An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge - Ambrose Bierce A near perfect shorty story. I remember reading this, and seeing a television adaptation in class, while I was in junior high and being blown away. I wasn't used to being blown away by books we were supposed to read for school and this was one of the first times where I got an inkling of what fiction could do...though at the time I didn't really understand that; all I knew was that it was very cool.