Ghosts and Poltergeists


poltergeist (pōl´tərgīst) [Ger.,=knocking ghost], in spiritism, certain phenomena, such as rapping, movement of furniture, and breaking of crockery, for which there is no apparent scientific explanation. Believers in spiritism interpret these phenomena, particularly common during séances, as evidence of the presence of supernatural spirits.

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Ghosts and Poltergeists: Selected full-text books and articles

The Skeptic's Guide to the Paranormal By Lynne Kelly Allen & Unwin, 2004
Librarian's tip: Chap. 7 "Ghosts and Poltergeists"
A Skeptic's Handbook of Parapsychology By Paul Kurtz Prometheus Books, 1985
Librarian's tip: Chap. 6 "Spiritualists, Mediums, and Psychics: Some Evidence of Fraud"
The Transcendental Temptation: A Critique of Religion and the Paranormal By Paul Kurtz Prometheus Books, 1991
Librarian's tip: Chap. XII "Scientists, Spiritualists, and Mediums"
Anomalistic Psychology: A Study of Magical Thinking By Leonard Zusne; Warren H. Jones Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1989 (2nd edition)
Librarian's tip: "Ghosts, Apparitions, and Hauntings" begins on p. 224
Haunting Experiences: Ghosts in Contemporary Folklore By Diane E. Goldstein; Sylvia Ann Grider; Jeannie Banks Thomas Utah State University Press, 2007
Wondrous Events: Foundations of Religious Belief By James McClenon University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994
Librarian's tip: Chap. 4 "Haunting and Poltergeist Cases: Constructing Folk Belief"
A Rasch Hierarchy of Haunt and Poltergeist Experiences By Houran, James; Lange, Rense The Journal of Parapsychology, Vol. 65, No. 1, March 2001
Poltergeists - a Phenomenon Worthy of Serious Study By Bynum, Joyce ETC.: A Review of General Semantics, Vol. 50, No. 2, Summer 1993
Parapsychology: Research on Exceptional Experiences By Jane Henry Routledge, 2005
Librarian's tip: Chap. 14 "Apparitions and Encounters"
Anomalies of Consciousness: Indian Perspectives and Research By Rao, K. Ramakrishna The Journal of Parapsychology, Vol. 58, No. 2, June 1994
An Investigation into the Alleged Haunting of Hampton Court Palace: Psychological Variables and Magnetic Fields By Wiseman, Richard; Watt, Caroline; Greening, Emma; Stevens, Paul; O'Keeffe, Ciaran The Journal of Parapsychology, Vol. 66, No. 4, December 2002
Quantitative Investigation of the General Wayne Inn By Maher, Michaeleen C The Journal of Parapsychology, Vol. 64, No. 4, December 2000
FREE! Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death By Frederic W. H. Myers Longmans, Green, and Co., vol.2, 1903
Librarian's tip: Chap. VII "Phantasms of the Dead"
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