GHOST AND GHOUL by T.C. Lethbridge

GHOST AND GHOUL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Here's a sort of thousand-and-one-nights-with-ESP; English archaeologist T.C. Lethbridge makes an odd Scheherazade, but his tales and/or investigations, mostly personal, prove a bizarre hunting ground for intellectual way-outers. The author has seen 2 ghosts, 1 in 1922 Cambridge, the other in 1959 Hole Mill; someone transmitted them, Lethbridge being merely on the right wave length at the right time. These ghosts are but ""pictures produced by human minds"" -- paranormal rather than supernatural. He has known haunted places (chill-sensation of someone wanting to ditch him from a cliff), poltergeists (invisible, irrational forces given to throwing fits), ghouls (a Canon sees a horribly hairy figure emerge; he exorcises it), magic (witch doctor's bones bring strange deaths to all involved), foreknowledge (""the future can exist in minds in minute detail""), couvade (pain transference between man and wife). All these parapsychological phenomena (clairvoyance, psychometry, psychokinesis) concern an electromagnetic force called Resonance which issues instantaneous telepathic ""empathy"" or warning; animals, e.g. live by it. According to Lethbridge modern science's melting pot is swirling with the ""unknown""; his own brew should certainly bewitch the believers, baffle and bemuse the infidel.

Pub Date: July 6th, 1962
Publisher: Doubleday