Ghost Hunters and a Ghost Hunt Book Guide

The following interview and column discuss books related to real ghost hunters and ghost hunting in general. I suppose you could say that these were really written to promote the books. Still, I believe both articles are worthwhile to put here. In fact, the majority of the mentioned books were originally written in English.

Interview with Nanjou Takenori

Do ghost hunters really exist? I want to meet real ghost hunters!

The trend of scientifically investigating so-called ghost phenomena showed a peak since the 19th century in the West. As the influence of Christianity weakened, the scientific and rational eyes turned to the age old question of the afterlife once again . In 1882, the famous “Society for Psychical Research (SPR)” was founded in the UK. Physicists and philosophers, leading personages at that time, joined in great numbers. They were so-called amateur researchers who otherwise held different occupations. Even so, they properly followed scientific procedures, and tried to figure out the true shape of the ghost phenomena.

In the UK there exists a tradition of amateurs shouldering the pioneering field of research. The so-called ghost hunt mystery novels written by novelists Blackwood1)Algernon Henry Blackwood (1869 – 1951) and Hodgson2)William Hope Hodgson (1877 – 1918) hint at the investigations of the SPR and the like. Such movements also propagated to the USA and various countries in Europe. And, for a while they were influential in their own way.

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1. Algernon Henry Blackwood (1869 – 1951)
2. William Hope Hodgson (1877 – 1918)