Why the Victorians Saw Ghosts: An Illustrated Guide to
19th Century Spiritualism

That evening in the dimly-lit library, with the medium’s selection of musical instruments set out before them, the company once more joined hands and again the lights were extinguished. Suddenly the sound of a drum was heard, hovering high above their heads. This is Noah Brooks’s own account of what happened next:
“Loosening my hands from my neighbours’, who were unbelievers, I rose, and, grasping in the direction of the drumbeat, grabbed a very solid and fleshy hand in which was held a bell that was being thumped on a drum-head. I shouted, ‘Strike a light!’ My friend, after what appeared to be an unconscionable length of time, lighted a match; but meanwhile somebody had dealt me a severe blow with the drum, the edge of which cut a slight wound on my forehead.”

Originally conceived as a blog to accompany Gallagher's historical YA novels, this guide provides a great introduction to the fascinating phenomenon of 19th Century spiritualism. If you can't tell your materializations from your Mumlers, or never realized just how physical ghost-grabbing could get, then this may well be the perfect book for you—or you can read it here online!

Cover photographs by Mathew Brady and Douglas Derry
Cover design by Negative Negative
Published by Seventh Rainbow Publishing, London
RRP: US$0.99; UK£0.99