Editor Tim Prasil's third entry in his "Phantom Traditions Library" is a rather specialized entry in the already specialized genre of occult detective fiction. Offerings range from Pliny the Younger up to the late 19th century, and further narrow the field by presenting detectives who either aid troubled spirits (the Ghostly Clients) or must deal with malevolent ones (the Demonic Culprits). We are also provided with a quite interesting introduction to the field discussing (among other matters) why the exact origins of the genre may not be as black & white as previously believed.
While I very much enjoyed the anthology and did not hesitate to give it five stars, I should at the same time note that this is not "Occult Detectives 101" - this is more of a scholarly assembly and combines some purely enjoyable later stories with others primarily of historical note, and is likely of more use to those with an established interest in the field.
Ghostly Clients and Demonic Culprits: The Roots of Occult Detective Fiction: 3 Paperback – 28 September 2019
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- Publisher : Brom Bones Books (28 September 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 334 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1948084066
- ISBN-13 : 978-1948084062
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.13 x 22.86 cm
- Customer Reviews:
4.5 out of 5
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