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The Night-Side of Nature

Catherine Crowe

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The stories in Volume 1 centre on dreams, psychic presentiments, traces, wraiths, doppelgängers, apparitions, and imaginings of the after-life. Crowe's vivid tales, written with great energy and imagination, are classic examples of nineteenth-century spiritualist writing and strongly influenced other authors as well as providing inspiration for later adherents of ghost-seeing and psychic culture.

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. . . form, the ill result of the world’s corruption, and the inherited penalty of the vices of our predecessors, whereby the sins of the fathers are visited upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.

There is, as the Scriptures say, but one way to salvation, though there are many to perdition—that is, though there are many wrongs, there is only one right; for truth is one, and our true liberty consists in being free to follow it; for we can not imagine that anybody seeks his own perdition, and nobody, I conceive, loves vice for its own sake, as others love virtue, that is, because it is vice: so that, when they follow its dictates, we must conclude that they are not free, but in bondage, whose ever bond-slave they be, whether of an evil spirit, or of their own organization; and I think every human being, who looks into himself, will feel that he is in effect then only free when he is obeying the dictates of virtue; and that t. . . Read More

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One of the first serious studies of the supernatural written in the English speaking world, written in 1848. As the author emphatically points out, in Germany this phenomena had been taken very seriously by psychologists and scientists for a long time and had come up with much incontrovertible ma...more

This is an absolutely fascinating book for two main reasons. First, it covers a variety of paranormal phenomena. Secondly, it's quite old, being published in 1848. If it weren't for the slightly formal writing style and some slightly different terms used it could be published today as a regular p...more

Modern "ghost hunters" should read this "classic"... and see just how little progress has been made in their field since this work was originally published in 1847. I doubt most modern ghost-seers would use the then-popular theories of ether-filled space and animal magnetism to explain ghostly ra...more

A long ponderous rumination on death and the after life. It is filled with hundreds of reportedly factual supernatural encounter and anecdotes. Slow and repetitive at times but ultimately mind expanding and quite fascinating. This author was later institutionized for mental illness and this windo...more

A bit dry in parts, but really, really thorough.

Great, very eccentric book. Originally published just about the time spirit rapping broke out of Hydesville and became Spiritualism, Ms. Crowe's compendium of marvels was one of the first English language volumes to embrace the idea that the supernatural might merely be nature we don't understand...more

I loved this book! Although is was written around 1848, it's still as timely as ever. The author gathers together many experiences with the supernatural, from believers and non-believers alike, and shows us without a doubt there is another world beyond our earthly existence.

This book proves that...more

Take a Walk on the Night-Side . . .

In The Night-Side of Nature, Victorian author Catherine Crowe explores and examines various paranormal phenomena such as ghosts, doppelgangers, wraiths, precognitive dreams, visions, presentiments and more.

On the whole, this is an interesting book,...more

One of the first serious studies of the supernatural written in the English speaking world, written in 1848. As the author emphatically points out, in Germany this phenomena had been taken very seriously by psychologists and scientists for a long time and had come up with much incontrovertible ma...more

It took me awhile to get into this book. Crowe has a very definite outline to her book. She starts by focusing on the dreams of people, and how they may be able to foretell events, from this she looks at ghosts or spirits of the recently dead visiting people in dreams, then to apparitions visitin...more

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