The Secret History of Poltergeists and Haunted Houses
From Pagan Folklore to Modern Manifestations
by Claude Lecouteux
|Publisher:||Inner Traditions (2012)|
Reviewed by Frater U.I.F.
The Secret History of Poltergeists and Haunted Houses is an excellent resource for those interested in an academic study of the history of haunting and poltergeist phenomenon. Most striking is the clarity and objectivity of the author alongside the sheer amount of historical content presented.
After an opening explanation and definition of terms, Lecouteux presents an immense stream of historical accounts of hauntings and poltergeist activity starting from the Middle Ages up until the mid-1800’s. Most of the information provided consists of personal accounts of paranormal activity, sometimes from several perspectives and almost all written by highly respectable and reliable individuals. Each personal account of the hauntings include background information from the author about the story and its participants.
The author outlines themes that are common to each account. Classifications of types of spirits begin to emerge in different lights depending on the time and climate of the host society in question. This study and classification give The Secret History of Poltergeists and Haunted Houses the feel of a sociological study presented in a very erudite and educated manner which is quite a breath of fresh air from this often abused genre.
For those interested in paranormal research and study, this book is an incredible resource, presenting a substantial collection of documented accounts of paranormal activity in several classifications. Overall this is an excellent and interesting study.