Lisa Morton tells the fascinating history of seances in her new book, Calling the Spirits: A History of Seances. Discussion included necromancy, spook shows, Spiritualism, fraudulent mediums, D.D. Home, Helen Duncan, Florence Cook, William Crookes, the American Civil War, spirit rapping, EVP, and of course, plenty of ectoplasm! PLUS, Patrick didn’t miss the opportunity to ask a Halloween expert about how the pandemic could change our favorite holiday!
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Introducing Harry Price (1881 – 1948), the British psychic researcher and one of the very first true paranormal investigators. I have not been able to figure out exactly what year this was filmed, but I love it! I love the library and the laboratory, I love that he smokes and uses the ash tray as if it was scripted, I love the eerie chime of the clock. I even love the awkward pauses and the throat clearing. 🙂
For more on Harry and his paranormal research, I very much recommend his book The Most Haunted House in England about the Borley Rectory. I believe it is out of print, but there are usually used copies for sale online. It is like a lesson in taking things back to the basics in an investigation, although Harry was pretty techie for the time period.