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The Terror of Pond Terrace, Chelsea

Brian Langston describes how a mysterious ghost sighting turned a Chelsea street on its head in the 1850s

Walking through fashionable Chelsea today, it is difficult to imagine the scenes of pandemonium which broke out 160 years ago following the extraordinary appearance of a ghost at a private house.

Victorian London was sent into turmoil . . . → Read More: The Terror of Pond Terrace, Chelsea

The Third Man Factor: Surviving the Impossible

Reviewed by Peter Rogerson

Normally we try to review books as they come along, but occasionally we overlook some. This is one such which is well worth noting. The title of the book comes from T S Elliot’s The Waste Land:

Who is the third who walks always beside you? When I count, there are . . . → Read More: The Third Man Factor: Surviving the Impossible

Five Things People Believe About Demons, Exorcisms and The Spirit World

By Carol Kuruvilla

[Snip] A spirit is a supernatural being or essence, seen in some religions as existing separately from the supreme being, or God. Other religions think of spirits simply as different manifestations of God.

There’s a tendency among skeptics to discredit the belief in spirits, according to Rabbi Bradley Hirschfield, the co-founder . . . → Read More: Five Things People Believe About Demons, Exorcisms and The Spirit World

Can Science See Spirits?

By Jack Hunter

Spirit mediumship is a complex, near universal phenomenon (see Talking With the Spirits: Ethnographies from Between the Worlds for a cross-cultural snapshot of just a few of the world’s mediumship traditions), which, despite over 130 years of investigation from psychical research and the social sciences more generally, continues to evade scholarly attempts . . . → Read More: Can Science See Spirits?

Co-habiting With Ghosts, by Caron Lipman

Knowledge, Experience, Belief and the Domestic Uncanny

Reviewed by Peter Rogerson

During my working career as a local history librarian I found that second only to tracing family history, finding out “who lived in my house” was the most common form of enquiry that I had to deal with. A sizable tranche of those enquiries . . . → Read More: Co-habiting With Ghosts, by Caron Lipman

The Secret of the Ouija Board

By Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

In 1891, The first ads started appearing in papers: “Ouija, the Wonderful Talking Board,” boomed a Pittsburgh toy and novelty shop, describing a magical device that answered questions “about the past, present, and future with marvelous accuracy” and promised “never-failing amusement and recreation for all the classes,” a link “between the . . . → Read More: The Secret of the Ouija Board

The Secret History of Poltergeists and Haunted Houses

From Pagan Folklore to Modern Manifestations

Reviewed by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

Those who are familiar with the various books published by Inner Traditions that are translations of earlier (usually French) monographs by Claude Lecouteux will be familiar with this great professor’s style, his thoroughness, and the academic rigor he brings to surveying his subjects . . . → Read More: The Secret History of Poltergeists and Haunted Houses

The Secret History of Poltergeists and Haunted Houses

From Pagan Folklore to Modern Manifestations

Reviewed by Sheta Kaey

Claude Lecouteux offers an exhaustively researched history of poltergeist activity and hauntings from the middle ages to today. Packed full of case histories and general information, The Secret History of Poltergeists and Haunted Houses is an essential addition to the library of any serious ghost . . . → Read More: The Secret History of Poltergeists and Haunted Houses

Japanese Ghost Lore

By Mamie M.

Japanese culture is rich in tradition and lore. There are many known ghost stories that are passed down from generation to generation. Some of these stories may have been created to ensure proper curfew or to teach respect but there is always the question, how many of these tales are rooted in . . . → Read More: Japanese Ghost Lore

The Séance: Safe or Sinister?

By Barbara Parks

We’ve all heard the stories of séances gone wrong, whereby gateways to the spirit world are opened with terrifying results. Post-séance tag-alongs are supposedly widespread, attaching to the sitters and following them home. The subsequent manifestations range from the subtle to the extreme, depending on with whom you speak. Some report the . . . → Read More: The Séance: Safe or Sinister?