From the author: James Hutchison, a doctor on the west coast of Scotland, takes into his house a consumptive young man called Dòmhnall MacDiarmid on the eve of the Second World War because MacDiarmid, a fisherman, appears to have remarkable psychic gifts. With a psychoanalyst friend from St Andrews, Hutchison decides to hold séances with his protégé. The doctor’s niece Alison, who will succeed him in his practice, spends most of each summer with her uncle. But that summer she falls in love with Dòmhnall, and is drawn into the remarkable and sometimes terrifying paranormal phenomena surrounding him, with the local minister publicly accusing Dr Hutchison of helping to raise the dead.
Heavenly Pursuits is not fantasy, but a contribution to a new genre of fiction, with Lorn Macintyre drawing on his own experiences through sitting with mediums, and on his knowledge of psychic literature, to create a gripping and ultimately tragic story.
Heavenly Pursuits. Richmond ePublishing April 2012 (Kindle edition). ASIN: B007WBH5HG
From the publishers’ website: With subjects ranging from the Croglin Vampire and the Renwick Cockatrice to witchcraft and the Cursing Stone of Carlisle, this collection of first-hand accounts contains all manner of weird and wonderful events from Cumbria's long and tumultuous history. With more than 50 photographs, both archive and modern, and sightings of everything from lake monsters and anomalous big cats to fairies, phantom airships and the Solway Spaceman, prepare to be astonished!
Geoff Holder is the author of more than twenty titles exploring strange and unexplained events in the North of England and in Scotland, and this collection will fascinate and amaze both residents and visitors alike.
Paranormal Cumbria. The History Press, March 2012. ISBN 9780752454122
From the publisher’s website: A Different Perspective on the Titanic Disaster.
As the Titanic plunged to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, Colonel Archibald Gracie was sucked down with it. However, he somehow managed to surface and survive, and he soon found himself sprawled on an overturned life raft, his clothes waterlogged and his teeth chattering from the icy cold. He noticed that the seaman next to him on the raft had a dry cap and asked him if he could borrow it for just a few minutes to warm his head. “And what would oi do?” was the curt reply. “Ah, never mind,” said Gracie, as he thought “it would make no difference a hundred years hence.”
Those hundred years are up this year on April 15 and we might assume that it no longer makes any difference to Colonel Gracie, wherever and however he now exists. But understanding Gracie’s ordeal and those of the other 2,222 passengers, including the crew, of the Titanic, might make a difference now for some people – those interested in learning from the experiences of others while searching for greater meaning in life’s suffering and tragedies.
Basically, the Titanic story is about dying and death, a subject many people don’t like to think about. “Dying is especially difficult in America,” writes Kathleen Dowling Singh, Ph.D., an experienced hospice worker, in her 1998 book, The Grace in Dying. “Our cultural blinders to the world of Spirit, to the transpersonal realms, have left us bereft of meaning, struggling alone with the chaos of psychic deconstruction and physical dissolution.”
This book is not quite like other books about the Titanic. As the title suggests, it is an attempt to explore the more transcendental aspects of the Titanic story – those suggesting a non-mechanistic universe. The subjects include premonitions, apparitions, out-of-body experiences, telepathic communication among the living, and after-death communication, many related to the Titanic passengers, others offered in support of the Titanic phenomena. Key among the passengers is William T. Stead, a British journalist. Although much has been written about Stead’s spiritual pursuits and experiences, very little of it has been discussed in other books about the disaster. Thus, the book is somewhat unique in this respect.
Transcending the Titanic. White Crow Books, March 2012. ISBN 978-1-908733-02-3
Perspectives of Clinical Parapsychology : An Introductory Reader, by Wim Kramer, Eberhard Bauer, and Gerd Hövelmann (eds.)
From the publisher: People are reporting apparently strange, unrealistic, paranormal emotions and experiences without showing the traditional signs of abnormal behaviour or any serious pathology. They confront the medical world, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, social workers, and even family doctors with the problem of choosing the right way. This book is primarily intended as an introduction and guide providing background knowledge on how to evaluate these experiences and how to deal with them in clinical, counselling, and social welfare settings.
The contents of this book are the outcome of a three-day conference where specialists exchanged their clinical experiences, scientific knowledge, and personal opinions on how to help people who are from paranormal or exceptional experiences within a professional setting. The aim of the conference was to inform each other on theoretical concepts and practical experiences rather than persuading each other of personal beliefs. As a result, every chapter of this book is a stand-alone contribution to the existing knowledge on this subject from a different perspective. Because of the truly extensive overview of the leading literature on this phenomenon, this book is a useful guide for everyone interested in the field of clinical parapsychology, and the concepts discussed can be directly applied in everyday practice.
Preface - Wim H. Kramer, Eberhard Bauer and Gerd H. Hövelmann
Experiences with Psi Counselling in Holland - Wim H. Kramer
Lessons from a Case Study: An Annotated Narrative - Ian Tierney
Clinical Parapsychology: Its Relation to “Regular” Clinical Psychology - Franz Caspar
Explorations in Clinical Parapsychology - Maggie V. Eybrechts and Johan L.F. Gerding
Paranormal Beliefs and Experiences : Signs of Mental Health or Mental Disorder ? - Anneli Goulding
Clinical Parapsychology and Parapsychological Counselling in Psychiatric Practice - Giovanni Iannuzzo
Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Major Paranormal Experiences (MPE) - Djohar Si Ahmed
Group Therapy Approach to Exceptional Human Experiences: An Argentinean Experience - Alejandro Parra
Philosophical Counselling as Part of Clinical Parapsychology - Johan L.F. Gerding
A Counselling Approach to Extraordinary Experiences - Frauke Zahradnik and Walter von Lucadou
Are Spiritual and Transpersonal Aspects Important for Clinical Parapsychology? - Niko B. Kohls
Counselling at the IGPP - An Overview - Eberhard Bauer, Martina Belz, Wolfgang Fach, Ruth Fangmeier, Cäcilia Schupp-Ihle and Annette Wiedemer
Theoretical Reflections on Counselling and Therapy for Individuals Reporting ExE - Martina Belz and Wolfgang Fach
Clinical Aspects of Exceptional Human Experiences: A Working Bibliography - Gerd H. Hövelmann
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Perspectives of Clinical Parapsychology. Stichting Het Johan Borgman Fonds., 2012. ISBN: 978-90-818357-0-1
Anomalistic Psychology, by Nicola Holt, Christine Simmonds-Moore, David Luke, Christopher French (eds.)
From the publisher’s website: From the ancient world to the present day, anomalous experiences - such as apparitions, premonitions, out-of-body and near-death experiences - provide stories that continue to mystify and intrigue. In this lively introduction, the authors investigate what these stories signify, and why some people turn to the paranormal for explanation. From defining anomalous experiences to examining the psychological models and methods that have been used to explain them, this text will help open up these strange tales to analysis. Whatever your level of study, this introduction will guide you through the key areas of this fascinating subject.
Introduction & Overview
Personality and Individual Difference Explanations
Explanations for Superstitious Beliefs and Behaviour
Pseudoscience and the scientific status of parapsychology
Methodological issues related to the study of psi
Out-of-body experiences and near-death experiences
Anomalistic Psychology. Palgrave Macmillan, February 2012. ISBN: 9780230301504
From the publisher’s website:
The Ultimate Collection of the Master Mentalist's Radio Broadcasts
16 tracks in all!
12 Dunninger the Master Mentalist radio shows
Additional radio shows guest-starring Dunninger
Dunninger’s readings for audiences members
More than seven hours of Dunninger broadcasts
Convenient mp3 format on CD
Joseph Dunninger (1892-1975) popularized the art of mentalism with his 1940s radio show Dunninger the Master Mentalist. You’ll see why audiences loved listening to his shows as he reads the minds of his audience and answers their questions.
A household name, Dunninger also frequently appeared as a guest star on other programs, and this CD includes four of his guest spots, including one with the great Jack Benny.
Mentalists and magicians alike will love this rich source of insights into mindreading for the public, showmanship, cold reading, and mentalism presentation!
The CD includes the best available copies of these impossible-to-locate albums, digitally restored for optimum audio quality.
Dunninger. The Miracle Factory, 2006. www.miraclefactory.net
... früher da war ich mal groß. Und ... - Indizienbeweise für ein Leben nach dem Tod und die Wiedergeburt, by Dieter Hassler
From the publisher’s website: Spontane "Erinnerungen" kleiner Kinder an ihre angeblichen "früheren Leben" liefern die relativ überzeugendsten empirischen Hinweise darauf, dass wir Menschen in unserer Individualität den Tod überdauern und in einem neuen Körper wiedergeboren werden. In diesem Buch geht es nicht um Glaubensinhalte oder Esoterik, sondern um Erfahrungsberichte, die in elf ausführlich dokumentierten Fällen (darunter zwei deutsche) und 267 Kurzbeispielen anschaulich werden lassen, was wir von außergewöhnlichen Kindern lernen können.
Prof. Ian Stevenson, vier weitere Professoren und andere Forscher haben das Fallmaterial, das diesem Buch zugrunde liegt, in knapp einem halben Jahrhundert in aller Welt gesucht, geprüft, zusammengetragen und zumeist in den USA veröffentlicht. Das vorliegende Buch erspart dem Leser für einen profunden Einstieg ins Thema die Mühe, das in Deutschland nicht leicht zugängliche Material zusammensuchen und in Englisch lesen zu müssen. Viele Aspekte und alle bisherigen Erkenntnisse werden hier angesprochen und zusammengefasst.
From the author: Circumstantial Evidence for Survival of Death and ReincarnationVol. 1: Cases of the Reincarnation Type (CORT)
Since Professor Ian Stevenson’s death in 2007, reincarnation research has slowed, or even ground to a halt. This book aims to present the German reader with a thorough overview of the results so far attained, avoiding the necessity to search through scattered English literature.
The book draws mainly on Stevenson’s work because his is predominant, but it also includes cases and experiences from other academic researchers in the field. However, it is not just another book on reincarnation: it is unique in the way the topic is addressed. In Part I, eleven CORTs from Stevenson, Mills, Haraldsson, Andrade, and Bowman, including two new cases from Germany, are discussed in detail.
In Part II, each of the many elements of a CORT is addressed, illustrated with 269 short examples. Elements are, for example: announcements, dreams, birthmarks, statements, recognition, emotions, and character traits, among many others.
Children’s statements about experiences from the interim or from the beyond have been collected in order to make them available for future comparison with corresponding statements from other fields of anomalous experience.
Part III tackles the various arguments against reincarnation stemming from modern physics, brain-research, evolution theory and scans, examining alternative explanations.
The book also serves as a guide to the literature in English and German, and forms a kind of “Köchel-catalogue” to Stevenson’s published case reports. A glossary is provided for those unfamiliar with the subject, and FAQs provide a quick summary. Prof. Erlendur Haraldsson has kindly written a very positive foreword, and a detailed index is included.
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... früher da war ich mal groß. Und ... Shaker Media, June 2011. ISBN-13: 978-3868586466
Making Sense of Near-death Experiences: A Handbook for Clinicians, by Mahendra Perera, Karuppiah Jagadheesan and Anthony Peake (eds.)
From the publisher’s website: A near-death experience (NDE) is a phenomenon whereby powerful physical and emotional sensations and visions are experienced by someone who is either close to death or has been declared clinically dead.
This is an accessible guide to the theory and evidence underlying the phenomenon of NDEs. With contributions from leading international experts in the field, it provides an overview of the research into NDEs, the nature of NDEs and how they have been experienced around the world, and the physiological, psychological and medical bases of the phenomenon. The book also discusses children's NDEs, NDEs from a religious perspective, the role of light in NDEs, the assessment and management of NDEs, and the future of research into the phenomenon.
This essential handbook will provide all those who may encounter someone who has had an NDE with the knowledge and understanding they need, including nurses, doctors, palliative care workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and pastoral workers.
Making Sense of Near-death Experiences. Jessica Kingsley, November 2011. ISBN-13: 978-1849051491
From the publisher’s website: On February 4, 1974, members of the Symbionese Liberation Army kidnapped nineteen-year-old newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst from her Berkeley, California apartment. Desperate to find her, the police called physicist Russell Targ and Pat Price, a psychic retired police commissioner. As Price turned the pages of the police mug book filled with hundreds of photos, suddenly he pointed to one of them and announced, “That’s the ringleader.” The man was Donald DeFreeze, who was indeed subsequently so identified. Price also described the type and location of the kidnap car, enabling the police to find it within minutes. That remarkable event is one reason Targ believes in ESP. Another occurred when his group made $120,000 by forecasting for nine weeks in a row the changes in the silver-commodity futures market.
As a scientist, Targ demands proof. His experience is based on two decades of investigations at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI), which he cofounded with physicist Harold Puthoff in 1972. This twenty-million dollar program launched during the Cold War was supported by the CIA, NASA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and Army and Air Force Intelligence. The experiments they conducted routinely presented results could have happened by chance less than once in a million. Targ describes four types of experiments:
Remote Viewing, in which a person describes places and events independent of space and time. For example, while in California Price drew to scale a Soviet weapons factory at Semipalitinsk with great accuracy later confirmed by Satellite photography. In another remote viewing, Targ accurately sketched an airport in San Andreas, Columbia himself.
Distant Mental Influence, where the thoughts of the experimenter can positively or negatively affect the physiology (heart rate, skin resistance, etc.) of a distant person.
Whole field isolation, where someone in a state of sensory isolation accurately describes the visual experiences of someone else in another place.
Precognition and retrocausality, showing that the future can affect the past. That is, the elephant you see on television in the morning can be the cause of your having dreamed about elephants the previous night.
Final chapters present evidence for survival after death; explain how ESP works based on the Buddhist/Hindu view of ourselves as nonlocal, eternal awareness; discuss the ethics of exercising psychic abilities,and show us how to explore ESP ourselves. “I am convinced,” Targ says, “that most people can learn to move from their ordinary mind to one not obstructed by conventional barriers of space and time. Who would not want to try that?”
The Reality of ESP. Quest Books, April 2012. ISBN-978-0-8356-0884-8
From the publisher’s website: Whether you believe in them or not there is no doubt that tales of ghosts, strange happenings and things that go bump in the night are stories that we love to hear. This spooky film includes eye-witness accounts of the girl who communicates with the dead, a phantom figure captured in a photograph and the unexplained story of the church bell that rings itself. Prepare to be chilled and disturbed as you venture into a world of haunted police stations and ghosts of Cambridge Colleges.
See www.timereel.co.uk for further information.
Tales of the Supernatural. Timereel Studios, PAL Region 2, Ref No TRAN05
From the publisher’s website: This fascinating book contains a terrifying collection of true-life tales from in and around Dundee.
Featuring stories of unexplained phenomena, apparitions and poltergeists, including the tale of the White Lady of Coffin Mill and Balgay Bridge, the hauntings of the historic ships Discovery and Unicorn, and a host of modern ghost sightings - this book is guaranteed to make your blood run cold.
Drawing on historical and contemporary sources and containing many tales which have never before been published, Haunted Dundee will delight everyone interested in the paranormal.
Geoff Holder is the author of Paranormal Dundee and many other books on the supernatural and the mysterious.
Haunted Dundee. The History Press, January 2012. ISBN-13: 978-0752458496
From the publisher’s website: Over 70 years ago there occurred in a mansion house in Fife, Scotland, terrifying phenomena which have fascinated those interested in the paranormal ever since. The occupants of Pitmilly House were subjected to spontaneous outbreaks of fires, airborne objects and other occurrences which indicated the activities of a malicious poltergeist. The story of Pitmilly, which involves a gambler disgraced by royalty, and a connection with Harry Price, the flamboyant psychic investigator of Borley Rectory, ‘the most haunted house in England,’ is told for the first time in this booklet, using exclusive access to the recollections and photographs of the two families connected with the Fife mansion which was demolished in 1968 but whose sinister reputation endures locally and internationally, and was the subject of a Hollywood horror film.
To order copies, visit http://www.priormuir-press.co.uk
Pitmilly House. Priormuir Press, October 2011. ISBN-13: 978-0956768124
From the publisher’s website: Angels, ESP, psychics, astrology, ghosts, communicating with the dead, UFOs: These and other astounding phenomena are accepted as valid by a substantial proportion of the public. Why do so many members of our scientifically sophisticated society believe in assertions that scientists roundly and almost unanimously reject? And what does expressing such beliefs mean for the lives of those who do?
Unlike many books on the paranormal, which are focused on debunking or verifying such beliefs, in this book sociologist Erich Goode is interested in explaining paranormal belief as a sociological phenomenon: Who believes, why, and what are the consequences? Goode points out a number of interesting sociological features of paranormal belief. First, mainstream educational institutions discourage paranormal speculation, and yet such beliefs remain immensely popular. This tells us a great deal about the limitations of the socialization process that takes place in our educational system.
Another intriguing aspect of paranormal beliefs is that they often show distinct parallels with related thought processes in a variety of other social contexts. For example, the belief that UFOs are extraterrestrial spacecraft fits like a jigsaw puzzle piece into political conspiracy theories. Furthermore, the willingness of the public to resort to paranormal explanations for strange, inexplicable, or anomalous phenomena provides the sociologist with insights into how receptive the public is to mass communication media. Finally, because they are regarded as unconventional in mainstream social circles, paranormal beliefs are very relevant to the sociological study of deviant behavior.
Goode offers these and many more insights in a fascinating analysis that shows how fruitful the paranormal can be for sociological study.
The Paranormal. Prometheus Books, January 2012. ISBN-13: 978-1616144913
From the publisher’s website: Explores the thought of Henri Bergson, highlighting his compelling theories on the nature of consciousness and its relationship to the physical world.
Living Consciousness examines the brilliant, but now largely ignored, insights of French philosopher Henri Bergson (1859–1941). Presenting a detailed and accessible analysis of Bergson’s thought, G. William Barnard highlights how Bergson’s understanding of the nature of consciousness and, in particular, its relationship to the physical world remain strikingly relevant to numerous contemporary fields. These range from quantum physics and process thought to philosophy of mind, depth psychology, transpersonal theory, and religious studies.
Bergson’s notion of consciousness as a ceaselessly dynamic, inherently temporal substance of reality itself provides a vision that can function as a persuasive alternative to mechanistic and reductionistic understandings of consciousness and reality. Throughout the work, Barnard offers “ruminations” or neo-Bergsonian responses to a series of vitally important questions such as: What does it mean to live consciously, authentically, and attuned to our inner depths? Is there a philosophically sophisticated way to claim that the survival of consciousness after physical death is not only possible but likely?
G. William Barnard is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University. He is the author of Exploring Unseen Worlds: William James and the Philosophy of Mysticism, also published by SUNY Press, and coeditor (with Jeffrey J. Kripal) of Crossing Boundaries: Essays on the Ethical Status of Mysticism
Living Consciousness. SUNY Press, December 2011. ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3957-0 (Paper); ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3959-4 (electronic)
From the publisher’s website: A documentary film by Volker Anding in cooperation with ZDF/ARTE - German with English subtitles. Director‘s Cut 2011 (90 minutes)
The best documented Poltergeist case in history, based on the diary of the Swiss lawyer Melchior Joller.
The well-respected lawyer and member of the Swiss National Council, Melchior Joller, lived with his wife and seven children in the village of Stans, outside Lucerne. An urbane, enlightened man, he fought against "backward thinking" and reviled all forms of superstition. Yet of all people, this progressive man discovered his house was haunted by a poltergeist, which ultimately was to destroy his existence and bring about his tragic end. Windows and doors were opened and shut until they shattered, chairs were hurled across the room, pictures and items of furniture were tipped over, stones rained down narrowly missing the children. Since these paranormal manifestations were so loud and usually occurred in broad daylight, the presence of the poltergeist did not remain a secret for very long. The astonished local villagers would gather to watch these inexplicable manifestations. Newspapers ran the story, fuelling a veritable poltergeist tourist boom. Hundreds of visitors flocked to the village to witness the phenomena first hand.
The film is a modern documentary detective thriller, narrated on several levels. As with any good "whodunit", the scene of the "crime", the original 200-year-old haunted house serves as the venue for the initial investigation. All the exhibits and pieces of evidence are collated: newspaper cuttings, photos, documents and details of various "ghost stories" recorded by local inhabitants (oral history) and the original diary entries, which form the central theme of the film. Present at this meeting is an illustrious group of experts, the engineer Werner Husmann, the "Ghosthunter" Dr. Walter von Lucadou, the Capuchin priest Dietrich Wiederkehr, the magician Christoph Borer, and last but not least the medium Beatrice Rubli.
See www.volkeranding.de for further details