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.

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?

He’s a writer of fiction, stage and audio plays, and some limericks. He also researches the histories of quirky genres of fiction — from occult detective mysteries to tales of sinister hypnotists — with the goal of compiling entertaining yet informative anthologies. With a doctorate degree in English, he has taught at the university level, specializing in American literature from the 1800s and early 1900s and in popular genres, such as supernatural and science fiction.

Author Photo
Tim Prasil aboard the Schooner Timberwind

His name rhymes with “grim fossil.” Flattering, ain’t it?


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 Tim at brombonesbooks@gmail.com.

Brom Bones, as illustrated by George H. Boughton for Washinton Irving’s Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (London: Macmillan, 1893)

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