Harry Price has become one of the most well known figures in 20th century psychical research, a maverick investigator whose exploits created controversy both within the Spiritualist movement as well as the world of organised paranormal inquiry. With his National Laboratory of Psychical Research he investigated some of the most famous mediums of the inter-war period including Helen Duncan, the Schneider brothers, ‘Margery’ Crandon and Jean Guzik. After his sudden death in 1948, Price was accused of fraud and misrepresentation in what remains his most famous case, the haunting of Borley Rectory, and in the ensuing years the activities of supporters and critics have ensured that he and his work remains equally inspirational and problematic.
Of all of Harry Price’s many cases, that of the spirit child ‘Rosalie’ is without doubt the most astonishing and controversial. In 1939, Price claimed to have recently visited a private home circle at a house in London where, under impressive conditions of control, he experienced the solid materialisation of a six-year-old girl who had been dead for over fifteen years. Subsequently championed by many Spiritualists as powerful proof of survival and at the same time derided by contemporaries within the Society for Psychical Research as a publicity stunt, the ‘Rosalie’ séance has remained an enigma for almost eighty years.
Was Harry Price telling the truth? Had he himself been fooled by a clever trick? Or was ‘Rosalie’ genuine evidence of the reality of both life after death and spirit materialisation? In this book, Paul Adams, co-author of The Borley Rectory Companion, offers the most detailed, original and comprehensive study undertaken of Harry Price and ‘Rosalie’. Extensively researched and compiled from numerous sources including the Harry Price archives at the University of London as well as private and unpublished collections, this is the true story of one of psychical research’s most enduring and engaging mysteries.
About the author
Paul Adams was born and grew up in south-west London. Through an eclectic mix of children’s fiction, Hammer Films and visits to haunted houses, he has been interested in psychical research and the paranormal since the 1970s. Personal experience in both public and private home circles also created a specific interest in physical mediumship and similar séance room phenomena.
He has written articles on mediumship for Psychic News and Paranormal magazine and is the co-author of The Borley Rectory Companion (2009) and Shadows in the Nave (2011), a guide to the haunted churches of England, as well as Ghosts & Gallows (2012), an account of true crime cases and the paranormal, Written in Blood (2014), a history of vampirism in British culture, and several regional books of British hauntings. He lives in Luton, Bedfordshire.
Publisher: White Crow Books
Published February 2017
Size: 229 x 152 mm