain' Stephen King novel, but I'm not sure.
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Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (1842-1914) was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist and satirist. Today, he is best known for his short story, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and his satirical lexicon, The Devil's Dictionary.

The sardonic view of human nature that informed his work – along with his vehemence as a critic, with his motto "nothing matters" – earned him the ni

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