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Mediums Rare

Matheson, Richard

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ISBN 10: 1587670070 / ISBN 13: 9781587670077
Published by Cemetery Dance Pubns
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1587670070 > DJ > SIGNED by Author. 2000. 124 pages. Limitation signed by author. #508 of 750 limited copies.Boards show little to no sign of visible wear aside from faint scuffing near the edges. Spine is sturdy and square. Binding is tight. Dust jacket is in good condition with only minor rubbing to the edges and scuffing throughout. Pages are bright and free of marks. Bookseller Inventory # BBS-0769751

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Title: Mediums Rare

Publisher: Cemetery Dance Pubns

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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Prolific screenwriter and genre novelist has long maintained an interest in parapsychology, telepathy, ESP and the like. His brief and elegantly printed new volume amounts to a lightly fictionalized history and quick, evocative episodes of paranormal abilities from Greek antiquity to those of the renowned American psychic Edgar Cayce. Most of the episodes in between depict the famous seers, mediums and performers of the 19th century, whose feats Matheson admires. Margaret and Kate Fox, aged 10 and seven, in 1848 convinced their parents and many other Americans that they were in touch with the ghosts in a haunted house. (Matheson adds that the grown-up Margaret recanted, explaining how she had herself produced the ghosts' mysterious rapping noises; he believes the recantation fake, arranged by the sisters' "enemies.") Civil War-era medium Nettie Colburn instructed President Lincoln to visit his troops; Matheson thinks she channeled deceased statesman Daniel Webster. New England mediums "Mrs. Leonard and Mrs. Piper" underwent elaborate tests in attempts to prove their psychic connections genuine; William James, for one, was impressed. Harry Houdini used his great stage-magic talents to unmask a bevy of psychic frauds; Matheson describes some, then discusses what he believes are genuine paranormal experiences linked to Houdini. Matheson's afterword repeats his confident claims that the powers he describes are real and pleads for serious study of them. Fans of parapsychology or of the author's esteemed novels may enjoy this lively exploration of topics that so interest a genre legend.

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Prolific screenwriter and genre novelist Matheson (What Dreams May Come; I Am Legend; Passion Play [Forecasts, June 26], etc.) has long maintained an interest in parapsychologyAdivination, telepathy, ESP and the like. His brief and elegantly printed new volume amounts to a lightly fictionalized historyAin quick, evocative episodesAof paranormal abilities from Greek antiquity to those of the renowned American psychic Edgar Cayce. Most of the episodes in between depict the famous seers, mediums and performers of the 19th century, whose feats Matheson admires. Margaret and Kate Fox, aged 10 and seven, in 1848 convinced their parents and many other Americans that they were in touch with the ghosts in a haunted house. (Matheson adds that the grown-up Margaret recanted, explaining how she had herself produced the ghosts' mysterious rapping noises; he believes the recantation fake, arranged by the sisters' "enemies.") Civil War-era medium Nettie Colburn instructed President Lincoln to visit his troops; Matheson thinks she channeled deceased statesman Daniel Webster. New England mediums "Mrs. Leonard and Mrs. Piper" underwent elaborate tests in attempts to prove their psychic connections genuine; William James, for one, was impressed. Harry Houdini used his great stage-magic talents to unmask a bevy of psychic frauds; Matheson describes some, then discusses what he believes are genuine paranormal experiences linked to Houdini. Matheson's afterword repeats his confident claims that the powers he describes are real and pleads for serious study of them. Fans of parapsychology or of the author's esteemed novels may enjoy this lively exploration of topics that so interest a genre legend. (Aug.)
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