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
Lynne Kelly.
Allen & Unwin, 2004
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "Ghosts and Poltergeists"
A Skeptic's Handbook of Parapsychology
Paul Kurtz.
Prometheus Books, 1985
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "Spiritualists, Mediums, and Psychics: Some Evidence of Fraud"
Fear of the Unknown: Enlightened Aid-in-Dying
Arthur S. Berger; Joyce Berger.
Praeger, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 11 "Hauntings, Ghosts, and Apparitions"
The Transcendental Temptation: A Critique of Religion and the Paranormal
Paul Kurtz.
Prometheus Books, 1991
Librarian’s tip: Chap. XII "Scientists, Spiritualists, and Mediums"
Anomalistic Psychology: A Study of Magical Thinking
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
Diane E. Goldstein; Sylvia Ann Grider; Jeannie Banks Thomas.
Utah State University Press, 2007
Wondrous Events: Foundations of Religious Belief
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
Houran, James; Lange, Rense.
The Journal of Parapsychology, Vol. 65, No. 1, March 2001
Poltergeists - a Phenomenon Worthy of Serious Study
Bynum, Joyce.
ETC.: A Review of General Semantics, Vol. 50, No. 2, Summer 1993
Parapsychology: Research on Exceptional Experiences
Jane Henry.
Routledge, 2005
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 14 "Apparitions and Encounters"
Anomalies of Consciousness: Indian Perspectives and Research
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
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
Maher, Michaeleen C.
The Journal of Parapsychology, Vol. 64, No. 4, December 2000
FREE! Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death
Frederic W. H. Myers.
Longmans, Green, and Co., vol.2, 1903
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VII "Phantasms of the Dead"
Werewolves, Witches, and Wandering Spirits: Traditional Belief and Folklore in Early Modern Europe
Kathryn A. Edwards.
Truman State University Press, 2002
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