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Byways of Ghost-Land

Elliott O'Donnell

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .To quote another instance of this kind of haunting, Professor Schuppart at Gressen, in Upper Hesse, was for six years persecuted by a poltergeist in the most unpleasant manner; stones were sent whizzing through closed rooms in all directions, breaking windows but hurting no one; his books were torn to pieces; the lamp by which he was reading was removed to a distant corner of the room, and his cheeks were slapped, and slapped so incessantly that he could get no sleep.

According to Mrs Crowe, there was a case of a similar nature at Mr Chave's, in Devonshire, in[49] 1910, where affidavits were made before the magistrate attesting the facts, and large rewards offered for discovery; but in vain, the phenomena continued, and the spiritual agent was frequently seen in the form of some strange animal.

There seems to be little limit, short of grievous bodily injury—and even that limit has occasionally been overstepped—to poltergeist hooliganism.. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Intriguing & scary

I was hesitant to read after reading a negative review but I thought the book was well written and intriguing. However a little scary.

While I enjoyed the anecdotes in this book, some of O'Donnell's theories were just insane and even sometimes offensive.