NEW ON AMZON'S KINDLE: Conan Doyle & The Spirits: The Spiritualist Career of Conan Doyle
Arthur Conan Doyle is world famous as a writer and as the creator of Sherlock Holmes, but his life as a psychic investigator has often been neglected. This biography represents a wide cross-section of Conan Doyle's spiritualistic writings. It ranges from the case histories of mediums to transcripts of spirit messages received by the Doyle family. Starting with a look at Conan Doyle's Celtic roots, Kelvin Jones charts his growing interest in spiritualism from his Jesuit education as a boy to his rather sceptical introduction to the phenomena at the end of the nineteenth century. He goes on to illustrate how Conan Doyle's belief in spiritualism was deepened by the works of leading psychic researchers, such as F. W. H. Myers, and his joining of the Society for Psychical Research. The book examines many of his own experiments and research and discusses several of his spiritualist stories and articles. This study provides the reader with a wealth of information, biographical, chronological and bibliographical details, and is the first serious attempt to recognize Conan Doyle's talents as a psychic investigator, revealing him as a pioneer in the field of psychic studies.