So far I have run into two somewhat unusual titles:

https://www.bookogs.com/work/461013
The title is a black bar, resembling text that has been redacted by a censor. While I was able to make something similar by using unicode, it's not really searchable.

https://www.bookogs.com/work/559217-graffiti
See the image for the exact title... Here I decided to use something more descriptive as there was basically no other choice.

Anyone have better ideas for these, or any ideas how to best deal with these type of pictorial titles?

Anyone have better ideas for these

No, I don't think that there is a better solution.
The only thing I can think of is writing a letter to these stupid authors, telling them there works will not be listed in the largest print media database if they don't stop using such difficult titles. They will be scared to death and return to reproducable titles ;-)

mirva wrote:

So far I have run into two somewhat unusual titles:

https://www.bookogs.com/work/461013
The title is a black bar, resembling text that has been redacted by a censor. While I was able to make something similar by using unicode, it's not really searchable.

The semi-official but comprehensive Celestial Timepiece website titles the story the same way (well, with four boxes instead of five) - https://celestialtimepiece.com/2017/04/09/the-collector-of-hearts-new-tales-of-the-grotesque/ - so it looks like the way you've entered it is as good as it can be done.

Searchability is generally poor on Bookogs anyway so far, and this title is still found by looking for works by Oates.

mirva wrote:

https://www.bookogs.com/work/559217-graffiti
See the image for the exact title... Here I decided to use something more descriptive as there was basically no other choice.

http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?59541 lists it as (scribbled graffiti), and it looks like the other anthologies it appears in also use the pictorial title. Again, (Graffiti) is as good a title as any other unless Schow has an official name for it.

indy133 wrote:

The only thing I can think of is writing a letter to these stupid authors

:D

seppuku wrote:

Searchability is generally poor on Bookogs anyway so far, and this title is still found by looking for works by Oates.

True, and no matter what we invent for the title, it's probably easier to find the story by searching/browsing the works of Oates.
Same with the Schow title.

seppuku wrote:

unless Schow has an official name for it

I dug out his old website yesterday, and it just uses the picture:
https://web.archive.org/web/20120206220304/http://www.davidjschow.com/biblio/biblio_stories.shtml

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