Ghostly Clients & Demonic Culprits: The Roots of Occult Detective Fiction

Scheduled for mid-October, 2019

Front Cover 8-26-19 for BBB site

Before Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Agents Mulder and Scully, and Carl Kolchak . . .
Before Jules de Grandin, John Silence, and Carnacki the Ghost Finder . . .

The roots of occult detective fiction reach as far back as ancient Rome, where two master plots emerged. The first involves a character whose courage and intelligence solves the mystery of a troubled spirit: a ghostly client. In the second, a character must investigate and vanquish a much more wicked supernatural foe: a demonic culprit.

Showcasing E.T.A. Hoffmann, Charlotte Riddell, Arthur Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Machen, and other authors, Ghostly Clients & Demonic Culprits charts the history of both plots, from antiquity to fully formed occult detectives in the early 1900s.

This book is scheduled to be released in mid-October, 2019.

Ghostly Clients & Demonic Culprits will be the third volume in the Phantom Traditions Library, a series of anthologies featuring unusual and forgotten genres of fiction that flourished in the 1800s. The two volumes already available are Entranced by Eyes of Evil: Tales of Mesmerism and Mystery and Echoing Ghost Stories: Literary Reflections of Oral Tradition. Future anthologies will feature distinct sub-genres of ghost stories, tales about voyages to the moon, and more!


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