From Pagan Folklore to Modern Manifestations
Reviewed by Peter Rogerson
Claude Lecouteux, author of Return of the Dead and Phantom Armies of the Night, here turns his attention to poltergeists, tracing their manifestation and perception from antiquity to modern times. In some ways this follows the pattern established by P G Maxwell-Stuart. but what sets it apart is that its sources are mainly continental; especially from his native France. These make a fascinating addition to the literature and are not at all well known in the English speaking world.
These stories often show the distinct Catholic flavour of the culture, poltergeist effects being interpreted either as demonic activity or the dead seeking proper burial or the saying of masses; themes which appeared in the Roman Catholic Ian Wilson’s ghost book in recent times.