Founded in 1882, The SPR was the first society to conduct organised scholarly research into human experiences that challenge contemporary scientific models.

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6 Nov 2014 - 6:35pm

The SPR at War: Psychical Research During and in the Aftermath of the First World War.

Like no other conflict before or since, the First World War has become firmly associated with the paranormal. But what role did the SPR play during this time? Dr Leo Ruickbie considers the activities of SPR members, including the investigation into the Angel of Mons.

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Parapsychology and Psychology Online Conference

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Parapsychological Association awards

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Recent Publications

Paranormal Guides from Amberley Publishing, by Rob Kirkup, S.D. Tucker, Alvin Nicholas, Daniel Codd

Ghosts of Edinburgh, by Rob Kirkup

Paranormal Merseyside, by S. D. Tucker

Supernatural Wales, by Alvin Nicholas

Paranormal Devon, by Daniel Codd


From the publisher’s website:

Ghosts of Edinburgh: From the murderous cannibalism of Sawney Bean to the bodysnatching exploits of Burke and Hare, Edinburgh has seen its fair share of ghoulish happenings over the years. But does it truly deserve its reputation as one of Britain’s most haunted cities? Along with his fearless team of ‘spook seekers’, Rob Kirkup donned his ghost-hunting gear and took to the streets of Scotland’s capital to find out whether today’s visitors have anything to fear.

Might one meet a foul-mouthed poltergeist beneath the South Bridge, or have a close encounter at Edinburgh Dungeon? Should one avoid Greyfriars Kirk at night, or keep their eyes peeled at Bedlam Theatre? From the disembodied voices of Cammo Estate to suspicious sounds at Mary King’s Close, the team really did see it all, and now’s your chance to join them on their quest. Using state-of-the-art paranormal detection equipment, and drawing on his extensive field experience, the author shows us why it’s worth keeping your wits about you in one of the world’s most terrifying cities.

Ghosts of Edinburgh, Sept 2013, ISBN-13: 978-1848682672; Paranormal Merseyside, Jan 2013, ISBN-13: 978-1848687295; Supernatural Wales, March 2013, ISBN-13: 978-1445611518; Paranormal Devon, April 2013, ISBN-13: 978-1848681668