These books showcase Tim Prasil’s creative writing, be it fiction or poetry. Click on the cover for details, including ordering options, and additional material related to each book.
Help for the Haunted: A Decade of Vera Van Slyke Ghostly Mysteries is a composite novel that chronicles thirteen supernatural investigations conducted by ghost hunter Vera Van Slyke. She was a journalist in the era of Nelly Bly, Upton Sinclair, Ida Tarbell, and other muckrakers. After Vera defrauded the psychic medium Lida Prášilová, the two women formed a friendship that rivaled Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson’s. Click here for details about these sometimes chilling, sometimes funny, always mysterious ghost hunts.
Did the gloomy — but also snarky — Edgar Allan Poe ever write limericks? That question is raised by The Lost Limericks of Edgar Allan Poe, which offers 100 limericks about Poe’s work, his life, and his world. The poems are mostly witty, often spooky, and at times, a bit serious. (It wouldn’t be like Poe for any to be bawdy, though!) Carefully footnoted, this book will appeal to readers hoping to learn more about Poe’s writing and life as well as those already familiar with him. Click here for sample limericks and further details.
These books spotlight Tim’s research into other writers’ work, usually writers from the 1800s and early 1900s. Click on the covers for details, including ordering options, and additional material related to each book.
Echoing Ghost Stories: Literary Reflections of Oral Tradition presents twenty ghost stories, each one designed to capture — or spin — the centuries-old tradition of sharing such tales out loud. In other words, these are works written as much for the ear as for the eye. The authors include Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ambrose Bierce, Edith Wharton, M.R. James, and E. Nesbitt. Echoing Ghost Stories is the second volume in the Phantom Traditions Library, which is comprised of “forgotten” genres and sub-genres of speculative fiction from the 1800s and early 1900s. Click here to learn more about the book.
Entranced by Eyes of Evil: Tales of Mesmerism and Mystery presents stories about sinister mesmerists and characters who suffer the consequences of dabbling in hypnotism. This once-popular genre, which one critic termed “Hypnotic Fiction,” includes works by Edgar Allan Poe, Louisa May Alcott, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Ambrose Bierce. Entranced by Eyes of Evil is the first volume in the Phantom Traditions Library, a series of anthologies that resurrect quirky genres of fiction from the 1800s. Click here to learn more about the book and the series.
Spectral Edition: Ghost Reports from U.S. Newspapers, 1865-1917 features real newspaper articles about haunted houses and graveyards, haunted roads and rivers, even haunted people. Between the U.S. Civil War and the nation’s entry into World War I, journalists treated such hauntings with the same seriousness as any newsworthy event. Spectral Edition offers full transcriptions of 150 ghost reports — the scariest, strangest, and funniest discovered by Tim Prasil. Click here for sample articles and further details.
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