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.
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.
Ghostly Clients & Demonic Culprits: The Roots of Occult Detective Fiction presents stories that trace the long history leading to characters such as Agents Mulder and Scully, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Sam and Dean Winchester. The curious cross-genre of detective and supernatural fiction has its roots in 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. The authors include E.T.A. Hoffmann, Charlotte Riddell, Arthur Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Machen, and more. Click here to learn more about the book.
Imagining Life on the Moon During the Rise of the Telescope presents three centuries of fictional depictions of lunar inhabitants. The voyage begins in the early 1600s, when telescopes first appeared, and ends in 1900, when advanced telescopes had verified that no life exists on the Moon. With authors including Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, and others less remembered, this anthology charts the emergence of science fiction as we know it today. It also weaves this genre with displays playful fantasy and subtle satire. Click here to learn more about the book.
In the mid-1800s, some people claimed ghosts were disappearing along with the superstitious past while trains were speeding into the future as a thundering example of mechanical progress. Yet it did not take long for new ghosts to rise and ride on the modern railways. After the End of the Line: Railroad Hauntings in Literature and Lore brings together fiction and non-fiction sources — short stories, newspaper reports, poetry, memoir, and more — to reveal how their cross-influence created horrifying accounts of apparitions on the tracks, haunted train tunnels and switching stations, even phantom locomotives. Click here to learn more about the book.