Mediums Rare by Richard Matheson SIGNED! [LIMITED FIRST EDITION] 1/750 Cemetery Dance
Mediums Rare by Richard Matheson
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*Special title page has been flat signed by literary legend, Richard Matheson and hand-numbered #189 of only 750 total copies.
Hardcover with dust jacket in excellent condition. Beautiful sharp dust jacket w/ only minimal trace wear housed in protective mylar jacket. Book itself is like new.
Prolific screenwriter and genre novelist has long maintained an interest in parapsychology, telepathy, ESP and the like. His brief and elegantly printed new volume amounts to a lightly fictionalized history and quick, evocative episodes of paranormal abilities from Greek antiquity to those of the renowned American psychic Edgar Cayce.
Most of the episodes in between depict the famous seers, mediums and performers of the 19th century, whose feats Matheson admires.
Margaret and Kate Fox, aged 10 and seven, in 1848 convinced their parents and many other Americans that they were in touch with the ghosts in a haunted house.
Civil War-era medium Nettie Colburn instructed President Lincoln to visit his troops; Matheson thinks she channeled deceased statesman Daniel Webster. New England mediums "Mrs. Leonard and Mrs. Piper" underwent elaborate tests in attempts to prove their psychic connections genuine; William James, for one, was impressed. Harry Houdini used his great stage-magic talents to unmask a bevy of psychic frauds; Matheson describes some, then discusses what he believes are genuine paranormal experiences linked to Houdini. Matheson's afterword repeats his confident claims that the powers he describes are real and pleads for serious study of them. Fans of parapsychology or of the author's esteemed novels may enjoy this lively exploration of topics that so interest a genre legend.