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This House is Haunted: The True Story of the Enfield Poltergeist 3rd ed. Edition

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ISBN-10: 1907661786
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D.Scott Rogo FATE - an excellent blow-by-blow description of what life with a poltergeist is like. I know of no other book that gives such a detailed account - A wonderfully human document. Brian Inglis WHAT'S ON - a mass of corroborative evidence - backed by months of observation, supplemented by tapes and film and a variety of sophisticated gadgets - Unquestionably it was a genuine haunting. Bob Rickard FORTEAN TIMES A thoroughly commendable effort, providing us with a unique record of a poltergeist which, I am sure, will stimulate analysis and debate for years to come. Richard Whittington-Egan CONTEMPORARY REVIEW The log of events is meticulous and provides the reader with an exceptionally full and satisfying account of what must regarded as an extremely important record of a contemporary outbreak of poltergeist activity. Isa Gray THE STAR, JOHANNESBURG Brilliantly written book of compelling interest throughout. Alan Gauld PSYCHOLOGY NEWS My sympathies lie with Mr Playfair and with his colleague Mr Grosse, whose perseverance and resourcefulness in the face of numerous problems impressed me more and more as I read on. Sam Syers HAMPSTEAD & HIGHGATE EXPRESS A classic of its kind.

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est un chercheur de la Society for Psychical Research (Londres). Il est l'auteur d'une dizaine d'ouvrages dans le domaine de la parapsychologie et de recherches sur la science psychique.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: White Crow Books; 3rd ed. edition (April 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907661786
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907661785
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael Tymn VINE VOICE on July 5, 2011
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In a 1995 book titled "Bizarre Beliefs," the authors emphatically stated that "there are no ghosts, no poltergeists, and no hauntings. They are all mistaken, imaginary or fakes." Much of mainstream science shares this view, but Guy Lyon Playfair, the author of this book, knows better, as he has been involved in investigating a number of poltergeists, including the Enfield Poltergeist, one of the most intriguing cases in the annals of psychical research and the subject of this book. He will agree with the "bizarre" part, but definitely not with the denial of such phenomena.
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The Enfield case took place during 1977 and '78 in the northern London suburb of Enfield. It involved a divorced mother, Peggy Harper, and her four children, Rose, 13, Janet, 11, Pete, 10, and Jimmy, 7. The phenomena included large pieces of furniture being overturned, objects flying through the air and floating through walls, dancing slippers, levitations, coins falling from the ceiling, strange voices that often responded to questions, people thrown from their beds and chairs, mysterious writing on the walls, electronic disturbances, a number of ghostly apparitions, stones seemingly falling from the sky, excreta appearing in the sink and on walls, inexplicable outbreaks of fire, and mysterious knocks and footsteps.

As a member of the Society for Psychical Research (SPR), Playfair, a Cambridge graduate who spent many years as a freelance journalist for The Economist, Time, and the Associated Press, was, along with fellow SPR member Maurice Grosse, asked to investigate the anomalous activity at the Harper home.
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This book follows the case of the Enfield Poltergeist,a fascinating haunting which asks many questions but which unfortunately provides few answers, In 1977,a working class family in England became the focus of an apparent haunting. It began with banging noises and the movement of objects and developed into one of the most controversial cases in psychical research. Guy Playfair and the late Maurice Grosse spent years with the family documenting events and watching as a parade of skeptics,mediums and fellow psychic investigators passed through the small apartment. This book doesn't "prove" the existence of ghosts or even demonstrate that this case was based on real paranormal events- Grosse and Playfair both were unsure of the nature of the events they were witnessing. This book is sometimes tedious,but is an important document and should be read by anyone seriously interested in hauntings and poltergeists. Was it the result of trickery or mental illness? Ultimately Playfair and Grosse committed to the paranormal nature of most of what they documented.
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I wanted to love it! I really did! Like many others, after the movie came on television, I wanted to follow it up with the book. I found the book somewhat boring, and I sometimes found it a chore to read. Considering what I paid for it, I was bound and determined to at least finish it. I expected to be scared, I wasn't. I literally don't know what I truly expected, but the extra yawning wasn't it. I downloaded it onto my Kindle and the typos were horrid! Very distracting and hard to get past since they were so numerous. The dialogue was hard to distinguish, too, and I found myself saying: "Oh, someone was speaking there" *insert quizzical look* and I'd have to go back and reread. I give it a 3 stars but it wasn't one of my favs...
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Highly recommended for all readers of the paranormal genre.An intelligently written and well-documented account of perhaps one of the most famous poltergeist cases in recent history. Made my skin crawl.
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This is one of the better accounts of haunting that I have read. I give it three stars because the authors were part of the story and their behavior does not match their words. It is inexplicable why they kept dragging people through the house if the family did not want the attention and the abilities and motives of those who visited was certainly questionable. Their own writing convinced me this was a fake. The older daughter was having problems and sought attention with this behavior. After enough time, the younger daughter jumped onboard. Had the son spent more time there, he would have either outed the sisters or jumped onboard himself. Despite a well-written account, I came away believing the authors either collaborated with the family or took advantage of the family to perpetuate a hoax. How many times can the behavior ONLY occur when the authors are out of the room before they say enough.
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I read this when I was about 12 and now I'm 40. Thought it might be fun to go down memory lane, and boy did I forget how scary this book is to me! So happy I got nostalgic and ordered when I saw it! Great read for those into this sort of thing!
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This is an old book, and the case dates back to the 1970's. Thus the writing style is a little on the du side. That being said it is absolutely essential reading for the modern day parapsychologist, with this being one of the most well documented and witnessed cases in the history of hauntings.
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