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Michael Gallagher is the author of two series of novels set in Victorian times. “Send for Octavius Guy” chronicles the attempts of fourteen-year-old Gooseberry—reformed master pickpocket—to become a detective, aided and abetted by his ragtag bunch of friends. “The Involuntary Medium” follows the fortunes of young Lizzie Blaylock, a girl who can materialize the spirits of the dead, as she strives to come to terms with her unique gift.
For twenty-five years Michael taught adults with learning disabilities at Bede, a London-based charity that works with the local community. He now writes full time. Follow Octavius Guy @sendforOctavius. Author photo courtesy of Elaine Jeffs.
on Sep. 29, 2016 :
Spiritualism! A subject touch upon by Michael Gallagher in this eye-opening book " Why the Victorians Saw Ghosts!"
Did you know Mr. and Mrs. Abe Lincoln were spiritualists and held seances?
Spiritualism and seances predate back to the 1800's. Originating in private quarters by the middle class , and later as public professional affairs.
The Fox sisters began public sittings at the Barnms Hotel in New York in the 1850's. For many years they made a living by performing seances. These are just some of the great people you will encounter while reading about the spiritualists in this book. Some had real proven capabilities, others were uncovered con artists.
The fun historical aspect is each generation clings onto the hope of rekindling the spirits to seek comfort in our deceased loved ones. Other patrons curiously wait for levitation or movement of objects with no assistance.
The house is haunted, at least one neighborhood has a legend.
Tapping , rapping, noises, footsteps, and ghostly, ghastly spirits haunting the grounds.
As we enter into the beginning of October, the perfect time arises to read about the past spiritualists and their encounters with ghosts. A short entertaining read packed with historical knowledge.
Thank you for providing this read for me in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. I love the spirit world and have experienced my own encounters and tales of unexplained events.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)