Thoughts on Place Memory and Residual Hauntings

In 1890, the parapsychologist Edmund Gurney put forth an idea that he coined place memory. At its most basic level, place memory postulates that certain locations are capable of ‘recording’ emotions, sights, and sounds, particularly during times of extreme stress and trauma. If the conditions are right, these recordings can be played back, creating what can... Continue Reading →

Pennies (and Other Objects) From Heaven

Throughout history there have been cases of strange things raining from the sky, as if some unseen celestial prankster is making merry at our expense. In Gorsky, Russia, 1940, thousands of silver coins tumble to the earth, much to the delight of the local peasants. In Kendarington, England, 1989, a couple in a churchyard witness... Continue Reading →

Notes on the Practice of Seancés

“Dr Gotobed, my friends/colleagues/associates and I are planning to hold a séance, what guidance can you offer us?”  In my line of work, this is the question I receive the most, from thrill seekers, the recently bereaved, and the occasional member of law enforcement. I have one simple piece of advice that I tell everyone who... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on the Paranormal

‘Dr Gotobed!’ I hear you cry. ‘There are no such things as ghosts! Shoals of fish do not just fall from the sky! People do not meet exact duplicates of themselves! The dead do not speak!’ I could go on. My response to that is simple: of all the people I have dealt with over... Continue Reading →

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