Edward T. Bennett's accounts of communication with supernatural spirits draw on decades of research and practice. This edition includes his original illustrations adapted from the sketches of mediums and psychics.
The author was fascinated by the spiritualist movement and the popular phenomena of seances, wherein a talented medium attempts to communicate with spirits in the presence of others. This book contains select accounts of the most famous incidents involving mediums and apparent manifestations of spiritual forces - these supernatural events were numerous, and Bennett aims to recap the best of them.
The ability to encourage spirits to move objects, produce noise, or manifest as visual apparitions was considered a profound gift - the most talented spiritual mediums would frequently offer their services to the public in the late 19th century. Other related phenomena, such as the growth in spirit photography, and the ability of mediums to sketch drawings or messages from spirits while in the midst of a clairvoyant trance, are discussed.
Professionally, Bennett worked as a botanist. Active in the spiritualist movement, he was one of the foremost researchers of the British National Association of Spiritualists.
Whether readers interested in receiving messages from the spiritual realms beyond our own, or simply want to gain an impression of the history of these occurrences, Bennett's Psychic Phenomena is a fine resource.