Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), American writer and journalist, is mainly known for his poisoned pen and his short stories. Eclectic author, he mostly wrote short stories, with a preference for the fantasy genre and the stories about the Civil War, experienced firsthand. His most famous work is The Devil's Dictionary (1911). He disappeared mysteriously, like the protagonists of some of his short stories, on January 11, 1914, in Mexico, where he had gone as a reporter, during the Battle of Ojinaga. His disappearance remains an enigma.