Ambrose Bierce was an american writer who worked in the field of humorous and horror fiction. As Bierce took part in the American Civil War it made a major effect on his perception of the world and his style of writing. Nowadays Ambrose Bierce is considered to be the master of a short story. 'Charles Ashmore's Trail' is a short mysterious story that can definitely make you shiver. The Ashmore's family consists of the respectable and God-fearing people: the father, the mother, the grandmother, two daughters and one son. One day the boy takes a tin bucket and goes towards the spring to get some fresh water there. But he has not returned. The family immediately starts searching for him, but all they can see is his footsteps on the snow… What has happened to the boy? Read 'Charles Ashmore's Trail' and you will know!