Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Historic Ghosts and Ghost Hunters

H. Addington Bruce - Historic Ghosts and Ghost Hunters (1908)

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Kicking off a month of Halloween posts is this collection of somewhat true stories related a bit more to spiritualism than the title suggests.  For instance it opens with the events at Loudun that Aldous Huxley later wrote a novel about while later chapters cover John Dee and Emanuel Swedenborg.  Its approach (narrative, unsourced, all too trusting) is pretty much the same as similar books a century later.  The author was a journalist who found a niche turning out popularized history and psychological books.