Book Announcement: Shakespeare’s Ghosts Live: From Shakespeare’s Ghosts to Psychical Research

Shakespeare’s Ghosts Live: From Shakespeare’s Ghosts to Psychical Research now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Hardback, pp370, £70.99 / $119.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Shakespeare’s Ghosts Live: From Shakespeare’s Ghosts to Psychical Research by Annekatrin Puhle and Adrian Parker-Reed.

Shakespeare has been one of the most-cited authors since his plays were performed, and yet little attention has been paid to his views on psychic phenomena. It took another 300 years of paranormal experiences before scholars at Cambridge University helped to found the Society for Psychical Research, which brought scientific scrutiny to the area, and the UK is now a world leader in university research on this topic. This book throws new light on many historical case reports from Shakespeare’s time onwards. It identifies the core experiences that transcend time and give clues to an understanding of psychic phenomena. The book highlights Shakespeare’s insights, showing how these relate to, and even amplify, the conclusions of later and on-going research. In our time of disconnectedness from nature, the book discusses neglected human experiences which represent an important part of life and which do, in fact, occur to most of us. In doing so, the book raises awareness against the emptiness of a zombie-like existence in today’s society and offers a new approach to life and death, and their deeper meaning.

To read a full summary of the book and to read a 30-page sample extract, which includes the table of contents, please visit the following link:

Shakespeare’s Ghosts Live: From Shakespeare’s Ghosts to Psychical Research can be purchased directly from Cambridge Scholars, through Amazon and other online retailers, or through our global network of distributors. Our partners include Bertram, Gardners, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, YBP, Inspirees and MHM Limited. An e-book version will be available for purchase through the Google Play store in due course.

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About the Authors

Annekatrin Puhle holds a PhD in Philosophy from the Free University Berlin with the subsidiary subjects Comparative Indo-European Languages and Cultural Anthropology. She is also a Health Consultant and is educated in various areas of natural medicine. As a researcher, she is specialised in current psychical research, including lucid dreaming, and cultural history. She has authored a number of books and journal articles, and has participated in both radio and television programmes. Her publications include Light Changes. Experiences in the Presence of Transforming Light (2013).

Adrian Parker-Reed was awarded the first Psychology doctorate with a thesis on parapsychology from the University of Edinburgh. During the tenure of the Perrott-Warrick Studentship in Psychical Research at Trinity College, Cambridge University, he co-founded a technique known as the Ganzfeld for reproducing these experiences in the laboratory. Adrian is also a licenced clinical psychologist, having qualified from the Tavistock Clinic. He is Professor in Psychology at Gothenburg University, where his interests in psychic phenomena, hypnosis and dream states are supported. He is the author of the book States of Mind: ESP and Altered States of Consciousness.

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