A Vision of Doom

A Vision of Doom: Poems by Ambrose Bierce is a collection of poems by Ambrose Bierce and edited by Donald Sidney-Fryer. It was published in 1980 by Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc. in an edition of 900 copies.

A Vision of Doom
Vision of doom
Dust-jacket from the first edition
AuthorAmbrose Bierce
IllustratorFrank Villano
Cover artistFrank Villano
CountryUnited States
PublisherDonald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc.
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback)


  • "A Visionary of Doom", by Donald Sidney-Fryer
  • "Basilica"
  • "A Mystery"
  • "The Passing Show"
  • "Geotheos"
  • "Invocation"
  • "Religion"
  • "T.A.H."
  • "Contemplation"
  • "The Golden Age"
  • "A Learner"
  • "A Possibility"
  • "J.F.B."
  • "The Death of Grant"
  • "Laus Lucis"
  • "Nanine"
  • "To My Laundress"
  • "Reminded"
  • "Another Way"
  • "To One Across the Way"
  • "To Maude"
  • "Tempora Mutantur"
  • "To Nanine"
  • "Restored"
  • "Presentiment"
  • "A Study in Gray"
  • "Montefiore"
  • "Francine"
  • "One Morning"
  • "The King of Bores"
  • "Something in the Papers"
  • "The Bride"
  • "Again"
  • "Oneiromancy"
  • "Justice"
  • "Creation"
  • "Avalon"
  • "A Vision of Doom"
  • "The Perverted Village"
  • "To Dog"
  • "A Rational Anthem"
  • "A Voluptuary"
  • "Arbor Day"
  • "Californian Summer Pictures"
    • "The Foot–Hill Resort"
    • "To the Happy Hunting Grounds"
  • "Light Lie the Earth Upon His Dear Dead Heart"
  • "Saralthia's Soliloquy"
  • "Song of the Dead Body"
  • "On Stone"
  • "Dead"
  • "Man is Long Ages Dead"


  • Chalker, Jack L.; Mark Owings (1998). The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Bibliographic History, 1923-1998. Westminster, MD and Baltimore: Mirage Press, Ltd. p. 326.
Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (June 24, 1842 – circa 1914) was an American short story writer, journalist, poet, and Civil War veteran.

Bierce's book The Devil's Dictionary was named as one of "The 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature" by the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration. His story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" has been described as "one of the most famous and frequently anthologized stories in American literature"; and his book Tales of Soldiers and Civilians (also published as In the Midst of Life) was named by the Grolier Club as one of the 100 most influential American books printed before 1900.A prolific and versatile writer, Bierce was regarded as one of the most influential journalists in the United States, and as a pioneering writer of realist fiction. For his horror writing, Michael Dirda ranked him alongside Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Lovecraft. His war stories influenced Stephen Crane, Ernest Hemingway, and others, and he was considered an influential and feared literary critic. In recent decades Bierce has gained wider respect as a fabulist and for his poetry.In December 1913, Bierce traveled to Chihuahua, Mexico, to gain first-hand experience of the Mexican Revolution. He disappeared, and was rumored to be traveling with rebel troops. He was never seen again.

Donald M. Grant, Publisher

Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc. is a fantasy and science fiction small press publisher in New Hampshire that was founded in 1964. It is notable for publishing fantasy and horror novels with lavish illustrations, most notably Stephen King's The Dark Tower series and the King/Peter Straub novel The Talisman.

Donald Sidney-Fryer

Donald Sidney-Fryer (born September 8, 1934) is a poet and entertainer principally influenced by Edmund Spenser and Clark Ashton Smith.

Born and raised in the Atlantic coastal community of New Bedford, Massachusetts, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in October 1953. While in the Marines, he first became enamored of "imaginative literature" and began to compile A Checklist of the Ballet Scores of Cesare Pugni, eventually published in 1961 as Vol. VIII of Enciclopedia dello Spettacolo. Following his honorable discharge at the rank of sergeant in August 1956, he moved to California, where he enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles; during this period, he engaged in the concomitant study of classical ballet, working under David Lichine and Tatiana Riaboushinska for a year. In 1958 and 1959, he visited Smith's home in Monterey, California; during these two excursions, Smith introduced him to the oeuvre of George Sterling. After graduating from UCLA in January 1961 with a B.A. in French and the death of Smith in August of that year, Sidney-Freyer commenced work on the poetry that would eventually comprise Songs and Sonnets Atlantean (1971) and The Emperor of Dreams (1976), a bibliography of Smith completed in 1965. From 1965 to 1971, he edited three volumes of Smith's work for Arkham House, a task he would reprise for Pocket Books a decade later.

In 1969, he married Gloria Kathleen Braly, and started giving dramatic readings shortly thereafter at universities and other institutions, almost always incorporating material by Smith and Spenser. His poetry has continued to appear in a variety of weird fiction and speculative poetry-oriented journals.

Sidney-Fryer's verse is marked by a strong imagination, and a Francophilic focus. He is a strong believer in "pure poetry," and practices formalist verse, having developing his own specific poetic form: the Spenserian stanza-sonnet.

He remains a prolific historian of 19th century ballet, and is an expert on the ballet theatre of the romantic era.

Ich töte mich...

"...Ich töte mich jedesmal aufs Neue, doch ich bin unsterblich, und ich erstehe wieder auf; in einer Vision des Untergangs..." (German:"...I kill myself every time anew, but I am immortal, and I rise again; in a vision of Doom.."; usually referred to as "...Ich töte mich...") is the debut album by darkwave band Sopor Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows, and was released in 1994. The original pressing had no title, though the "...Ich töte mich..." line was printed in blackletter on the back cover; later editions identified the printed sentence as the official title. Originally released as a limited edition of 1,000, the album has been re-released at least three times.

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