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

Scheduled for Summer, 2019

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The roots of occult detective fiction reach as far back as ancient Rome. It was there that two master plots emerged. The first involves a key character whose courage and intelligence resolves the mystery of a troubled spirit haunting the living. Essentially, that ghost serves as a detective’s client. The second plot features a similar “occult detective,” but now this character must vanquish a much more evil and demonic entity — that monster acting as the story’s culprit. Ghostly Clients & Demonic Culprits charts the history of both plots from antiquity to fully formed occult detectives in the early 1900s. The authors include E.T.A. Hoffmann, Arthur Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling, Lettice Galbraith, and Jessie Douglas Kerruish.

This book is scheduled to be released in the summer of 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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