New Videos at the BBB YouTube Channel — and Does Anyone Know What These Are Called?

There are now three new videos up at the Brom Bones Books YouTube channel. They’re readings from Entranced by Eyes of Evil: Tales of Mesmerism and Mystery. Here’s an example:

Along with Poe’s famous tale, I recorded and posted a really great (but anonymous) story titled “Curious Mesmeric Experiences in California,” which is kind of a pre-Ambrose Bierce Ambrose Bierce story, and Arthur Lucas’s “Selenitha.” As I say in that latter video, I’m not a fan of Lucas’s ending, but I like his premise very much.

I’m not courageous enough to go on camera for these because then you’d see all the editing I do to cover my flubs. Don’t tell anyone, but I’m not a fan of those videos that cut to exactly the same shot about every other sentence. Plus, it’s become an interesting challenge to think about what I can use for the visual. Some authors just show the book cover, and I completely get that. Still, I’m trying to be a bit more creative — without upstaging the reading itself.

Meanwhile, my research on The Victorian Ghost Hunter’s Casebook has taken me to some interesting old volumes. For many years, I’ve had a fondness for those, uhm — well, I don’t know what they’re called. “Banners,” perhaps? They’re elaborate, horizontal designs — often having nothing to do with the subject matter — used to start new sections in books from the 1800s and thereabouts.

For example, here are three from the 1903 edition of Ernest Law’s The History of Hampton Court Palace:

History of Hampton Court Palace - Law 1History of Hampton Court Palace - Law 2History of Hampton Court Palace - Law 3

Who knows? Maybe I’ll start to collect these and use them in a book one day — or simply dress up some of the pages here at the BBB website. Please leave a comment if you happen to know if these fancy doodads have a particular name, maybe one used by publishers or typesetters.

If I’ve sparked your interest, there’s a page for information about Entranced by Eyes of Evil. And here’s the link to the Brom Bones Books YouTube channel. But you’ll have to wait until mid-December to buy The Victorian Ghost Hunter’s Casebook.

–Tim

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