An interesting alphabetical overview over various paranormal phenomena throughout the ages; displaying how far back these type of stories go, with a particular focus on England and the spiritualist movement during the Victorian era; not to forget the popularisation of “the medium.”
It is of interest that poltergeist activity, at this point in time, is largely considered to be a manifestation of psychic powers. Especially within young, teenage, individuals, who are conflicted when it comes to the handling of their own emotions.
A theory is presented to the reader that hauntings are simply recordings of past events; since humans cannot interfere and interact with these manifestations, but can simply stand by and observe.
Time glitches where people all of a sudden find themselves transported for a brief moment back in time, is mentioned in short.
The work also contains a story of a very famous psychic woman, who found herself imprisoned for life after allegedly murdering her own child in the U.S.A.; it made me think of a medium over in England who was arrested by the authorities during WW2 because she knew about dead soldiers and losses before the news hit the public. This led the government to suspect that she was guilty of espionage.
Invisible entities attacking people physically is also featured.
A theory is also presented suggesting that “mediumship” might be telepathy; meaning that you get access to people’s subconsciousness!
The book also describes how some people have negative NDEs, describing a hellish experience of the afterlife. I’ve heard rumours; but this is something that you never really see mentioned in popular new-age, non-religious, books about the spiritual world.
Chambers also have some other cool books about the unexplainable; needless to say there are countless other works mentioned within “ghosts and spirits,” since this book is more or less like some sort of “spirit dictionary.”
PS. The picture of the book is not very flattering 😮 It is obviously a very popular, well-read library book, so I guess I now need to get a serious disinfectant for myself! 😮