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Between the American Civil War and the nation's entry into World War I, a wave of ghost reports appeared in U.S. newspapers. Haunted houses, haunted roads, haunted families, and other spectral manifestations were treated as legitimate news. Tim Prasil has collected hundreds of these articles, and Spectral Edition: Ghost Reports from U.S. Newspapers, 1865-1917 displays the scariest, strangest, funniest, and most intriguing of them. Along with nearly 150 complete ghost reports, Prasil includes a well-researched Introduction, useful footnotes, rare newspaper illustrations, and an essay about how an alleged ghost encounter in Memphis ignited a debate about responsible journalism. Spectral Edition explores a curious chapter of U.S. newspapers and an era when the American press challenged scientific and religious skepticism with open-minded consideration of the possibility that specters return to haunt us!
|Brom Bones Books
|6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
About the Author
Tim Prasil (it rhymes with "grim fossil") writes fiction about a ghost hunter named Vera Van Slyke. A collection of these tales, titled Help for the Haunted: A Decade of Vera Van Slyke Ghostly Mysteries, will soon be re-released by Brom Bones Books. The same publisher has already issued Prasil's The Lost Limericks of Edgar Allan Poe, featuring 100 limericks about the great author's work, life, and world. Prasil also edits anthologies. Spectral Edition: Ghost Reports from U.S. Newspapers, 1865-1917 features 150 actual newspaper reports about haunted houses, haunted roads, haunted people, and more. The articles were chosen from Prasil's collection of over 300, all of them published in the United States between the nation's Civil War and its entry into World War One. If you prefer anthologies of fiction, Prasil edited Those Who Haunt Ghosts: A Century of Ghost Hunter Fiction and Giving Up the Ghosts: Short-Lived Occult Detective Series by Six Renowned Authors, both available from Coachwhip Press. You'll find information about Prasil's ongoing Spectral Edition project and his upcoming books at his website: brombonesbooks.com.