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Dreaming Murder in Parliament #1: Arthur Speaks October 7, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Dreaming Murder in Parliament #1: Arthur Speaks

This case is a psychic classic that Beach has long wanted to look into. He thought he would begin with a well-written but uncritical account to show just how excited people can get. Cue Arthur Conan Doyle who claimed that this was ‘clear proof of psychic action… though there is some slight confusion about the […]

Edwin Drood and Spirit Resolution January 16, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
Edwin Drood and Spirit Resolution

The Mystery of Edwin Drood is Dickens’ unfinished novel. Half way written when the author died in 1870, it has long offered an opportunity to pot boilers to finish off the novel for themselves – it is essentially a murder mystery – something many have tried, impossible as it is to judge Dickens’ plans for […]

Sherlock Holmes in the Blitz November 3, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Sherlock Holmes in the Blitz

***Dedicated to Stu*** Some wonderful lunchtimes in the last week re-watching the Basil Rathbone (Holmes) and Nigel Bruce (Watson) Sherlock Holmes films, a series that begin in 1939 with the Hound of the Baskervilles and then went on to Dressed to Kill in 1946, with twelve films and numerous radio dramatisations intervening. Lovers of the […]

The Glut of Celebrity in Seances August 21, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
The Glut of Celebrity in Seances

Beach is a complete tyro in seances and spiritualism. But one thing he has always been struck by is the great fortune that spiritualists seem to have in getting hold of really important people. Take the following remarkable list of personalities from a nineteenth-century séance in Naples. Of the spirits who manifested three were in […]

Flying In and Out of Windows July 17, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Flying In and Out of Windows

Forget Padre Pio fighting allied bombers and St Joseph of Cupertino who allegedly flew from the middle of a church to the high altar. The man that really stands out as the great modern levitator is the remarkable Daniel Dunglas Home playing peekaboo at a third floor window in London in 1868. Here is a […]

Missing Holmes July 4, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
Missing Holmes

Yesterday it was flogging, tomorrow Renaissance cannibalism, so Beachcombing thought that today he would indulge in something rather more cerebral and what better than a gentle Invisible Library post? Beachcombing has introduced readers to several Invisible Libraries over the months, books that never existed except as titles in their creator’s imagination. And tonight he thought […]