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DrPaulLee

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Hi,
My wife has developed an interest in the history of the occult: apart from Colin Wilson's book, can any kind soul provide any recommendations?

Best wishes
Paul
 

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I'll bet Alan Moore and Steve Moore (no relation) magnum opus The Moon and Serpent Bumper Book of Magic shows up, it will be exactly the book your wife wishes to read!
 

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It may be a while yet... but I'm certainly looking forward to the day it is available!
 

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Here is one - but it's pricey - The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult
In the early days of photography, many believed and hoped that the camera would prove more efficient than the human eye in capturing the unseen. Spiritualists and animists of the nineteenth century seized on the new technology as a method of substantiating the existence of supernatural beings and happenings. This fascinating book assembles more than 250 photographic images from the Victorian era to the 1960s, each purporting to document an occult phenomenon: levitations, apparitions, transfigurations, ectoplasms, spectres, ghosts, and auras. Drawn from the archives of European and American occult societies and private and public collections, the photographs in many cases have never before been published.

The Perfect Medium studies these rare and remarkable photographs through cultural, historical, and artistic lenses. More than mere curiosities, the images on film are important records of the cultural forces and technical methods that brought about their production. They document in unexpected ways a period when developing photographic technology merged with a popular obsession with the occult to create a new genre of haunting experimental photographs.
978-0300111361
 

gordonrutter

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Here is one - but it's pricey - The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult

978-0300111361
Good book, I reviewed this for FT and can recommend it.
 
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