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Hauntings and Apparitions

MacKenzie, Andrew

 This volume, by SPR council member MacKenzie, surveys the studies of apparitions and hauntings conducted by the SPR over the past 100 years. MacKenzie excerpts material that has appeared in the Society's Journal and Proceedings, but also includes much hitherto unpublished archival material supplemented by material from his own investigations of some classic cases, together with his own insightful observations. An overall introduction and history is given in the first chapter, followed by an ongoing discussion of the nature of apparitions provided by various SPR researchers over the years. There follow chapters devoted to many well-known exemplary cases: The Cheltenham haunting, the Haunted Mill House at Willington, a haunted Shropshire vicarage, the Beavor Lodge ghost, the Snettisham ghost, a haunted road, the Versailles "adventure," two retrocognitive cases, the apparition of Samuel Bull, the haunting of Cleve Court, the haunting of Abbey House in Cambridge, and two cases from the 1970s. The last chapter is an insightful discussion of theories of haunts and apparitions in which MacKenzie calls for a psychological approach to these cases. In order to understand the nature of apparitions, he points out that we need to understand human nature.
Publisher Information:London, England: Heinemann, on behalf of the Society for Psychical Research, 1982. 240p. 7 figures; 26 illustrations; Index: 237-240; Select bibliography: 228-236
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