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Book Reviews: Spontaneous and Volitional Psi

Ochorowicz, J. DE LA SUGGESTION MENTALE, reviewed by Frank Podmore, Proceedings 4, 1886, pp. 562-8. Discussion of the evidence of thought-transference. book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi/telepathy 

Tamburini, Augusto. SPRITISMO I TELEPATIA reviewed by H. Babington Smith, Proceedings 9, 1893, pp. 225-30. Italian article on spiritualism and telepathy, including cases of telepathic dreams and impressions. book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi/telepathy/dreams 

Podmore, Frank. APPARITIONS AND THOUGHT-TRANSFERENCE: AN EXAMINATION OF THE EVIDENCE FOR TELEPATHY, reviewed by Wm Romaine Newbold, Proceedings 11, 1895, pp. 149-55. Cautious, detailed study of telepathy based on the Society’s work in Phantasms of the Living, the Proceedings and other sources. Podmore states at the outset his conviction that ‘communication is possible between mind and mind otherwise than through the known channels of sense,’ but rests this claim on experimental rather than anecdotal evidence. book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi/telepathy

Goodrich-Freer, A. ESSAYS IN PSYCHICAL RESEARCH, reviewed by Richard Hodgson, Proceedings 14, 1899, pp. 393-6. Popular overview of topical subjects (hauntings, crystal gazing, dowsing, hypnotism etc.) by the ‘Miss X’ of contributions to the Proceedings on personal experiences of telepathy. book review/spontaneous psi 

Baggally, W.W. TELEPATHY, GENUINE AND FRAUDULENT, reviewed by M.A. Bayfield, Journal 18, 1918, p. 128. Description of telepathy cases where the investigator detected fraud and others where he did not. book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi/telepathy/cheating

Benton, William E. MAN-MAKING FROM OUT OF THE MISTS TO BEYOND THE VEIL, Journal 19, 1920, p. 204. ‘Compilation of data having a human interest, from the habitability of the planets to the price of radium’. book review/psi

Jones, E.H. THE ROAD TO ENDOR, reviewed by W.H. Salter, Proceedings 31, 1920, pp. 229-41. British officers imprisoned in Turkey resort to complex and successful trickery with a ouija board as part of an escape plan. book review/automatic writing/magic/cheating

Tartaruga, Ubald. KRIMINAL-TELEPATHIE UNO RETROSKOPIE & DAS HELLSEH-MEDIUM MEGALIS IN SCHWEDEN, Journal 21, 1923, pp. 60-61. Account of the feats of an Austrian clairvoyant, who began her career helping with police investigations, and later toured Sweden giving stage performances. CORRESPONDENCE, p. 96. book review/volitonal psi/clairvoyance

Besterman, Theodore. CRYSTAL-GAZING: A STUDY IN THE HISTORY, DISTRIBUTION, THEORY AND PRACTICE OF SCRYING, Journal 21, 1924, pp. 358-9. ‘Painstaking compilation.’ book review/volitional psi/clairvoyance

Tartaruga, Ubald. AUS DEM REICHE DES ELLSEHWUNDERS, Journal 21, 1924, p. 324. Studies on clairvoyance featuring the clairvoyant ‘Megalis’ and others. book review/volitional psi/clairvoyance

Heuzé, Paul. FAKIRES, FUMISTES ET CIE, Journal 23, 1926, pp. 141-2. Sceptical discussion of the claims of psychic abilities by travelling ‘fakirs’. book review/volitional psi/magic/cheating

Barrett, William & Besterman, Theodore. THE DIVINING ROD, reviewed by W.H. Salter, Journal 24, 1927, p. 16. Illustrated history of dowsing. CORRESPONDENCE, pp. 44-5, Journal 25, 1929, pp. 129-30. book review/volitional psi/dowsing

Osty, Eugène. UNE FACULTE DE CONNAISSANCE SUPRA-NORMALE, reviewed by E.J. Dingwall, Journal 24, 1927, pp. 47-8. Account of the descriptions given by the clairvoyant ‘Pascal Forthuny’ [Georges Cochet]. book review/volitonal psi/clairvoyance

Seymour, St John D. & Neligan, Harry L. TRUE IRISH GHOST STORIES, reviewed by Helen Salter, Journal 24, 1927, p. 92. Collection of first and second hand reports of apparitions, banshees and death warnings. book review/spontaneous psi/hauntings/apparitions

Leroy, Olivier. LA LÉVITATION: CONTRIBUTION HISTORIQUE ET CRITIQUE À L’ÉTUDE DU MERVEILLEUX, reviewed by P-P Solovovo, Proceedings 38, 1928, pp. 272-9. Study of levitation as recorded in writings on the saints: Joseph of Cupertino, Theresa of Avila, etc. book review/spontaneous psi/psychokinesis

Anon. THE CASE OF THERESA NEUMANN, Journal 24, 1928, pp. 247-55. Summary of the stigmatisation case in Konnesreuth, Bavaria, including newspaper reports of the various phenomena claimed to be associated with the peasant girl, including religious ecstasies and long-term fasting. CORRESPONDENCE, p. 337. book review/spontaneous psi/stigmata

Richet, Charles. NOTRE SIXIEME SENS, reviewed by P.P Solovovo, Journal 24, 1928, pp. 258-61. The veteran French researcher presents, in popular form, evidence he has gathered in favour of telepathy, clairvoyance and psychometry. CORRESPONDENCE, p. 337-8. book review/spontaneous psi/volitonal psi/telepathy/clairvoyance

Pelz, von. DIE HELLSEHERIN, BETRACHTUNGEN EINES IHRER ‘GEISTIGEN FUHRER’, reviewed by P-P. Solovovo, Journal 24, 1928, pp. 396-8. Exposure of the Konigsburg clairvoyant Frau Gunther-Geffers. book review/volitional psi/clairvoyance/cheating

Prince, W.F. NOTED WITNESSES FOR PSYCHIC OCURRENCES, Journal 24, 1928, p. 400. A collection of passages in the lives of eminent people which seem to testify to the reality of supernormal occurrences. book review/spontaneous psi

Simon, Matthias. DAS PHÂNOMEN VON KONNESREUTH IM LICHTE EVANGELISCHE GLAUBENS, Journal 24, 1928, pp. 400-401. Pamphlet discussing the case of Therese Neumann of Konnesreuth, describing her experiences and discussing the religious implications from a Lutheran standpoint. book review/spontaneous psi/stigmata

Hellwig, Albert. OKKULTISMUS UNO VERBRECHEN, reviewed by P-P. Solovovo, Journal 25, 1929, pp. 93-5. Detailed attack on the view that supernormal knowledge was obtained by clairvoyants in German criminal cases. book review/volitional psi/clairvoyance

Villey, Pierre. THE WORLD OF THE BLIND, reviewed by Theodore Besterman, Journal 27, 1931, pp. 8-9. The author, blind since a child, argues that the possession by the blind of a sixth sense or supernormal faculty is a myth. book review/psi

Friedlânder, A.A. TELEPATHIE UNO HELLSEHEN, reviewed by Theodore Besterman, Journal 27, 1931, p. 10. Argues that neither telepathy nor clairvoyance exist, but without confronting the evidence. book review/psi/telepathy/clairvoyance

Leroy, Olivier. LES HOMMES SALAMANDRES: RECHERCHES ET RÉFLEXIONS SUR L’INCOMBUSTIBILITÉ DU CORPS HUMAIN, reviewed by P-P Solovovo, Proceedings 40, 1931, pp. 162-164. Study of historical episodes of the miraculous resistance of certain individuals to fire. book review/spontaneous psi/beliefs

Mager, Henri. WATER DIVINERS AND THEIR METHODS, reviewed by W.H. Salter, Journal 27, 1931-2, pp. 259-61. English translation of one of the principal French books on the subject, combining history with speculation. book review/volitional psi/dowsing

Martin, Abel Ernest. DIAGNOSTIC RADIESTHESIQUE EN MEDECINE-VETERINAIRE, reviewed by W.H. Salter, Journal 27, 1931-2, pp. 259-61. A vet claims that it is possible by means of a pendulum to discover whether an animal is in a healthy condition or not, and to diagnose problems. book review/volitional psi/healing

Wunderle, Georg. UM KONNESREUTH, reviewed by P-P. Solovovo, Journal 27, 1931-2, pp. 310-13. A Roman Catholic priest expresses doubts about the scientific objectivity of investigations into the stigmatic Therese Neumann. book review/spontaneous psi/stigmata

Richet, Charles. L’AVENIR ET LA PREMONITION, reviewed by H.F. Saltmarsh, Journal 27, 1931-2, pp. 185-7. Collection of cases indicating the reality of genuine premonitions. book review/spontaneous psi/precognition

Selous, Edmund. THOUGHT TRANSFERENCE (OR WHAT?) IN BIRDS, reviewed by W.H. Salter, Journal 27, 1931-2, pp. 190-91. Suggests that a mental process akin to telepathy is behind the collective movement of flocks of birds. book review/animal psi

Deutsch, Joseph. KONNERSREUTH IN ÂRZLICHER BELEUCHTUNG, reviewed by P-P Solovovo, Proceedings 41, 1932, pp. 250-53. Voices scepticism of supernormal claims surrounding Therese Neumann in Germany. book review/spontaneous psi/stigmata

Osty, E. ‘TELEPATHIE SPONTANEE ET TRANSMISSION DE PENSEE EXPERIMENTALE’, reviewed by S.G. Soal, Journal 28, 1933, pp. 139-44. Article in Revue Metapsychique surveying present knowledge of telepathy. ‘This brilliant and fascinating study by one of the leading psychical researchers of our time should be read by all who desire to know what light the best French experimentation in recent years has thrown upon the problem of supernormal knowledge.’ book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi/telepathy

Lechler, Alfred. DAS RATSEL VON KONNESREUTH IM LICHTE EINES NEUEN FALLES VON STIGMATISATION, reviewed by P-P. Solovovo, Journal 28, 1933, pp. 76-7. A hypnotist uses suggestion to induce and then cure real wounds, evidence used by the author in favour of a natural explanation of the case of Therese Neumann. book review/spsontaneous psi/volitional psi/hypnosis/stigmata

Price, Harry. LEAVES FROM A PSYCHIST’S CASE-BOOK, reviewed by Theodore Besterman, Journal 28, 1933, pp. 149-50. Describes psychic episodes in the researcher’s career. book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi

Pogson, Mary E. THE ART OF WATER FINDING, reviewed by Theodore Besterman, Journal 28, 1933, p. 150. Speculations based on a theory of emanations. book review/spontaneous psi/dowsing/theory

Symns, Ann Montfort. DREAMS THAT COME TRUE: THE SOLUTION, reviewed by W.H.Salter, Journal 28, 1934, p. 182.   Personal experiences of precognition. book review/spontaneous psi/precognition

Salter, Mrs W.H. EVIDENCE FOR TELEPATHY: THE RESPONSE TO A BROADCAST REQUEST FOR CASES, reviewed by E.R.D., Journal 28, 1934, p. 311. Analysis of 58 stories of telepathic experiences sent in by the public. book review/spontaneous psi/telepathy

Elliot, Robert Henry. THE MYTH OF THE MYSTIC EAST, reviewed by W.H. Salter, Journal 29, 1935, pp. 19-20. Critique of Indian magic, which the author holds has not supernormal element. Includes a consideration of the rope-trick. book review/volitional psi/magic

Reeves, E.A. THE RECOLLECTIONS OF A GEOGRAPHER, Journal 29, 1935, pp. 139-41. The biography of a geographer, with a chapter on the author’s precognitive visions. book review/spontaneous psi/precognition

Cornillier, Pierre-Emile. THE PREDICTION OF THE FUTURE, Journal 29, 1936, p. 203. Spiritualistic survey of prophecies by mediums, translated from the original French. book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi/precognition

Carrington, Hereward. LOAVES AND FISHES, Journal 29, 1936, pp. 283-4. Biblical accounts of miracles examined in the light of modern psychological and parapsychological knowledge. book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi/beliefs

Price, Harry. CONFESSIONS OF A GHOST-HUNTER, Journal 29, 1936, pp. 294-5. Readable account of the author’s experiences investigating poltergeists and haunts, with chapters on testing mediums, stage telepathy, and the controversial Brocken experiment (converting a ram into a young man), etc. book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi

Winterstein, Alfred Frh. V. TELEPATHIE UNO HELLSEHEN, reviewed by Hans Driesch, Journal 30, 1938, pp. 155-6. Austrian lectures on the mental side of parapsychology: ‘an excellent introduction into the subject’. book review/psi/telepathy/clairvoyance

Saltmarsh, H. F. FOREKNOWLEDGE, reviewed by K. R., Journal 31, 1939, pp. 41-2. Analysis of selected cases of precognition. book review/volitional psi/precognition

Thornton, Philip. IKONS AND OXEN, reviewed by E. L., Journal 31, 1939, pp. 98-9. Eye-witness reports of fire-walking and other folkloric ceremonies. book review/spontaneous psi/fire walking/beliefs

Hettinger, J. THE ULTRA-PERCEPTIVE FACULTY, reviewed by W. H. Salter, Journal 31, 1940, pp. 187-8. Tests of two clairvoyants using sealed envelopes and analysed statistically gives significant results. book review/volitional psi/clairvoyance

Maby, J. Cecil & Franklin, T. Bedford. THE PHYSICS OF THE DIVINING ROD. Reviewed by C.C.L.G., Journal 31, 1940, p. 215. Offers an explanation of dowsing in terms of physics, whose reliability is doubted by the reviewer. THE PHYSICS AND PHYSIOLOGY OF FIELD DOWSING, Journal 32, 1941, pp. 14-22, 38-43. Lengthy rebuttal by the authors of the reviewer’s criticisms, followed later by his rejoinder. book review/volitional psi/dowsing/theory

Hettinger, J. EXPLORING THE ULTRA-PERCEPTIVE FACULTY, reviewed by W. W. Carington, Journal 32, 1941, pp. 84-6. Sequel to The Ultra-Perceptive Faculty (Journal 31, 1940). Extends the experiments with psychometrists by having them describe their impressions while the subjects are reading magazines, to see if they pick up their current mental activity. Many hits are recorded, but little statistical analysis is provided. book review/volitional psi/clairvoyance

Wilkins, Sir Hubert and Sherman, Harold. THOUGHTS THROUGH SPACE, reviewed by W. H. Salter, Journal 32, 1942, pp. 169-70. Account of a long-distance telepathy experiment in which Wilkins, on a rescue mission in the Arctic Circle, successfully conveyed impressions of what he was doing and thinking to Sherman in New York. book review/volitional psi/spontaneous psi/telepathy

Ehrenwald, Dr. H. J. TELEPATHY IN DREAMS, Journal 32, 1942, p.172. A psychotherapist presents two clinical cases in which telepathy is apparent in The British Journal of Medical Psychology, Vol. XIX, Part 2, 1942;. See also Proceedings 46, p. 224, A Psychotherapist’s View Of Telepathy And Mediumship. book review/spontaneous psi/telepathy/dreams

Fodor, Nandor. TELEPATHIC DREAMS. THE AMERICAN IMAGO, Vol. 3, No. 3, August 1942, reviewed by K. R., Journal 32, 1942, pp. 179-80. A psychotherapist and psychical researcher presents evidence of telepathy in his patient’s dreams, where coincidences with his own are often noted. book review/spontaneous psi/telepathy/dreams

Payne, Phoebe and Bendit, Laurence J. THE PSYCHIC SENSE, reviewed by G. N. M. Tyrrell, Journal 33, 1943, pp. 23-4. Describes and examines personal psychic experiences. book review/spontaneous psi

Kaulback, A. M. WHAT LIES BEYOND?, reviewed by C. D. T., Journal 33, 1943, p. 24. The writer offers detailed evidence of her ability to remain informed through psychic channels of the whereabouts and activities of her son when engaged in exploration in remote areas of the world. book review/volitional psi/telepathy/clairvoyance

Bazett, Margery. BEYOND THE FIVE SENSES, reviewed by C. Drayton Thomas, Journal 33, 1946, pp. 244-7. A psychic describes her experiences in psychometry, clairvoyance, precognition, tracing missing people, and mediumship, with commentary informed by her study of SPR literature. book review/volitional psi

Roberts, Henry C. ed. THE COMPLETE PROPHECIES OF NOSTRADAMUS, Journal 34, 1948, pp. 165-7. Contemporary interpretations, sceptically reviewed. book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi/precognition

Heywood, Rosalind & Soal, S.G. TELEPATHY AND ALLIED PHENOMENA, Journal 34, 1948, p. 215. Introductory pamphlet. book review/psi/telepathy

Tenhaeff, W.H.C. OORLOGSVOORSPELLINGEN, reviewed by R.D.P., Journal 35, 1949, pp. 46-8. Investigation into prophecies made in the Netherlands of the outbreak and course of the Second World War. book review/spontaneous psi/precognition

Godwin, George. THE MYSTERY OF ANNA BERGER, Journal 35, 1949, pp. 23-4. Novel about stigmata, representing the paranormalist and orthodox medical viewpoints. book review/spontaneous psi/stigmata

France, Henry de. THE ELEMENTS OF DOWSING, Journal 35, 1949, pp. 87-8. French guide to would-be dowsers, considered ‘uncritical’ by the reviewer. book review/volitional psi/dowsing

Butler, E.M. RITUAL MAGIC, Journal 35, 1949, pp. 153-6. Study of magicians and magic. book review/volitional psi/magic

Mahoney, OUT OF THE SILENCE, Journal 35, 1949, pp. 157-9. Popular book on supernormal experiences. book review/spontaneous psi

Marion, Frederick. IN MY MIND’S EYE, Journal 35, 1950, pp. 187-95. Autobiography of the well-known Czech vaudeville telepathist, Josef Kraus (‘Marion’). The reviewer, S.G. Soal, takes issue with the author’s rejection of investigations conducted by himself (Soal), describing his negative findings in detail. This occasioned a lively correspondence - see pp. 220-22,251-2,316-8,354. CORRESPONDENCE, Journal 31, 1939, p. 10. Claims that Soal, despite his claims to proper safeguards, neglected on one occasion to take account of the polished surface of a table as a means of reflecting information in card guessing experiments. Soal vigorously rebuts this, pp. 37-8. book review/volitional psi/experiments

Walsh, William Thomas. OUR LADY OF FATIMA, Journal 35, 1950, pp. 217-9. Narrative of the Fatima visions, from a devotional point of view. spontaneous psi/book review/beliefs/apparitions

Franklin, T. Bedford. RADIATIONS, Journal 35, 1950, pp. 284-5. Relates dowsing to accepted theories of electromagnetic radiation. book review/volitional psi/dowsing/electromagnetism/theory

Godley, John. TELL ME THE NEXT ONE, Journal 35, 1950, p. 346. Describes dreams that correctly identified winners of future horse races. book review/spontaneous psi/precognition/dreams

Summers, Montague. THE PHYSICAL PHENOMENA OF MYSTICISM, Journal 35, 1950, pp. 349-50. Study of the alleged paranormal phenomena in the lives of mystics and stigmatic by a Roman Catholic. book review/spontaneous psi/beliefs/stigmata

Jacquemyns, G. LES RADIESTHESISTES DEVANT L’OPINION PUBLIQUE, Journal 35, 1950, pp. 353-4. Inquiry into divining phenomena. book review/volitional psi/dowsing

Sabine, W.H.W. SECOND SIGHT IN DAILY LIFE, Journal 36, 1951, pp. 524-6. Personal record and analysis of precognitive dreams. book review/spontaneous psi/precognition/dreams

Spence, Lewis. SECOND SIGHT: ITS HISTORY AND ORIGINS, Journal 36, 1952, pp. 571-2. Psychic experience in Scotland, /book review/spontaneous psi/precognition/ Leroy, Olivier. MIRACLES, Journal 36, 1952, p. 572. Describes documented paranormal cases, including faith healing. book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi

Thurston, Herbert. THE PSYCHICAL PHENOMENA OF MYSTICISM, Journal 36, 1952, pp. 718-23. Review of stigmata, lévitations, cures and other phenomena within the Catholic Church. book review/spontaneous psi/stigmata/beliefs

Martindales, C.C. PADRE PIO DA PIETRELCINA, Journal 36, 1952, pp. 718-23. Study of the Italian priest said to work miracles. book review/spontaneous psi/beliefs

Uttley, Alison. THE STUFF OF DREAMS, Journal 37, 1954, pp 289-290. Personal record of dreams, some seemingly precognitive. book review/spontaneous psi/precognition/dreams

Siwek, Paul. THE RIDDLE OF KONNERSREUTH: A PSYCHOLOGICAL AND RELIGIOUS STUDY, Journal 38, 1955, pp. 32-4. ‘.. .sober and rational enquiry into the case of Theresa Neumann...’. book review/spontaneous psi/stigmata

Moberly, C.A.E. and Jourdain, E.F. AN ADVENTURE, Journal 38, 1955, pp. 92-3. Fifth edition, including character sketches of the two authors contributed by the editor. book review/spontaneous psi/retrocognition

MacTaggart, Malcolm. NOW - THEN!, Journal 38, 1955, pp. 98-100. Stresses the need to distinguish pre-cognition from post-cognition. book review/spontaneous psi/precognition/retrocognition

Tromp, S.W. EXPERIMENTS ON THE POSSIBLE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SOIL RESISTIVITY AND DOWSING ZONES, Journal 38, 1955, pp. 188-9. Account of dowsing experiments. book review/volitional psi/dowsing

Bouissou, Michael. THE LIFE OF A SENSITIVE, Journal 38, 1956, pp. 224-5. Personal psychic experiences. book review/spontaneous psi

Goemare, Pierre. THERESE NEUMANN. VISIONARY? STIGMATISED?, reviewed by L. Fairfield, Journal 39, 1958, pp. 245-6. ‘.. .not only a very readable and lucid account of the famous visionary but is of genuine scientific value’. book review/spontaneous psi/stigmata

Klinckowstroem, C. Graf von . 1ST DIE WUNSCHELRUTE EIN ABERGLAUBE?, [IS THE DIVINING ROD A SUPERSTITION?] reviewed by Anita Kohsen, Journal 39, 1958, p. 296. A sceptic argues that dowsing reaction is an allergic phenomenon due to a ‘geopathic’ constitution. book review/volitional psi/dowsing/theory

Berger, Marcel. LA VOYANCE M’A APPRIS ... .(CLAIRVOYANCE HAS TAUGHT ME-----), reviewed by E. J. Dingwall, Journal 39, 1958, pp. 248-9. ‘.. .to people who want to be more fully acquainted with the phenomena of clairvoyant descriptions and psychometry in France this book can be highly recommended.’ book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi/clairvoyance

Amadou, Robert. LA TÉLÉPATHIE (A GENERAL GUIDE OF ITS MYSTERY), reviewed by H. T. Bowden, Journal 39, 1958, pp. 296-7. Popular introduction to telepathy. book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi/telepathy

Vogt, Evon Z. & Hyman, Ray. WATER WITCHING U.S.A., reviewed by Denys Parsons, Journal 40, 1959, pp. 260-65. Study of dowsing in America by an anthropologist and a psychologist. CORRESPONDENCE, pp. 373-4. book review/volitional psi/dowsing

Anon. ARTICLES AND CORRESPONDENCE ON ESP IN ANIMALS; IN COUNTRY LIFE, reviewed by M. R. Barrington, Journal 40, 1959, pp. 315-7. Correspondence and anecdotes from pet owners. book review/animal psi

Fodor, Nandor. THE HAUNTED MIND: A Psychoanalyst Looks at the Supernormal, reviewed by Zoe Richmond, Journal 40, 1959, pp. 317-9. Account of paranormal cases collected by a spiritualist society at a time when the author, now a practising psychoanalyst, was research officer. book review/spontaneous psi/consciousness/theory

Drage, Charles. WILLLIAM KING’S PROFESSION, reviewed by E. J. Dingwall, Journal 40, 1959, pp. 426-7. Biography of a successful amateur psychometrist. book review/volitional psi/clairvoyance

Haynes, Renée. THE HIDDEN SPRINGS, AN ENQUIRY INTO EXTRA-SENSORY PERCEPTION, reviewed by H. H. Price, Journal 41, 1961, pp. 93-7. Wide-ranging historical discussion by a Catholic psychical researcher.’ The main aim of the book is to supply a missing chapter in the History of Ideas by giving a historical description of human beliefs and emotional attitudes about psi from very early times to the present day.’ book review/psi

Rhine, Louisa E. THE HIDDEN CHANNELS OF THE MIND, reviewed by Rosalind Heywood, Journal 41, 1962, pp. 254-7. Major study of spontaneous experiences in America, received from individuals by the Parapsychological Laboratory at Duke University. book review/spontaneous psi

Laski, Marghanita. ECSTASY: A STUDY OF SOME SECULAR AND RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCES, reviewed by Margaret Eastman, Journal 41, 1962, pp. 323-6. Study drawing on individual experiences and passages from literature. book review/spontaneous psi/beliefs/altered states

Belo, Jane. TRANCE IN BALI, reviewed by D. J. West, Journal 41, 1962, pp. 369-70. Spontaneous trances and divination. book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi/altered states

Retlaw, Dr E. G. PROPHEZEIUNGEN UBER AUSBRUCH UNO VERLAUF DES DRITTEN WELTKRIEGS: EINE KRITISCHE UBERSICHT EUROPÂISCHER VISIONEN, (PROPHECIES OF THE OUTBREAK AND COURSE OF THE THIRD WORLD WAR), reviewed by Celia Green, Journal 41, 1962, pp. 370-72. Attempts to chart the course of a third world view based on the prophecies of seers. book review/spontaneous psi/precognition

Hurkos, Peter. PSYCHIC. THE STORY OF PETER HURKOS, reviewed by G. Zorab, Journal 41, 1962, pp. 429-31. Account of well-known Dutch clairvoyant, reviewed sceptically by a countryman and leading parapsychologist. book review/volitional psi/clairvoyance

Prince, Walter F. NOTED WITNESSES FOR PSYCHIC OCCURRENCES, reviewed by Sally Adams, Journal 42, 1963, pp. 78-81. Collection of Occult’ incidents involving prominent people in the arts, sciences and professions. book review/spontaneous psi

Lethbridge, T.C. GHOST AND DIVINING ROD, reviewed by Denys Parsons, Journal 42, 1963, pp. 197-200. Account of the author’s experiments with pendulum and divining rod. book review/volitional psi/dowsing

Rocard, Y. LE SIGNAL DU SOURCIER (in French), reviewed by Denys Parsons, Journal 42, 1963, pp. 197-200. Presents a theory that diviners are responsive to the rate of change of magnetic flux, unsuccessfully in the opinion of the reviewer. book review/volitional psi/dowsing/theory

Heywood, Rosalind. THE INFINITE HIVE, reviewed by Francis Huxley, Journal 42, 1964, pp. 299-303. Study of ESP with reference to the author’s personal experiences. book review/psi

Gallico, Paul. THE HAND OMARY CONSTABLE, reviewed by G.W. Fisk, Journal 42, 1964, pp. 363-4. Thriller, based on the fictional exploits of an investigator commissioned by the SPR. book review/spontaneous psi

Anon. NEWSWEEK, January 1964, reviewed by G.W. Fisk, Journal 42, 1964, pp. 418-9. An American housewife is found to be able to hear alternating current fields that are normally inaudible to humans. book review/spontaneous psi/electromagnetisni

Priestley, J. B. MAN AND TIME, Journal 43, 1965, pp. 31-9. Discussion of precognition by a leading novelist. book review/spontaneous psi/precognition

Christie, Kate. APPARITIONS: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL STUDY IN PARAPSYCHOLOGY, reviewed by Rosalind Heywood, Journal 43, 1965, pp. 150-53. Record of the author’s own frequent ESP-type experiences, including apparent contacts with the newly dead, telepathy, precognition, etc. book review/spontaneous psi/apparitions/precognition/telepathy

Besterman, Theodore. CRYSTAL-GAZING: A STUDY IN THE HISTORY, DISTRIBUTION, THEORY AND PRACTICE OF SCRYING, Journal 43, 1965, p. 157. ? standard work, first published in 1924: see Journal 21, 1923-4, pp. 358-9’ (no review). book review/volitional psi/clairvoyance/precognition/theory

Gould, Rupert T. ODDITIES: A BOOK OF UNEXPLAINED FACTS, reviewed by E. J. Dingwall, Journal 43, 1965, pp. 155-6. Documents unexplained mysteries. book review/spontaneous psi

Gould, Rupert T. ENIGMAS: ANOTHER BOOK OF UNEXPLAINED FACTS, reviewed by E. J. Dingwall, Journal 43, 1965, pp. 155-6. Documents unexplained mysteries. book review/spontaneous psi

Pollack, Jack Harrison. CROISET THE CLAIRVOYANT, reviewed by G. Zorab, Journal 43, 1965, pp. 209-12. Discussion of the Dutch clairvoyant, criticised for its lack of convincing description of experimental conditions. CORRESPONDENCE, Journal 43, 1966, pp. 331-3. book review/volitional psi/claivoyance

Sherman, Harold. HOW TO MAKE ESP WORK FOR YOU, reviewed by Rosalind Heywood, Journal 43, 1966, p. 436. Layman’s introduction to ESP and how to develop it. book review/volitional psi

MacKenzie, Andrew. THE UNEXPLAINED: SOME STRANGE CASES OF PSYCHICAL RESEARCH, reviewed by G. W. Fisk, Journal 44, 1967, pp. 38-41. An author of crime thrillers writes on paranormal incidents: apparitions, poltergeists, cross correspondences, etc. book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi/mental mediumship

Eisenbud, Jule. THE WORLD OF TED SERIOS, reviewed by Colin Brookes-Smith, Journal 44, 1968, pp. 260-5. An American researcher describes the unique case of an individual who was seemingly able, with some practice, to project mental images onto Polaroid camera film to the point that they were visible on film. book review/volitional psi/photography

Colle, Harold van. THE LITTLE BOOK, Journal 44, 1968, p. 355. ‘Mr van Colle believes that certain experiments in dowsing, which he lists but does not describe in detail, provide a new basis for the understanding of ESP.’ (No review). book review/volitional psi/dowsing

Reason, H.W. THE FUTURE OF MAN, Journal 44, 1968, p. 355. ‘Mr Reason believes that dowsing is ‘much more than a search for water underneath the surface of the earth’, it is also a way in which man is probing underneath his own conscious state... ‘ (no review). book review/volitional psi/dowsing/theory

Strommenburg, A.G. A PROPHECY CONCERNING THE SWEDISH MONARCHY AS IT WAS RELATED IN 1809, Journal 44, 1968, p. 417. ? translation of a Latin pamphlet concerning a dream of King Eric VI1 of Sweden which allegedly led him to discover certain Tables of the Kings of Sweden, embodying prescience of the royal succession, hidden in a tomb (no review). book review/spontaneous psi/precognition

Campbell, John L. and Hall, Trevor H.   STRANGER THINGS, reviewed by G.W. Lambert, Journal 45, 1969, pp. 43-55. Describes the case of Fr. Allen McDonald, Ada Goodrich Freer, and the SPR’s enquiry into Scottish ‘second sight’ in 1968. The authors agree with Richard Hodgson’s claim that Ada Goodrich Freer made extensive use of materials about Scottish folklore without due acknowledgement. However Lambert argues that the information given about Freer’s background and career does not sustain the wholesale aspersions on her character which the authors derive from it. The book, in short, shows too many examples of the perils of arguing from circumstantial evidence and from negatives. CORRESPONDENCE, pp. 183-6. book review/spontaneous psi/clairvoyance

Maby, J. Cecil. CONFESSIONS OF A SENSITIVE, Reviewed by A. J. Ellison, Journal 45, 1969, pp. 125-38. Account of personal experiences. book review/spontaneous psi

Maby, J. Cecil. PHYSICAL PRINCIPLES OF RADIESTHESIA, Reviewed by A. J. Ellison, Journal 45, 1969, pp. 125-38. Argues that dowsing can be explained in terms of physical processes, a claim found by the reviewer to lack evidential backing. book review/volitional psi/dowsing/theory

Maby, J. Cecil & Franklin, T. Bedford. THE PHYSICS OF THE DIVINING ROD. Reviewed by A. J. Ellison, Journal 45, 1969, pp. 125-38. Study of dowsing, arguing that ‘dowsing reactions are understandable in terms of normal physiological processes...’. Fully reviewed. CORRESPONDENCE, Journal 45, 1970, pp. 257-8. book review/volitional psi/dowsing/theory

Rhine, Louisa E. ESP IN LIFE AND LAB, reviewed by D. J. West, Journal 45, 1970, pp. 305-8. Discussion of the role played by motivation in ESP, with reference to experimental work and spontaneous cases. book review/spontaneous psi/experimental psi

Ebon, Martin (ed). THE PSYCHIC READER, reviewed by Mostyn Gilbert, Journal 45, 1970, pp. 308-9. Serious introduction to documented psychical incidents. book review/spontaneous psi

Bridge, Ann. MOMENTS OF KNOWING, reviewed by Rosalind Heywood, Journal 45, 1970, pp. 420-22. A novelist describes personal experiences of ESP. book review/spontaneous psi

Stevenson, Ian. TELEPATHIC IMPRESSIONS: A REVIEW AND REPORT OF 35 NEW CASES, reviewed by D. J. West, Journal 46, 1971, pp. 136-8. Analysis of 160 published cases of spontaneous ESP, and 35 new cases collected by the author. book review/spontaneous psi

Gonzâlez-Quevedo, Oscar. A FACE OCCULTA DA MENTE: (The Occult Aspect of the Mind) and LAS FORÇAS FÎSICAS DA MENTE (The Physical Powers of the Mind), reviewed by G. Zorab, Journal 46, 1971, pp. 141-4. Comprehensive South American surveys of psi phenomena. book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi

Gray, Affleck. THE BIG GREY MAN OF BEN MACDHUI, reviewed by Andrew MacKenzie, Journal 46, 1971, pp. 144-5. Describes ‘strange happenings’ in the Cairngorms of the ‘abominable snowman’ type. book review/beliefs/spontaneous psi

Bardens, Dennis. MYSTERIOUS WORLDS, reviewed by Rosalind Heywood, Journal 46, 1971, pp. 146-7. Journalistic investigation of the uncanny. book review/spontaneous psi

Raudive, Konstantin. BREAKTHROUGH: AN AMAZING EXPERIMENT IN ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION WITH THE DEAD, reviewed by John H. Cutten, Journal 46, 1971, pp. 187-191. English translation of German work, claiming to have uncovered messages from the spirit world delivered through radio static. book review/spontaneous psi/evp

Dodds, Professor E. R. SUPERNORMAL PHENOMENA IN CLASSICAL ANTIQUITY, reviewed by J. H. Crehan, Journal 46, 1971, pp. 247-8. Collection of evidence from classical antiquity about telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and trance states. book review/spontanous psi

Wilson, Colin. THE OCCULT, reviewed by Rosalind Heywood, Journal 46, 1972, pp. 41-2. A novelist surveys the paranormal. book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi

Schwartz, Berthold Eric. PARENT-CHILD TELEPATHY, reviewed by Renée Haynes, Journal 46, 1972, pp. 43-5. An American psychiatrist describes incidences of telepathic awareness in his family. book review/spontaneous psi/telepathy

Heywood, Rosalind. THE SIXTH SENSE, reviewed by Alan Gauld, Journal 46, 1972, p. 45. New edition, with appendix. book review/spontaneous psi

Koestler, Arthur. THE ROOTS OF COINCIDENCE, reviewed by J. L. Randall, Journal 46, 1972, pp. 91-3. Study of parapsychology, by a novelist recently converted to a belief in the reality of psi. CORRESPONDENCE, 2nd section, pp. 216-8. book review/spontaneous psi/coincidences

Basak, Jacob. JUDAISM AND PSYCHICAL PHENOMENA, reviewed by John Macdonald, Journal 46, 1972, pp. 210-12. Study of ESP in Biblical, Talmudic and Rabbinical literature. book review/spontaneous psi/beliefs

Browning, Norma Lee. THE PSYCHIC WORLD OF PETER HURKOS, reviewed by Renée Haynes, Journal 46, 1972, pp. 213-4. A journalist investigates the claims of Hurkos to psychism and becomes convinced his powers are genuine. book review/volitional psi

Priestley, J. B. OVER THE LONG HIGH WALL: SOME REFLECTIONS AND SPECULATIONS ON LIFE, DEATH AND TIME, reviewed by Michael Perry, Journal 47, 1973, pp. 53-5.The novelist bases his discussion of precognition on letters received from the public as a result of an appeal on television. book review/spontaneous psi/precognition/survival

Greenhouse, Herbert B. PREMONITIONS: A LEAP INTO THE FUTURE, reviewed by Andrew MacKenzie, Journal 47, 1973, pp. 58-9. Popular account of precognition, mainly anecdotal. book review/spontaneous psi/precognition

Harwood, H. THE CONQUEST OF TIME, reviewed by Mostyn Gilbert, Journal 47, 1973, p. 120. Recounts the author’s experiences with the dreaming of winners of horse-races. book review/spontaneous psi/precognition/dreams

Burton, Maurice. THE SIXTH SENSE OF ANIMALS, reviewed by J. L. Randall, Journal 47, 1973, pp. 194-6. Study of the faculties of animals, with no reference to psychical senses, despite the title. book review/spontaneous psi/animal psi

Rogo, D. Scott. NAD: A psychic study of the ‘music of the spheres’. Vol II, reviewed by Rosalind Heywood, Journal 47, 1973, pp. 201-3. Second volume on the experience of hearing paranormal music, with 58 cases drawn from psychical Journals, books and historical sources. book review/spontaneous psi

Anon. PSYCHICS; IN-DEPTH INTERVIEWS FROM PSYCHIC MAGAZINE, reviewed by Andrew MacKenzie, Journal 47, 1974, pp. 387-8. Interviews with sensitives, including Arthur Ford, Eileen Garret and Peter Hurkos. book review/volitional psi

Vaughan, Alan. PATTERNS OF PROPHECY, reviewed by Frank Spedding, Journal 47, 1974, pp. 459-60. Personal account of prophecies in dreams. book review/spontaneous psi/precognition/dreams

Puharich, Andrija. URI, reviewed by Andrew MacKenzie, Journal 47, 1974, pp.512-5. Describes investigations into the feats of the Israeli metal bender. book review/volitional psi

Branston, Brian. BEYOND BELIEF, reviewed by Andrew MacKenzie, Journal 48, 1975, pp. 51-2. A broadcaster describes paranormal cases in which he was involved. CORRESPONDENCE, pp. 185-6. book review/spontaneous psi

Brown, Raymond Lamont. A CASEBOOK OF MILITARY MYSTERY, reviewed by Andrew MacKenzie, Journal 48, 1975, pp. 52-3. Paranormal experiences in the services. book review/spontaneous psi

MacKenzie, Andrew. THE RIDDLE OF THE FUTURE: A MODERN STUDY OF PRECOGNITION, reviewed by John Beloff, Journal 48, 1975, pp. 99-101. ‘Students of spontaneous ESP can hardly do better today than to collect the successive volumes that have come from the pen of the indefatigable Andrew MacKenzie since his The Unexplained came out in 1966. They can count each time upon a varied and interesting selection of case material, a straightforward presentation of the relevant facts that avoids the common temptation to dramatise and embellish, a cool appraisal of the evidence and adequate discussion of alternative normal counter-explanations and, not least important, proper references to the original sources from which the material has been complied. The present volume which deals with spontaneous precognitions exemplifies once again all these many virtues...’ book review/spontaneous psi/precognition

Nestler, Dr Vincenzo. DR VINCENZO NESTLER: LA TELEPATIA, reviewed by Emilio Servadio, Journal 48, 1975, pp. 109-12. Italian study of psi phenomena: ‘a book which to the knowledge of this reviewer seems to be the best monograph on telepathy nowadays available.’ book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi/telepathy

Mylius, Christine. TRAUMJOURNAL- EXPERIMENT MIT DER ZUKUNFT, IN DREAM JOURNAL- EXPERIMENT WITH THE FUTURE, reviewed by Frank Spedding, Journal 48, 1975, pp. 171-2. A German stage and film personality describes a series of dreams with a strongly precognitive content. book review/spontaneous psi/dreams/precognition

Garotti, Tullia. ESPERIENZE NELL’ INFINITO, reviewed by Pamela M. Huby, Journal 48, 1975, pp. 173-4. The author ‘claims to have had the whole gamut of psychical experiences, from simple precognitive dreams to the acquisition of the ‘third eye’. book review/spontaneous psi

Playfair, Guy. THE FLYING COW: RESEARCH INTO PARANORMAL PHENOMENA IN THE WORLD’S MOST PSYCHIC COUNTRY, reviewed by Andrew MacKenzie, Journal 48, 1975, pp. 174-5. Study of the paranormal in Brazil. The review focuses on the author’s discussion of psychic healing, of which he himself claims to have been a beneficiary. book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi/healing

Smith, Susy. THE POWER OF THE MIND, reviewed by Andrew MacKenzie, Journal 48, 1976, p. 281. Popular approach to ESP, with some useful material, but characterised by the reviewer as undiscriminating. book review/spontaneous psi

Watson, Lyall. GIFTS OF UNKNOWN THINGS, reviewed by Rosalind Heywood, Journal 48, 1976, pp. 407-8. Account of the author’s sojourn on an unnamed Indonesian island and of instances of psi among the inhabitants. book review/spontaneous psi

Lethbridge, T.C. THE POWER OF THE PENDULUM, reviewed by David Christie-Murray, Journal 48, 1976, pp. 408-10. Posthumously published study of the divining powers of the pendulum. book review/volitional psi/dowsing

Graves, Tom. DOWSING: TECHNIQUES AND APPLICATIONS, reviewed by David Christie-Murray, Journal 48, 1976, pp. 408-10. Popular introduction to the practicalities of dowsing. book review/volitional psi/dowsing

Panati, Charles. THE GELLER PAPERS, SCIENTIFIC OBSERVATIONS ON THE PARANORMAL POWERS OF URI GELLER, reviewed by Anita Gregory, Journal 49, 1978, pp. 537-40. Collection of views on the metal-bending phenomenon: theoretical reflections, magicians’ opinions (all favourable to Geller), the use of Nitinol, dematerialisation experiments, metal-bending children, etc. CORRESPONDENCE, Journal 49, 1977, p. 677. book review/volitional psi/magic

Tart, Charles T. LEARNING TO USE EXTRA-SENSORY PERCEPTION, reviewed by Sue Blackmore, Journal 49, 1978, pp. 546-8. ‘In a clear and readable style Tart tackles the important question of whether ESP can be trained’. CORRESPONDENCE, Journal 55, 1988, pp. 107. book review/volitional psi

Burton, Robert. THE LANGUAGE OF SMELL, reviewed by Andrew MacKenzie, Journal 49, 1978, pp. 548-50. Argues that animal abilities sometimes attributed to a ‘sixth sense’, such as the homing of birds, are actually attributable to acute senses. book review/animal psi/theory

Rogo, Scott D. THE HAUNTED UNIVERSE, reviewed by John Beloff, Journal 49, 1978, pp. 662-5. Colourful paperback on ufos and religious miracles, lacking scholarly seriousness, but according to the reviewer a stimulating discussion by an important writer. book review/spontaneous psi/beliefs

Manning, Matthew. IN THE MINDS OF MILLIONS, reviewed by Anita Gregory, Journal 49, 1978, p. 665. A young psychic reflects on his encounters with ecclesiastics, TV personalities, and academics. book review/volitional psi/beliefs

Hitching, Francis. PENDULUM: THE PSI CONNECTION, reviewed by David Christie-Murray, Journal 49, 1978, pp. 668-70. Study of dowsing. ‘This is a first-class book. Its 239 pages of text contain as nice a balance as one could hope for of history, fact, experiment, instruction (for beginners) and theory’. book review/volitional psi/dowsing

Gattey, Charles Neilson. THEY SAW TOMORROW: SEERS AND SORCERERS FROM DELPHI TILL TODAY, reviewed by Andrew MacKenzie, Journal 49, 1978, pp. 756-7. ‘.. .well written book by a biographer and playwright on some of the more colourful characters who have been celebrated seers or fortune-tellers...’ book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi/precognition

Callahan, Philip S. TURNING IN TO NATURE: SOLAR ENERGY, INFRARED RADIATION, AND THE INSECT COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, reviewed by John L. Randall, Journal 49, 1978, pp. 757-8. Argues that moths emit infra-red radiation that enables them to communicate via their antennae. book review/animal psi

Wellman, J. Dover. A PRIEST’S PSYCHIC DIARY, reviewed by Leslie Price, Journal 49, 1978, pp. 761-2. ‘...skilfully edited collection of psychic experiences, mainly ESP, spirit communication and healing (including exorcism) in the life of a Church of England minister.’ book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi/beliefs

Forman, Joan. THE MASK OF TIME, reviewed by Andrew MacKenzie, Journal 49, 1978, pp. 956-8. Study of precognition, with many examples of retrocognition and phantom scenery, apparitional encounters, and theoretical reflections. book review/spontaneous psi/precognition/retrocognition

Stuckert, Frank H. AUGUST 1999, reviewed by Andrew MacKenzie, Journal 49, 1978, pp. 956-8. Collection of evidence that the author claims prophesies a nuclear holocaust before the end of the twentieth century. book review/spontaneous psi/precognition

Goodman, Jeffrey. PSYCHIC ARCHAEOLOGY, reviewed by H.J.M. Green, Journal 49, 1978, pp. 961-2. Claims to have discovered a Palaeolithic site in Arizona by psychic means. book review/volitional psi/clairvoyance

Weaver, Herbert. DIVINING, THE PRIMARY SENSE, reviewed by David Christie-Murray, Journal 49, 1978, pp. 963-4. Experiments with a sophisticated divining instrument which lead the author to conclude that ‘the faculty of divining is due to unconscious sensitive to electromagnetic fields, a survival of man’s ‘most ancient by discarded endowment on the sensorial ability to detect distant elements and chemicals’. book review/volitional psi/dowsing

Wilson, Colin. MYSTERIES, reviewed by Andrew MacKenzie, Journal 50, 1979, pp. 123-5. Popularisation of psychical research. book review/spontaneous psi

Hitching, Francis. THE WORLD ATLAS OF MYSTERIES, reviewed by Andrew MacKenzie, Journal 50, 1979, pp. 123-5. Survey of paranormal incidents. book review/spontaneous psi

Anon. TOMORROW’S CHILDREN TODAY, reviewed by Julian Isaacs, Journal 50, 1980, pp. 305-7. Description of metal-bending feats by children in 12 English families during 1976-7. book review/volitional psi/psychokinesis

McClure, Kevin and Sue. STARS AND RUMOURS OF STARS, reviewed by David Christie-Murray, Journal 50, 1980, pp. 412-3. Summarises the history of the Welsh Revival of 1904-5 and its associated phenomena of bright lights. book review/spontaneous psi/beliefs

Bond, Frederick Bligh. THE GATE OF REMEMBRANCE, reviewed by David Christie-Murray, Journal 50, 1980, p. 414. Reissue of a book describing the search for a chapel at Glastonbury Abbey aided by automatic scripts. book review/spontaneous psi/automatic writing

Lamont, Stewart. IS ANYBODY THERE? A PERSONAL INVESTIGATION INTO PSYCHIC PHENOMENA, reviewed by Brian Inglis, Journal 50, 1980, p. 544. Series of six programmes including filmed sessions of metal bending. book review/volitional psi/psi

Walley, Ralph. [PROPHECIES UNFULFULLED], Journal 50, 1980, p. 551. Points out that attempts at precognition made during a recent lecture have not been proved true. book review/spontaneous psi/precognition

Vogt, Evon Z. and Hyman, Ray. WATER WITCHING USA, reviewed by David Christie-Murray, Journal 51, 1981, pp. 28-9. Sceptical treatment of dowsing, with reference to other psychic phenomena. book review/volitional psi/dowsing

Underwood, Peter. THE COMPLETE BOOK OF DOWSING AND DIVINING, reviewed by David Christie-Murray, Journal 51, 1981, pp. 31-2. Survey of dowsing by rod and pendulum: history, theories, applications, map dowsing. book review/volitional psi/dowsing

Houghton-Brown, Geoffrey. BRITISH HISTORY ACCORDING TO THE ORACLE OF NOSTRADAMUS 1549-1945, reviewed by Archie E. Roy, Journal 51, 1981, pp. 104-5. Attempts to interpret the next 20 years in the light of the seer’s prophecies. book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi/precognition

Eberhart, George M. (compiled). A GEO-BIBLIOGRAPHY OF ANOMALIES. PRIMARY ACCESS TO OBSERVATIONS OF UFOs, GHOSTS AND OTHER MYSTERIOUS PHENOMENA, reviewed by Michael Goss, Journal 51, 1981, pp. 106-7. ‘This is the world of UFOs, spontaneous human combustion, falls offish and periwinkles and a host of controversial archaeological, meteorological and zoological oddities...’. book review/psi/beliefs/spontaneous psi

Roberts, Anthony & Gilbertson, Geoff. THE DARK GODS, reviewed by Leslie Price, Journal 51, 1981, p. 107. ‘The authors find the Dark Gods (malignant non-corporeal entities) disguised as UFOs, spirit guides, theosophical mahatmas, villains of science fiction films, and apparitions of Mary...’. book review/spontaneous psi

Hasted, John. THE METAL-BENDERS, reviewed by W. Byers Brown, Journal 51, 1981, pp. 154-6. The author pioneered the scientific investigation of the paranormal metal-bending phenomena, having met Uri Geller seven years previously. The first part of the book describes his work with Geller and teenage children who claimed to be able to bend spoons and metal. The second part deals in less detail with a wide variety of other paranormal phenomena, ending with chapters on physics, quantum theory, and speculations based on the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. book review/volitional psi/psi/psychokinesis/theory

Rhine, Louisa E.. THE INVISIBLE PICTURE: A STUDY OF PSYCHIC EXPERIENCE, reviewed by Alan Gauld, Journal 51, 1981, pp. 160-62. Large collection of accounts of spontaneous experiences in America gathered by the Duke University Parapsychology Laboratory. book review/spontaneous psi

Sheaffer, Robert. THE UFO VERDICT: EXAMINING THE EVIDENCE, reviewed by John Cutten, Journal 51, 1981, pp. 171-3. Sceptical study of ufology. book review/beliefs/spontaneous psi

Frazier, Kendrick (ed). PARANORMAL BORDERLANDS OF SCIENCE, reviewed by Denys Parsons, Journal 51, 1981, pp. 173-4. Articles by sceptics on various subjects, reprinted from the magazine Skeptical Enquirer. book review/spontaneous psi

Marks, David & Kammann, Richard. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THE PSYCHIC, reviewed by Eric Farge, Journal 51, 1981, pp. 174-6. Debunking of psychism that omits much of the best evidence. book review/volitional psi/beliefs/theory/methodology

Rickard, Robert & Rickard, Kelly. PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE UNKNOWN, reviewed by Melvin Harris, Journal 51, 1981, pp. 176-7. Photographs relating to psychical incidents, but lacking an objective commentary. book review/spontaneous psi/photography

Uphoff, Walter & Uphoff, Mary Jo. MIND OVER MATTER: IMPLICATIONS OF MASUAKI KIYOTA’S PK FEATS WITH METAL AND FILM, reviewed by J. L. Randall, Journal 51, 1982, pp. 253-4. Describes the alleged PK abilities of two Japanese youths, with brief references to other psychics such as Croiset, Manning and Geller. book review/volitional psi/psychokinesis

McKee, Alexander. INTO THE BLUE: GREAT MYSTERIES OF AVIATION, reviewed by Andrew MacKenzie, Journal 51, 1982, pp. 256-7. Describes psychical episodes relating to aviation. book review/spontaneous psi

Dunne, J. W. AN EXPERIMENT WITH TIME, reviewed by Andrew MacKenzie, Journal 51, 1982, p. 257. Paperback edition of the classic study of precognition in dreams. book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi/precognition/theory

Zohar, Danah. THROUGH THE TIME BARRIER, reviewed by Bob Brier, Journal 52, 1983, pp. 200-203. (Published in association with the SPR). Study of precognition in three parts: myths and legends, and contemporary experimental work; summaries of research on animal precognition and psychological studies of precognition, and Jung’s theory of synchronicity; speculations regarding precognition and modern physics. book review/spontaneous psi/precognition/theory

Schwarz, Berthold E. UFO-DYNAMICS. PSYCHIATRIC AND PSYCHIC ASPECTS OF THE UFO SYNDROME, reviewed by I. Grattan-Guinness, Journal 52, 1983, pp. 217-8. Discusses the links between ufology and psychical research, with reference to coincidences, poltergeists, telekinesis, etc. book review/spontaneous psi/beliefs

Randies, Jenny. UFO REALITY: A CRITICAL LOOK AT THE PHYSICAL EVIDENCE, reviewed by D. Scott Rogo, Journal 52, 1984, pp. 321-5. Ufology analysis based on the supposition that the phenomena is linked to the mind and therefore a suitable topic for parapsychology. ‘.. .a treasure-chest full of exciting cases, judicious analysis, provocative conjectures, and hard-core data. book review/spontaneous psi/beliefs

Permutt, Cyril. BEYOND THE SPECTRUM: A SURVEY OF SUPERNORMAL PHOTOGRAPHY, Journal 52, 1984, pp. 325-7. ‘This is a well written and informative book ... bringing together a the wide variety of early to present day "spirit, psychic and supernatural" photographs which illustrate the book. Included in this survey are examples of aura, holographic, infra-red, Kirlian, nenographic, orgone energy, polaroid, radionic, skotagraphic, stereoscopic, thermographie, thoughtographic and ultra-violet photographs from world-wide sources. The range of "psychic" subjects ... includes hauntings, healing, metal-bending, PK, poltergeist activity and telepathy’. book review/spontaneous psi/photography

Donaldson, Margaret. GHOSTS AND OTHER MYSTERIES, reviewed by E. Spinelli, Journal 53, 1985, pp. 50-51. A book on the paranormal intended for primary schoolchildren is tried by 7-10 year olds and found wanting, although they liked the photographs. book review/spontaneous psi

Rogo, D. Scott. MIRACLES: A PARASCIENTIFIC INQUIRY INTO WONDROUS PHENOMENA, reviewed by Carlos S. Alvarado, Journal 53, 1985, pp. 183-7. Covers a variety of phenomena under the headings of miraculous talents (ie. levitation, stigmata and bilocation), miraculous events (religious images appearing on divers surfaces, bleeding and weeping statues), and miraculous intervention (Marian apparitions and healing). Welcomed for drawing attention to topics normally ignored by parapsychologists, but criticised for reaching conclusions on insufficient evidence. book review/spontaneos psi/beliefs

Berendt, H.C. SPRUNG UBER DIE ZEIT [A LEAP ACROSS TIME], reviewed by Manfred Cassirer, Journal 53, 1985, pp. 193-4. Study of precognition by a German-born Israeli, discussing the nature of time and drawing on historical and recent reports. book review/spontaneous psi/precognition

Underwood, Peter. QUEEN VICTORIA’S OTHER WORLD, reviewed by Renée Haynes, Journal 55, 1988, pp. 37-8. Study of Queen Victoria’s interest in the occult. book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi

Bardens, Dennis. PSYCHIC ANIMALS: AN INVESTIGATION OF THEIR SECRET POWERS, Journal 55, 1988, pp. 38-9. Popular look at psi in animals. book review/spontaneous psi/animal psi

White, Rhea A. ON BEING PSYCHIC: A READING GUIDE, reviewed by Robert L. Morris, Journal 55, 1988, pp. 160-62. Bibliography: psychic experiences in every day life; individual experients, healers, mediums, psychics and subjects; the psychology of being psychic; training techniques for enhancing imagery; etc. book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi

White, Rhea A. PARAPSYCHOLOGY FOR PARENTS: A BIBLIOGRAPHIC GUIDE, reviewed by Robert L. Morris, Journal 55, 1988, pp. 160-62. Publications (239) aimed both at parents whose children have had psychic or other unusual experiences and at older children interested in learning more for themselves. book review/spontaneous psi

Haraldsson, Erlendur. MIRACLES ARE MY VISITING CARDS, reviewed by Ian Stevenson, Journal 55, 1988, pp. 225-7. Sympathetic study of the Indian holy man by the parapsychologist who met him on several occasions and witnessed his ‘miracles’ first hand. Although Sai Baba declined to be tested, Stevenson praises the author’s scientific approach to the subject. book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi/psychokinesis

Couttie, Bob. FORBIDDEN KNOWLEDGE, reviewed by D. Scott Rogo, Journal 55, 1988, pp. 324-6. Debunking by a professional magician, praised by the reviewer as unusually shrewd and well-informed. CORRESPONDENCE, Journal 55, 1989, pp. 374-5. book review/volitional psi/magic/cheating

Wilson, Ian. THE BLEEDING MIND: AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE MYSTERIOUS PHENOMENA OF STIGMATA, reviewed by Ian Stevenson, Journal 56, 1989, pp. 55-6. Study of religious stigmatism, praised by the reviewer as wide ranging and accurate. book review/spontaneous psi/stigmata

Spencer, John & Evans, Hilary, (eds.) PHENOMENON: FROM FLYING SAUCERS TO UFOs - FORTY YEARS OF FACTS AND RESEARCH, reviewed by Manfred Cassirer, Journal 55, 1989, pp. 296-7. Collection of essay that ‘should dispel the notion that all UFOs are spaceships from other planets and therefore of no interest to psychical research’. book review/spontaneous psi/beliefs

Meaden, George Terence. THE CIRCLES EFFECT AND ITS MYSTERIES, reviewed by Ralph Noyes, Journal 56, 1990, pp. 235-7. Makes a ‘direct, sustained and scientifically-based assault on the complex of problems which the circles present.’ Proposes an explanation in terms of atmospheric physics. book review/spontaneous psi/crop circles

Delgado, P. & Andrews, Colin. CIRCULAR EVIDENCE, reviewed by Ralph Noyes, Journal 56, 1990, pp. 235-7. Well-illustrated account of crop circles including good accounts of the many different kinds of’swirling and texturing’. Tor these reasons alone it is an indispensable field-guide for any serious circles-watcher.’ Includes reports of oddities that the authors claim to have experienced during investigations: luminous and audible phenomena, equipment malfunctioning, poltergeist-type intrusions, etc. book review/spontaneous psi/crop circles

Randies, Jenny & Fuller, Paul. CONTROVERSY OF THE CIRCLES, reviewed by Ralph Noyes, Journal 56, 1990, pp. 235-7. Sceptical examination, repudiating suggestions that the circles are signs of extraterrestrial visitations. book review/spontaneous psi/crop circles

Webster, Ken. THE VERTICAL PLANE, reviewed by Rosemary Dinnage, Journal 56, 1990, pp. 242-3. Entertaining novel, seemingly drawing on the Raudive voices, Serios’s ‘thoughtographs’ and Matthew Manning’s seventeenth century communicator. book review/evp/spontaneous psi

Spencer, John. PERSPECTIVES: A RADICAL EXAMINATION OF THE ALIEN ABDUCTION PHENOMENON, reviewed by Manfred Cassirer, Journal 56, 1990, pp. 245-6. Critical reading, offering an alternative to the literal explanation which is compared by the reviewer to the fictional Flatland analogy, that we are unable to perceive the full complexities of the Universe. book review/spontaneous psi/beliefs

Gattey, Charles Neilson. PROPHECY AND PREDICTION IN THE 20TH CENTURY, reviewed by Andrew MacKenzie, Journal 56, 1990, pp. 305-6. Contains many examples of predictions compiled from many sources, not all of them acknowledged. book review/spontaneous psi/precognition

Roy, Archie E. A SENSE OF SOMETHING STRANGE, reviewed by Andrew MacKenzie, Journal 58, 1991, pp. 45-7. Describes paranormal events that the author has studied either in the literature of the subject or personally. book review/spontaneous psi

Spencer, John. UFOs: THE DEFINITIVE CASEBOOK, reviewed by Manfred Cassirer, Journal 58, 1991, p. 112. Illustrated large-format book covering the best attested cases of sightings, abductions and close encounters. book review/spontaneous psi/beliefs

Underwood, Peter. EXORCISM!, reviewed by Michael Perry, Journal 57, 1991, pp. 369-70. Pot-pourri of historical snippets, anecdotes and reminiscences on the subject of stopping unwanted psychic disturbances. Of popular rather than specialist interest. book review/spontaneous psi

Lyons, Arthur & Truzzi, Marcello. THE BLUE SENSE, reviewed by Colin Wilson, Journal 58, 1991, pp. 104-6. Reviews the evidence for psychic detection, with a number of case studies. Also interesting for the non-committal stance of the authors, which the reviewer criticises as curious given the inclusion of many convincing episodes, and illustrative of the wider problem faced by writers on parapsychological subjects. book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi/clairvoyance

Rogo, D. Scott. MIRACLES: A SCIENTIFIC EXPLORATION OF WONDROUS PHENOMENA, reviewed by Hilary Evans, Journal 58, 1991, pp. 109-11. Sympathetic study of religious miracles by the American parapsychologist. book review/spontaneous psi/beliefs

Eisenbud, Jule. THE WORLD OF TED SERIOS: ‘THOUGHTOGRAPHIC’ STUDIES OF AN EXTRAORDINARY MIND, reviewed by Vernon Harrison, Journal 57, 1991, pp. 372-4. Revised account of the Serios phenomenon, in which a gifted individual appeared able to imprint mind pictures on polaroid film. book review/volitional psi/photography

Noyes, Ralph, ed. THE CROP CIRCLE ENGMA, reviewed by Manfred Cassirer, Journal 57, 1991, pp. 433-4. Well-illustrated survey, with contributions from adherents of rival explanations. book review/spontaneous psi/crop circles

Randi, James. JAMES RANDI: PSYCHIC INVESTIGATOR, reviewed by Tom Ruffles, Journal 58, 1992, pp. 215-6. Wide-ranging illustrated review of paranormal phenomena by the well-known debunker, a tie-in with his Granada television series. Described here as ‘an insubstantial pot-boiler’. book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi

Clarke, Arthur C. CHILDHOOD’S END, reviewed by César J. Tort, Journal 58, 1992, pp. 216-7. Reissue of an early work by the science fiction writer, written many years before the development of his ‘almost total’ scepticism and presenting an optimistic vision of the use of psi by future generations. book review/volitional psi

Gardner, Martin. THE NEW AGE: NOTES OF A FRINGE WATCHER, reviewed by César J. Tort, Journal 58, 1992, pp. 350-51. Collected articles of a leading sceptic. book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi

Eberlein, Gerald L. (ed). SCHULWISSENSdCHAFT, PARAWISSENSCHAFT, PSEUDOWISSENSCHAFT, reviewed by Manfred Cassirer, Journal 58, 1992, p. 400. Aims to provide a ‘constructive dialogue’ about homeopathy, earth rays, astrology, and parapsychology, dealing with the latter only briefly. book review/spontaneous psi

Cornwell, John. POWERS OF DARKNESS, POWERS OF LIGHT, reviewed by R.A. Gilbert, Journal 59, 1993, pp. 61-4. A personal journey in search of religious miracles, from Medjugordje to Padre Pio. book review/spontaneous psi/beliefs

Krauss, Rolf H. JENSEITS VON LICHT UND SCHATTEN: DIE ROLLE DER PHOTOGRAPHIE BEI BESTIMMTEN PARANORMALEN PHANOMENEN - EIN HISTORISCHER ABRISS [BEYOND LIGHT AND SHADE: THE ROLE OF PHOTOGRAPHY IN CERTAIN PARANORMAL PHENOMENA - A HISTORICAL REVIEW, reviewed by Jule Eisenbud, Journal 59, 1993, pp. 64-5. A detailed historical overview of paranormal photography. book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi/photography

Baker, Robert A. HIDDEN MEMORIES: VOICES AND VISIONS FROM WITHIN, reviewed by Alan Gauld, Journal 59, 1993, pp. 66-9. Debunking of New Age and occult fads as well as some subjects of interest to parapsychology such as OBEs and mediums. book review/spontaneous psi

Randies, J. & Hough, Peter. SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION, reviewed by Manfred Cassirer, Journal 59, 1993, pp. 71-2. Only the second book in English on the subject, with data and theorising. ‘Readable and well-researched...’. book review/spontaneous psi/beliefs/electromagnetisni

Baker, Robert A. & Nickell, Joe. MISSING PIECES: HOW TO INVESTIGATE GHOSTS, UFOS, PSYCHICS AND OTHER MYSTERIES, Tom Ruffles, Journal 59, 1993, pp. 225-6. Debunking sceptics provide tips to investigators of paranormal claims, and offer an overview of allegedly paranormal unsolved mysteries. book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi

Iverson, Jeffrey. IN SEARCH OF THE DEAD, reviewed by Michael Coleman, Journal 59, 1993, pp. 229-30. Popular introduction to psychical topics, from remote viewing and dream research to near-death experiences, apparitions and mediums. Based on a TV series. book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi

Schnabel, Jim. DARK WHITE: ALIENS, ABDUCTIONS AND THE UFO OBSESSION, reviewed by Hilary Evans, Journal 60, 1994, pp. 56-7. Attempts to expose leading writers on the phenomenon of alien abduction as naïve and ignorant of the extent of the human propensity to fantasise. book review/altered states/spontaneous psi/hallucinations

Trendall, Lance G. DEAD HAPPY, reviewed by M.H. Coleman, Journal 60, 1994, p. 118. Describes spirit ‘rescue’ work conducted by the author, with brief accounts of spiritual healing and pendulum dowsing. book review/volitional psi/healing/dowsing

Enright, D.J. THE OXFORD BOOK OF THE SUPERNATURAL, reviewed by Colin Wilson, Journal 60, 1995, pp. 178-9. Wide-ranging anecdotal anthology of paranormal phenomena, including apparitions, magic, witchcraft, vampirism, werewolves, fairies, devils, angels, spontaneous combustion, precognition, etc, etc. book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi/beliefs

Nickell, Joe, ed. PSYCHIC SLEUTHS: ESP AND SENSATIONAL CASES, reviewed by Brian Davies, Journal 60, 1995, pp. 282-5. Members of an investigative ‘task force’, including magicians, private detectives, paranormal investigators and writers of pseudo-science, each contribute to an in-depth sceptical look at the phenomenon of psychic detection. book review/volitional psi/clairvoyance

Royne, Torstein, T. LODVAR KAARSTAD, reviewed by Kirsten Pauss, Journal 60, 1995, pp. 332-3. Documentary collection of evidence concerning the feats of a Norwegian clairvoyant. book review/volitional psi/clairvoyance

Picknett, Lynn & Prince, Clive. TURIN SHROUD: IN WHOSE IMAGE? reviewed by Vernon Harrison, Journal 60, 1995, pp. 333-7. Claims that the Turin Shroud is not the burial sheet of Jesus of Nazareth but a forgery, commissioned by Pope Innocent VIII and made by Leonardo da Vinci in 1492. Contested by the reviewer. CORRESPONDENCE, Journal 61, 1996, pp. 185-7. book review/spontaneous psi/beliefs

Spencer, John & Spencer, Anne. SPIRIT WITHIN HER: THE STORY OF HEATHER WOODS AND THE STIGMATA, reviewed by Manfred Cassirer, Journal 60, 1995, pp. 342-3. The story of a stigmatic, which ended in her tragic death, told by witnesses of the phenomenon’s final stages. book review/spontaneous psi/stigmata

Reddich, V.C. THE D-FORCE: A REMARKABLE PHENOMENON, reviewed by Richard Wiseman, Journal 61, 1996, pp. 54-5. Concludes from experiments that dowsing rods pick up wave-like forces. The reviewer doubts the claims, pointing out flaws in the experimental methods. book review/volitional psi/dowsing

Harpur, Patrick. DAEMONIC REALITY: A FIELD GUIDE TO THE OTHERWORLD, reviewed by Jan Kappers, Journal 61, 1996, pp. 58-61. An artistic, Jungian-inspired investigation of the ‘daimonic’ reality behind the anomalous episodes dismissed by science as delusional, such as UFOs, angels, crop circles, etc. book review/beliefs/spontaneous psi/crop circles

Hoggart, Simon & Hutchinson, Mike. BIZARRE BELIEFS, reviewed by Richard Wiseman, Journal 61, 1996, p. 125. Illustrated ‘coffee-table’ book presenting paranormal topics in a sceptical light. CORRESPONDENCE, Journal 61, 1996, p. 191, pp. 282-4; Journal 61, 1997, p. 410; Journal 62, 1998, pp. 377-9; Journal 63, 1998, p. 61. book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi/beliefs

Scammel, S. DOWSING: AN OUTLINE OF PRESENT KNOWLEDGE, reviewed by Montague Keen, Journal 61, 1996, pp. 164-8. Personal record by a land agent of dowsing experiences. The lengthy review includes discussion of earlier specialists Hans-Dieter Betz and T.C.Lethbridge. book review/volitional psi/dowsing

Spencer, John & Spencer, Anne. THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST UNSOLVED MYSTERIES, reviewed by Manfred Cassirer, Journal 61, 1996, pp. 180-81. ‘Well-researched and readable survey...’ book review/spontaneous psi

Coombs, Allan & Holland, Mark. SYNCHRONICITY: SCIENCE, MYTH AND THE TRICKSTER, reviewed by I. Grattan-Guinness, Journal 61, 1996, pp. 168. An introduction for newcomers to some of the scientific aspects of synchronicity and its consideration by Jung, Bohm, Sheldrake and others, but with little critical analysis or original material. book review/coincidences/spontaneous psi

Cassirer, Manfred. DIMENSIONS OF ENCHANTMENT, reviewed by Hilary Evans, Journal 61, 1996, pp. 183-4. Well-informed study of alien abduction, with much case material. The reader will be impressed by the richness and diversity of the abduction myth, even if he or she remains sceptical as to whether the abduction claims possess any but subjective value...’ CORRESPONDENCE, Journal 61, 1996-7, p. 284. book review/spontaneous psi/beliefs/altered states

Randi, James. THE SUPERNATURAL A-Z: THE TRUTH AND THE LIES, reviewed by Susan Blackmore, Journal 61, 1996, pp. 270-72. Wide-ranging overview by a prominent stage magician and paranormal debunker. Found to be factually unreliable. book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi/magic/cheating

Heymer, John E. THE ENTRANCING FLAME: THE FACTS OF SPONTANEOUS HUMAN COMBUSTION, reviewed by Peter H. Plesch, Journal 62, 1997, pp. 74-8. This book by a very experienced former scene-of-crime detective is a useful work, persuasive by its thoroughness and impressive by the critical common sense of the author’. book review/spontaneous psi/beliefs/electromagnetism

Korff, Kal K. SPACESHIPS OF THE PLEIADES: THE BILLY MEIER STORY, reviewed by Hilary Evans, Journal 62, 1997, pp. 83-4. Attempts to expose as fakes the photographs of Billy Meier, supposedly of extra-terrestrial spaceships. ‘Certainly the most thorough treatment this intriguing case has received so far’. book review/spontaneous psi/photography/cheating

Kraus, Rolf H. BEYOND LIGHT AND SHADOW, reviewed by Hilary Evans, Journal 62, 1997, pp. 276-9. Chronicle of photography in the paranormal, such as photographs claimed to be of the deceased taken during séances. The author, a historian of photography, focuses on the technical aspects and maintains a neutral stance. ‘It is both an illuminating survey of the subject and a valuable reference source’. book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi/photography

Aguilar, Ramon de. LAS CASAS QUE SE INCENDIAN SOLAS: PSICOPIROSIS EN PANAMA, reviewed by Guy Lyon Playfair, Journal 61, 1997, pp. 340-43. A Panamanian psychiatrist and university professor documents four Latin American episodes, in which he was personally involved. Urges the acceptance of’psi-neurosis’, in which ‘discharge reactions’ take place through psi, a view which the reviewer finds usefully descriptive but a poor explanation, although he welcomes the contribution as a whole. book review/spontaneous psi

Margolis, Jonathan. URI GELLER: MAGICIAN OR MYSTIC?, reviewed by Tony Utting, Journal 63, 1999, pp. 234-6. Sympathetic biography of the Israeli metal-bender. book review/volitional psi

Playfair, Guy Lyon. MIND FORCE, reviewed by Peter Hallson, Journal 64, 2000, p. 53. Potted introduction to psychic phenomena, sponsored by Tesco: telepathy between twins, table-turning, paranormal photography, physical mediumship, ectoplasm, etc. book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi

Sheldrake, Rupert. DOGS THAT KNOW WHEN THEIR OWNERS ARE COMING HOME and OTHER UNEXPLAINED POWERS OF ANIMALS, reviewed by John L. Randall, Journal 64, 2000, pp. 122-4. Describes psi experiments with animals, from the German horse ‘Clever Hans’, circus dogs, work by René Peoch (some reported in the Journal), to the author’s own experiments with a mongrel dog named Jaytee. Includes some theoretical discussion, including links to the author’s theory of morphic fields. book review/spontaneous psi/animal psi

Landau, Lucian. NORMAL, I SUPPOSE, reviewed by Mary Rose Barrington, Journal 64, 2000, p. 250. Memoir of an industrialist and business with psychic interests and gifts. The book includes several descriptions of paranormal activity - page references are supplied by the reviewer. ‘The title refers to a laconic comment made in his diary, when a rose suddenly levitated from a vase - a very minor event by the household standards.’ book review/spontaneous psi

Cassirer, Manfred. THE HIDDEN POWERS OF NATURE, reviewed by John L. Randall, Journal 66, 2002, pp. 121-2. A long-time member of the SPR describes research projects in which he has been personally involved, including alleged hauntings at Enfield, and other London districts, the Rosenheim poltergeist, cases where animals have reacted to paranormal influences, and the Raudive voices. The book also includes a translation of a German doppelganger episode, a description of experiments with Kulagina and Vonogradova, and of a series of table-tilting experiments. book review/spontaneous psi

Manning, Matthew & Rose, Tessa. ONE FOOT IN THE STARS, reviewed by Guy Lion Playfair, Journal 65, 2001, pp. 146-9. Memoir by a healer who became a celebrity following a sustained outbreak of poltergeist activity as a teenager. ‘There have been many fine books on healing and by healers.. .Matthew Manning has written another, and a most informative, insightful and above all readable one it is.’ NOTE, Journal 65, 2001, p. 280. The stage magician and sceptic James Randi refutes a claim made in the book about him personally. book review/volitional psi/healing

Devereux, Paul. THE ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ANCIENT EARTH MYSTERIES, reviewed by John Poynton, Journal 65, 2001, p. 221. Encyclopedia covering a wide range of phenomena such as crop circles, dowsing, the Dragon Project (investigation of reports of unusual energies associated with sites), geomancy, leys/leylines, and psychic archaeology. ‘This is a beautifully produced and illustrated book by a widely-travelled and well-informed author’. book review/psi/crop circles/spontaneous psi/dowsing/electromagnetism

Plaskett, James. COINCIDENCES, reviewed by I. GRATTAN-GUINNESS, Journal 65, 2001, pp. 221-2. Description of the author’s personal experiences, with a mass of detail that in the opinion of the reviewer tends to somewhat diminish the effect of coincidence. book review/spontaneous psi/coincidences

Devereux, Paul. HAUNTED LAND: INVESTIGATIONS INTO ANCIENT MYSTERIES AND MODERN-DAY PHENOMENA, reviewed by Guy Lyon Playfair, Journal 66, 2002, p. 274.   ‘... a highly readable and informative survey of a world of mind-matter interactions which cannot be dismissed as a mere assemblage of folklore and superstitions, and which has much in common with the new unified world emerging from the discoveries of the quantum theorists’. book review/spontaneous psi/hauntings/theory

Mcconnell, R.A. JOYRIDE TO INFINITY: A SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF THE DOOMSDAY LITERATURE, Journal 65, 2001, p. 280. ‘Despite his gloomy predictions for the future of the world, readers may find interest in the recollections and thoughts of an academic who has devoted himself to parapsychology for so many years.’ book review/spontaneous psi/precognition