LLIFS Resource Directory: Fifty Years of Psychical Research: A Critical Survey by Harry Price

10th January 2022. Reading Time: 3 minutes General, Paranormal Book Club. 139 page views. 0 comments.

The highlight of the LLIFS Resource Directory this week is by Harry Price. Uncover fifty years of investigation into paranormal phenomena including Poltergeists, Psychics, Telekinesis and Witchcraft with one of the world's most famous paranormal researchers.

If you follow my blog or are just visiting for the first time, as you scroll through the different articles, you will see a very wide range of topics discussed.  This is not information I automatically know about.  They are things I have often come across in some ways through my research.  There are so many amazing books and resources available that can really help with your paranormal research.   A lot of these are books written by people who in some way have been influential.  Often they are books that are very old and no longer in print.  To buy the hard copy can cost up to thousands, however, there are free public domain pdfs online which is a good second choice!  I have gone through the resource directory to highlight some gems you definitely should add bookmarks on!  This week it is famous paranormal investigator Harry Price.

Who is Harry Price?

Harry Price is one of the most well known paranormal investigators in history.  Long before paranormal reality television shows, Price made a name for himself for his investigations into psychical phenomena and exposing fraudulent psychic mediums.  Working as a salesman and an interest in archaeology kept Price busy, Price became an amateur conjurer learning stage magic which he would later find useful as a tool to debunk fake psychic mediums.  In 1920, Price joined the Society for Psychical research.  While he had used his knowledge of sleight of hand to defraud psychic mediums, he also found some he believed to be genuine who he went onto endorse.  His first major reveal was exposing famous spirit photographer William Hope.  

Price went on to leave the SPR due to disagreements of Price paying psychic mediums to test their abilities.  In 1925 he formed the National Laboratory of Psychical Research.  He was however most famous for his work investigating the infamous Borley Rectory dubbed Englands Most Haunted House.  He lived at the property for a year where he documented his experiences and went on to write a book about it.  

Fifty Years Of Psychical Research

Uncover fifty years of critical study into paranormal phenomena including poltergeists, psychics, Telekinesis and Witchcraft.Harry Price dedicated his life to uncovering the truth behind the paranormal, leading him to become one of the most eminent British Psychical researchers of all time.This book contains an in-depth history of psychical research spanning fifty years of investigation. Price combed the globe for more than forty years, in his search of the paranormal, helping to expose fake 'psychics', and fighting for the recognition of what he believes to be genuine parapsychological phenomena.Price observes that he had deliberately set out to make "this work not merely a history of psychical research, but a record of the principal experiments which have been carried out, with the results obtained ..." as it’s the experiments which are the most interesting.This fascinating account, first published in 1939, brings to life an era when both the paranormal and spiritualism was at the forefront of the public’s imagination and a time when researchers fought to determine the truth behind the spiritual world.This book consists of 270 pages and is accompanied by illustrations.

Is spiritualism a religion or a racket? How does it differ from psychical research? What went on in the world of séances, mediums, and the scientists who investigated them in the early decades of the twentieth century? This fascinating account, first published in the 1930s, brings to life an era when spiritualists gripped the public imagination and researchers fought to determine what was and wasn’t real.  

To read the book free online via public domain, click here: Fifty years of psychical research

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