Paranormal Review 87

Guy Lyon Playfair: His Life and Work It is always satisfying to do a retrospective of a great psychical researcher’s life and work, and Guy Lyon Playfair’s contributions to the field were many and of lasting importance, but it is a satisfaction tempered by sadness and an awareness of loss. Although I corresponded with Playfair,…

Paranormal Review 86

From C.D. Broad to the Palace of Versailles We were all saddened recently by the news of Guy Lyon Playfair’s death. The world of psychical research has surely lost one of its brighter lights. The Psi Society column this issue carries a brief obituary and it is hoped that a future issue of the magazine…

Paranormal Review 85

Back to the ‘Lilly’ Pond: Flotation Tank Experiments From historical re-evaluations and current experiments, this issue of the Paranormal Review brings a wide range of psychical research topics to your attention. The Society’s President, Prof. John Poynton, continues his philosopher-president series with a re-examination of Hans Driesch. Dr Peter Hewitt of the Museum of Witchcraft…

Paranormal Review 84

Photography, Art and the Representation of the Paranormal The lights dimmed, the audience were on the edges of their seats (or, at least, in their seats), except for the absence of a drum roll, everything was set for the announcement of the winner and runners-up of the Paranormal Review’s Photography Competition. The announcement was made…

The Winner

‘Ghost’ Takes 1st place I announced the winner and runners-up at the Society for Psychical Research’s 41st Annual Conference on Friday, 1st September. For those of you who were unable to attend, here are the results: 1st Place: ‘Ghost’ by Alan O’Regan 2nd Place: Untitled by Laverne Craven 3rd Place was tied between ‘Sotiria’ by…

The Finalists

The Final Selection for the Paranormal Review Photography Competition The hunt to find the photograph that best captures the ‘spirit’ of the paranormal continues. The competition received a high number of exceptional photographs and final judging was immensely difficult. A total of 16 were shortlisted out of 60 entrants and from these my expert panel…

The Shortlist

Capturing the Spirit of the Paranormal: The Paranormal Review Photography Competition Shortlist Earlier this year I launched a competition to find the photograph that best captures the ‘spirit’ of the paranormal. The emphasis was on aesthetics rather than evidence, since the purpose was not to prove the paranormal in any way, but to represent it….

Paranormal Review 83

The Ghost Hunting Issue, Part 2 It was last year’s SPR conference that inspired my trip. Leeds, I thought, what’s near Leeds? Then I remembered: Pontefract. Pontefract is the home of what has become one of the most talked about cases in recent years: the so-called ‘Black Monk of Pontefract’ of 30 East Drive. It…

The Ghost Hunting Issue, Part 1

From spirit bottles to how to win the lottery, and, of course, ghost hunting, issue 82 of the Paranormal Review brings you the best writing and most interesting theories on parapsychological subjects. Paranormal Review, 82 (Spring 2017) EDITORIAL We begin this issue with the President of the SPR, Prof. John Poynton, continuing his exploration of…

Photograph the Paranormal

Paranormal Review Photography Competition Shoot the Next Cover and Win a Camera from Olympus How to capture the paranormal? We have all seen photographs, from the Brown Lady of Raynham Hall to orbs, that claim to show evidence of a spirit world. But no matter how compelling the image, no photograph has convinced the earthly…

Para What?

Is there such a thing as ‘parazoology’? We have cryptozoology, of course, but the subject of anomalous animals seems so much bigger than those that are merely ‘hidden’. I was inspired to develop this themed issue after working on my book The Impossible Zoo: An Encyclopedia of Fabulous Beasts and Mythical Monsters, released in September…

Parazoology

Parazoology in the new Paranormal Review. Plus articles on the SPR’s new home at 1 Vernon Mews and an insider’s inside look at the College of Psychic Studies. I’ve also arranged a special book offer for The Impossible Zoo and there’s a mini retrospective as I chalk up the tenth issue of the new-look Paranormal…

Conjuring Up Enfield

It was ‘we need the SPR!’ when The Enfield Haunting hit our screens last summer, but this year’s re-visit of the Enfield poltergeist case, The Conjuring 2, takes a very different approach. Focusing on the minimal (to be polite) investigation (to be generous) of Ed and Lorraine Warren, it tells quite another story; one that…