The entity responsible has been named the 'Mackenzie Poltergeist'. It has become one of the best-documented and most conclusive paranormal cases in history. The Poltergeist is still growing stronger. This is its story.
Author: Jan-Andrew Henderson
Publisher: Random House
Greyfrair's Cemetery in Edinburgh has a centuries old reputation for being haunted. Its gruesome history includes use as a mass prison, headstone removal, witchcraft, bodysnatching, desecration, corpse dumping and live burial. In 1998, something new and inexplicable began occurring in the graveyard. Visitors encountered 'cold spots', strange smells and banging noises. They found themselves overcome by nausea, or cut and bruised by something they could not see. Over the space of two years, twenty-four people were knocked unconscious. Homes next to the graveyard wall became plagued by crockery smashing, objects moving and unidentified laughter. Witnesses to these attacks ran into the hundreds. There were two exorcisms of the area. Both failed. The section of Greyfriars where the attacks occurred is now chained shut. The entity responsible has been named the 'Mackenzie Poltergeist'. It has become one of the best-documented and most conclusive paranormal cases in history. The Poltergeist is still growing stronger. This is its story.
With entries that range from specific works to authors, folklore, and popular culture (including music, film, television, urban legend, and gaming), this book provides a single-volume resource on all things ghostly in the United States and ...
Author: June Michele Pulliam
With entries that range from specific works to authors, folklore, and popular culture (including music, film, television, urban legend, and gaming), this book provides a single-volume resource on all things ghostly in the United States and in other countries. • Provides accessible, interesting, and fun-to-read information authored by expert researchers and coedited by scholars who are experts on the topic of ghosts across human culture • Presents analytical discussions of the figure of the ghost in each work that will be beneficial to students in film studies, English, or other classes tasked with writing an essay on the horror genre or ghost films and books • Explores how the idea of the ghost implies belief in there being more to human existence than the physical body and is intrinsically connected to the concept of the afterlife—and how these concepts often coexisted uneasily with beliefs regarding afterlife in religious theologies
Drawing on traditional Malayan folklore and superstition, THE GHOST BRIDE is a haunting, exotic and romantic read perfect for fans of EMPRESS ORCHID and MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA.
Author: Yangsze Choo
Publisher: Hot Key Books
A haunting, evocative and highly unusual romantic debut Seventeen-year-old Li Lan lives in 1890s Malaya with her quietly-ruined father, who returns one evening with a proposition - the fabulously wealthy Lim family want Li Lan to marry their son. The only problem is, he's dead. After a fateful visit to the Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also her desire for the Lims' handsome new heir. At night she is drawn into the Chinese afterlife - a world of ghost cities, paper funeral offerings, monstrous bureaucracy and vengeful spirits. Enlisting the help of mysterious Er Lang (a dragon turned clerk) Li Lan must uncover the secrets of the ghost world - before she becomes trapped there forever. Drawing on traditional Malayan folklore and superstition, THE GHOST BRIDE is a haunting, exotic and romantic read perfect for fans of EMPRESS ORCHID and MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA.
Distinguishing itself from words and announcing itself as a sign, 124 stands for the house, not merely haunted by a ghost but itself a ghost, personified as “spiteful,” “Full of baby's venom,” and fully animated. There are many haunted ...
Author: Juda Bennett
Publisher: SUNY Press
Offers the first queer reading of all ten of Morrison’s novels. Toni Morrison and the Queer Pleasure of Ghosts radically intervenes in one of the most established and sacred topics in Toni Morrison scholarship, love. Moving beyond Morrison’s representation of ghosts as the forgotten or occluded past, Juda Bennett uncovers how Morrison imagines the spectral sphere as always already queer, a provocation and challenge to heteronormativity—with the ghost appearing as an active participant in disruptions of compulsory heterosexuality, as a figure embodying closet desires, or as a disembodied emanation that counterpoints homophobia. From The Bluest Eye to Home, Morrison’s novels have included many queer ghosts that challenge our most cherished conceptions of love and speak to cultural anxieties about black sexualities, gay marriage, AIDS, lesbian visibility, and transgender identities. Not surprisingly, the scene-stealing ghost Beloved appears at the very heart of this book, but Bennett cautions against interpretative stasis, inviting readers to break free of the stranglehold Beloved has had on imaginations, so as not to miss the full force of Morrison’s lifelong project to queer love.
She then attempts to lay to rest these ghosts by emphasizing the people that live there: 'Since then, as I hinted, ... Lee's writings are haunted by her other writings, which results in a kind of ghostly meta-text about haunting itself.
Author: Hilary Grimes
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Examining the automatic writing of the spiritualist séances, discursive technologies like the telegraph and the photograph, various genres and late nineteenth-century mental science, this book shows the failure of writers' attempts to use technology as a way of translating the supernatural at the fin de siècle. Hilary Grimes shows that both new technology and explorations into the ghostly aspects of the mind made agency problematic. When notions of agency are suspended, Grimes argues, authorship itself becomes uncanny. Grimes's study is distinct in both recognizing and crossing strict boundaries to suggest that Gothic literature itself resists categorization, not only between literary periods, but also between genres. Treating a wide range of authors - Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Conan Doyle, George Du Maurier, Vernon Lee, Mary Louisa Molesworth, Sarah Grand, and George Paston - Grimes shows how fin-de-siècle works negotiate themes associated with the Victorian and Modernist periods such as psychical research, mass marketing, and new technologies. With particular attention to texts that are not placed within the Gothic genre, but which nevertheless conceal Gothic themes, The Late Victorian Gothic demonstrates that the end of the nineteenth century produced a Gothicism specific to the period.
The next world; that which we will all inhabit in time and out of time, in our mind and out of it.And yet there is another Nigel Humphreys, the 'ghost' writer, now revealed in this key collection of original ghost stories 'Beyond Dead', ...
Author: Nigel Humphreys
Nigel Humphreys is best known as a poet that seeks out and finds the soul's consciousness, complexities and imperfections - the universal vibration of what is out there and the resonance of the creative mind; out of the darkness and into the light, the very love of this world ... and the next. The next world; that which we will all inhabit in time and out of time, in our mind and out of it.And yet there is another Nigel Humphreys, the 'ghost' writer, now revealed in this key collection of original ghost stories 'Beyond Dead', utterly possessed, inhabiting the same deep landscape, but 'in and out of it', 'back and forth', foot-stepping into our heads; a true literary Medium, attuning himself and us, tuning in, channelling, asking the begging questions that he already appears to know the answers to, 'is there anybody there? And if so, 'what are we to do and how are we to act and what will be the human cost or indeed that of the spirits?'The poet has become his own 'ghost', touching the imperceptible, conjuring out of the dim-lit shimmering backdrop, a very fine and original collection of ghost stories, that allow us to wander, candle in hand, with him and experience with great clarity and confidence, this 'other realm', that is 'our realm'; ghosts as people, people as ghosts, spirits of time and spirits of place, benign, mischievous and utterly malign, letting the traditional ghost story itself, in its grey eminence and delightful dotage, become utterly re-haunted, re-possessed as old houses and people are, re-energised and 'of spirit' in and about itself. It is all 'his own' work, but not of 'his own'. He has had the help from within the veil and beyond it, conjuring forth an emotional Spirit world that has to be acknowledged.(Adapted from Spirits of Time and Place: The Ghost Stories of Nigel Humphreys by Jonathan Wood)
... Flora, Haunting Edinburgh Harris, Stuart, The Place Names of Edinburgh (Edinburgh: Gordon Wright Publishing, ... 1999); The Emperor's New Kilt (Edinburgh: Mainstream, 2000); The Ghost That Haunted Itself (Edinburgh: Mainstream, ...
Author: Jan-Andrew Henderson
Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited
A comprehensive illustrated guide to Edinburgh's New Town. This book is all you'll need to get the most out of your visit to the New Town.
The history of the cemetery itself is rather unremarkable. ... Most of the ghosts of this cemetery show themselves when people are either driving by on the adjacent road or when people park their cars on the adjacent road and look into ...
Author: Donna Marsh
Publisher: Clerisy Press
Nashville Haunted Handbook is the second book in the new Haunted Handbook line within the popular America's Haunted Road Trip series. The Haunted Handbooks are city-specific travel guides to nearly one hundred places within a major city. Each of the places in Nashville Haunted Handbook is presented in a two-page spread that includes directions, a brief history, details about how the place is haunted, and advice on visiting the place. Each spread also includes one or two photos. The places are organized into sections, including schoolhouses, roads and bridges, hotels and inns, and others. Nashville Haunted Handbook is written with the ghost enthusiast in mind. All 100 chapters contain information on the history as well as the haunting surrounding each location, as well as detailed directions on how to locate each site. Many of the chapters also contain insider information that only a local would know, making it easier for ghost hunters to investigate.
Spirit keeps its dwelling intact by redoubling itself and ensuring its incessant return. “Geist is always haunted by its Geist: a spirit, or in other words, in French (and English), as in German, a phantom, always surprises by returning ...
Author: Ashok Kara
It is not possible to read Heidegger's text without the image of his arm raised in the Nazi salute haunting it. The image compels us to examine Heidegger's philosophy in terms of its susceptibility to Nazi ideology. Heidegger's philosophy was inscribed at the end of the history of philosophy, a time when Nazism was on the rise and on its way to the renewal of German destiny. In paragraph six of Being and Time Heidegger outlined his agenda for the renewal of philosophy. The renewal necessitated the destruction of the errant history of ontology in order to retrieve the pure primordial experiences. The parallels between the forms of two agendas are coincidental. However, my work shows where they overlapped. I explore the consequence of this overlap by soliciting the 'first' text of philosophy, The Anaximander Fragment, that speaks about justice and injustice. Justice is also at issue in the text of Jacques Derrida. Derrida's primary resource is paragraph six of Heidegger's Being and Time, a fact that caused some of his readers to assimilate him to Heidegger. Derrida has tried to distance himself from Heidegger and in a late text he has offered us the prescriptive phrase, "Deconstruction is justice," to guide our reading of his text. The phrase invites us to examine Derrida's work in light of its saying. This is what I try to do. I show that a separation cannot be accomplished without a price, because whether an author intends it or not, justice is something ghostly and it keeps its own account. Heidegger's arm and Derrida's hand caught in the trap of paragraph six tell another story, different from the stories the authors tell. The limbs tell the story about the ghosts of justice.
This is the first book that has been written exclusively about the ghosts in Fife. The book also features many firsthand accounts, legends and stories.
Author: Richard Falconer
St. Andrews in Scotland is not only the home of Golf it is also the home of Ghosts! Ghosts of St. Andrews is a unique virtual or self-guided Ghost Tour of St. Andrews. Along with previously unpublished firsthand accounts, the book includes researched published material spanning hundreds of years. With ghost stories, ghostly legends and tales this is the most comprehensive collection St. Andrews has ever seen. The book has 356 pages and is fully illustrated with many photos from around the town. The book covers 75 locations and well over 100 ghostly encounters. The tour itself covers 65 locations and all are in easy walking distance around the centre of St. Andrews. The book is complete with a copy of W. T. Linskill's famous 1911 work St. Andrews Ghost Stories, annotated with additional information and cross-referenced with the many accounts in the book itself. This is an unusual and exiting way to learn more of the town's history and its corresponding abundance of enduring ghostly residents including ghostly golfers on the Old Course! This is a must for any interested in Ghosts and especially those interested in historic St. Andrews 'Ghosts of St. Andrews' is the companion book to 'Ghosts of Fife' by the same author. This is the first book that has been written exclusively about the ghosts in Fife. The book also features many firsthand accounts, legends and stories. 'Ghosts of Fife' is an A to Z of over 80 places in the Kingdom and includes a trail of 25 Haunted Castles.
In the end , the uncanny turns out to be a ghost story , a story of the subject haunted by what it has repressed ... to the text ) argues that Benjamin's text is a " ghost story ” that is itself haunted : “ haunted by haunting itself ...
Author: Mark Wigley
Publisher: MIT Press
By locatingthe architecture already hidden within deconstructive discourse, Wigley opens up more radical possibilities for both architectureand deconstruction.
Mrs Baliol's primary function in the narrative is to model a set of responses to the ghost story, which responses will take up a more prominent role in the story than the haunting itself. At the beginning of her memorandum, ...
Author: S. Hay
Ghost stories are always in conversation with novelistic modes with which they are contemporary. This book examines examples from Sir Walter Scott, Charles Dickens, Henry James and Rudyard Kipling, amongst others, to the end of the twentieth century, looking at how they address empire, class, property, history and trauma.
But this Ego, this living individual would itself be inhabited and invaded by its own specter. It would be constituted by specters of which it becomes the host and which it assembles in the haunted community of a single body. Ego=ghost ...
Author: Jacques de Ville
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
This book advances a new reading of the central works of Carl Schmitt and, in so doing, rethinks the primary concepts of constitutional theory. In this book, Jacques de Ville engages in a close analysis of a number of Schmitt’s texts, including Dictatorship (1921), The Concept of the Political (1927), Constitutional Theory (1928), Land and Sea (1942), Ex Captivitate Salus (1950), The Nomos of the Earth (1950) and The Theory of the Partisan (1963). This engagement takes place from the perspective of constitutional theory and focuses specifically on concepts or themes such as sovereignty, the state, the political, constituent power, democracy, representation, the constitution and human rights. The book seeks to rethink the structure of these concepts in line with Derrida’s analysis of Schmitt’s texts on the concept of the political in Politics of Friendship (1993). This happens by way of an analysis of Derrida’s engagement with Freud and other psychoanalysts. Although the main focus in the book is on Schmitt’s texts, it further examines two texts of Derrida (Kh?ra (1993) and Fors: The Anglish Words of Nicholas Abraham and Maria Torok (1976)), by reading these alongside Schmitt’s own reflections on the positive concept of the constitution.
Williamson says in her book Ghosts and Earth Bound Spirits, it is actually a Christian service; sometimes people such ... is haunted, but not by what, or what the different entities are, unless they are equipped and trained themselves.
Author: Paul Gater
This is the third book in Paul Gater's investigation of the supernatural - 'Living with Ghosts' and 'Ghosts at War' were both popularly successful paperbacks, Large Print and E-book editions. Paul has interviewed hundreds of 'ordinary' people as well as psychics, mediums and ghost-hunters. He reveals how far from being cold and inhuman, the phantoms which haunt our towns and countrysides live busy, passionate lives. They are involved in love tangles, vendettas, jealous plots, remorseful penitence, fascinating tales of desire, hate, revenge and death covering many centuries. Paul writes regular features on the supernatural for newspapers and magazines. His books are critically acclaimed as 'absorbing and fascinating reads'. Here he also includes interviews with his wife Dilys Gater and friend Jaine Francis, both professional mediums.
The Eyrbyggja Saga offers the frightening story of Thorolf Twistfoot, whose ghost haunted these farms in such a violent ... heroes who are intent on claiming the creatures' treasures for themselves as well as on laying the ghosts, ...
Author: Lisa Morton
Publisher: Reaktion Books
From that cheerful puff of smoke known as Casper to the hunkiest potter living or dead, Sam Wheat, there is probably no more iconic entity in supernatural history than the ghost. And these are just recent examples. From the earliest writings such as the Epic of Gilgamesh to today’s ghost-hunting reality TV shows, ghosts have chilled the air of nearly every era and every culture in human history. In this book, Lisa Morton uses her scholarly prowess—more powerful than any proton pack—to wrangle together history’s most enduring ghosts into an entertaining and comprehensive look at what otherwise seems to always evade our eyes. Tracing the ghost’s constantly shifting contours, Morton asks the most direct question—What exactly is a ghost?—and examines related entities such as poltergeists, wraiths, and revenants. She asks how a ghost is related to a soul, and she outlines all the different kinds of ghosts there are. To do so, she visits the spirits of the classical world, including the five-part Egyptian soul and the first haunted-house, conceived in the Roman playwright Plautus’s comedy, Mostellaria. She confronts us with the frightening phantoms of the Middle Ages—who could incinerate priests and devour children—and reminds us of the nineteenth-century rise of Spiritualism, a religion essentially devoted to ghosts. She visits with the Indian bhuta and goes to the Hungry Ghost Festival in China, and of course she spends time in Mexico, where ghosts have a particularly strong grip on belief and culture. Along the way she gathers the ectoplasmic residues seeping from books and film reels, from the Gothic novel The Castle of Otranto to the 2007 blockbuster Paranormal Activity, from the stories of Ann Radcliffe to those of Stephen King. Wide-ranging, informative, and slicked with over fifty unearthly images, Ghosts is an entertaining read of a cultural phenomenon that will delight anyone, whether they believe in ghosts or not.
The ghosts have also been enlisted as signposts to critiques of modern life, with Avery Gordon's Ghostly Matters (1997) being ... The self is a 'ghost in the sense that it is never fully present to itself. the ghost also haunts texts, ...
Author: Dr Caron Lipman
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
How does it feel to live in a ‘haunted home’? How do people negotiate their everyday lives with the experience of uncanny, anomalous or strange events within the domestic interior? What do such experiences reveal of the intersection between the material, immaterial and temporal within the home? How do people interpret, share and narrate experiences which are uncertain and unpredictable? What does this reveal about contested beliefs and different forms of knowledge? And about how people ‘co-habit’ with ghosts, a distinctive self - other relationship within such close quarters? This book sets out to explore these questions. It applies a non-reductive middle-ground approach which steers beyond an uncritical exploration of supernatural experiences without explaining them away by recourse only to wider social and cultural contexts. The book attends to the ways in which households in England and Wales understand their experience of haunting in relation to ideas of subjectivity, gender, materiality, memory, knowledge and belief. It explores home as a place both dynamic and differentiated, illuminating the complexity of ‘everyday’ experience - the familiarity of the strange as well as the strangeness of the familiar - and the ways in which home continues to be configured as a distinctive space.
itself is constructed . As we have seen , however , the physical structure of the ( haunted ) house and the depiction of heavenly oneness in ghost films posits a conceptual use of space that opposes itself to Oedipal fantasy scenarios .
Author: Katherine A. Fowkes
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Arguing that our enjoyment of ghost films is linked to masochistic pleasure, Giving up the Ghost provides us with a new way of thinking about the relation between film viewing and gender. A deft but readable application of psychoanalytic theories, especially masochism (by way of Deleuze and Studlar), extends the utility of psychoanalysis to the understanding of film genre and film audiences. It is indispensable reading for scholars and students of film theory.
The first is a type of recorded event that has encoded itself into the house, usually in lime, sandstone or silicon type minerals. The recording plays itself on a regular basis. The ghosts are not aware of you and are merely reliving an ...
Author: The Abbotts
Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
How do you stop a psychic attack or end a curse? This amazing new book from the paranormal experts, The Abbotts will answer all those questions you have ever had about ghosts, curses, astral attack, vampires, ghouls, enemies and hexes! You will even learn how to disentangle yourself from a past love and cleanse antiques and your new home! Written in The Abbotts easy to understand and practical manner, you will have at your fingertips a resource for all those times you find yourself in an odd situation or hear things that go bump in the night! An abundance of easy-to-do protection and cleansing exercises and hints on psychic protection are in every chapter, as well as loving words and channelled advice from Higher Beings. A not to be missed book for any seeker of esoteric and paranormal phenomena!