About Brom Bones Books and Tim Prasil

Why is Brom Bones Books called Brom Bones Books?

Brom Bones is the character in Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” who probably scares poor Ichabod Crane away from Tarry Town and, specifically, away from Katrina Von Tassel. Brom probably does this by masquerading as the legendary specter known as the Headless Horseman, leading superstitious Ichabod on a frantic chase and hurling a head-sized pumpkin at him. (Have you noticed the pumpkin logo?) Though Irving never confirms that this is what happened, he gives readers some good evidence to conclude that it’s the case.

And so Brom Bones brought new life to an old ghost. I like to think that — in one form or another — this is exactly the mission of Brom Bones Books.

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The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane (1858),
by John Quidor

Why is BBB called the publishing cottage of Tim Prasil?

It’s simply not large enough to be called a publishing house, and unfortunately, this means there’s no room for other authors or editors. No submissions or proposals will be considered. The notion of figuring out royalties makes me shake with the same horror that Ichabod felt while on that chase.


What is known about this Tim Prasil?

I write ghostly mysteries; anthologize quirky, mostly 19th-century fiction; and explore historical ghostlore. I’ve also been known to scribble a limerick.

Once upon a time, I had a career in radio broadcasting that took me from announcing to copywriting — and from Illinois to Mississippi, back to Illinois, to Wisconsin, and finally to South Carolina. I then moved to Boston and earned an M.A. in English, taught in upstate New York, and moved to Milwaukee to earn a Ph.D. in English. After thirty years of teaching at the university level in Wisconsin and Oklahoma, I’m now focusing on making books. I hope to move to Maine next. It’s pretty there.

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Tim Prasil aboard the Schooner Timberwind

Oh yeah — my name rhymes with “grim fossil.” Flattering, ain’t it?


Interviews

In the autumn of 2020, Nico Bell interviewed me about my Vera Van Slyke Ghostly Mysteries series. Read it here.

In the summer of 2019, Loren Rhodes interviewed me about Guilt Is a Ghost: A Vera Van Slyke Ghostly Mystery. Read it here.

In the winter of 2017, Patrick Keller interviewed me about Spectral Edition: Ghost Reports in U.S. Newspapers, 1865-1917 for his Big Séance Podcast. Listen to it here.

In the autumn of 2014, Patrick interviewed me about Help for the Haunted: A Decade of Vera Van Slyke Ghostly Mysteries on his Big Séance Podcast. Listen to it here.


How can Tim Prasil be contacted?

You may email me at brombonesbooks@gmail.com.


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Brom Bones, as illustrated by Charles O. Murray for Washington Irving’s Little Britain Together with The Spectre Bridegroom and A Legend of Sleepy Hollow (William Clowes, 1880)
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Brom Bones, as illustrated by George H. Boughton for Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Macmillan, 1893)

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