Entangled TOMES will feature newly formatted versions of lost classics and curated anthologies of works from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
All from the public domain!
David P. Abbott's entertaining (and maybe fanciful) introduction of fellow magician and engineer Joseffy. Illustrated. Also included in this volume is an article from the Omaha World-Herald covering Joseffy's 1910 visit to Mr. Abbott.
The Marvelous Creations of Joseffy is available for download below:
Mephisto was a chess-playing pseudo-automaton created by Charles Godfrey Gümpel and was first shown in 1878. This volume contains the reformatted text of Gümpel's promotional pamphlet. Included are a fictional story mythologizing Mephisto, a chapter on Mephisto's competitors, testimonials about Mephisto as a machine and as a player, and some sample games played by the Victorian-era robot.
Mephisto, the Marvellous Automaton is available for download below:
From 1905 to 1921, magician David P. Abbott wrote articles for The Open Court about the methods of fraudulent spiritualists. Unlike some of his contemporaries, Abbott focused on explaining the tricks of mediumship to his audience rather than haranguing the cheaters. Included are "Half Hours with Mediums," "The History of a Strange Case," and "The Spirit Portrait Mystery: Its Final Solution."
David P. Abbott in The Open Court is available right here for free download:
A fictional David P. Abbott is also the hero of the One Ahead mysteries. The Case of the Sorrowful Seamstress is the first novella in this series.
Beginning in October of 2018, I read a year's worth of The Black Cat magazine, one issue per month, 123 years after their first publication. Happy Halloween from The Black Cat is a collection of the best horror and mystery stories from the periodical's inaugural year. Suitable for reading any time!
Happy Halloween from The Black Cat is available for download below:
Our Past in the Uncanny Valley is a collection of automaton stories from 1810-1910. From E. T. A. Hoffmann's nightmarish Olimpia to the enigma of the mechanical chess-playing Turk to a plethora of humorous later-century robot maids, these stories show that our current fears about artificial intelligences aren't new at all.
|Table of Contents|
|"The Sand-man" by E. T. A. Hoffmann
"Automatons" by E. T. A. Hoffmann
"Maelzel's Chess-Player" by Edgar Allan Poe
"The Man that Was Used Up" by Edgar Allan Poe
"The Artist of the Beautiful" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
"The Bell-Tower" by Herman Melville
"The Automaton of Dobello" by H. D. Jenkins
"The Mullenville Mystery" by Julian Hawthorne
|"In Love with an Automaton" by anonymous
"The Ablest Man in the World" by Edward Page Mitchell
"The Artificial Man: A Semi-Scientific Story" by Don Quichotte
"The Automatic Maid-of-All-Work" by M. L. Campbell
"Ely's Automatic Housemaid" by Elizabeth W. Bellamy
"The Dancing Partner" by Jerome K. Jerome
"The Artificial Mother" by George Haven Putnam
"Moxon's Master" by Ambrose Bierce
"Mr. Broadbent's Information" by Henry A. Hering
Our Past in the Uncanny Valley is available right here for free download:
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