The haunting of Alma Fielding : a true ghost story / Kate Summerscale.
- ISBN: 0525557938
- ISBN: 9780525557937
- Physical Description: 1 online resource
- Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2021.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Prologue -- Part I: The ghost hunter. The crack in the teacup -- Feel my heart -- Things are not that simple after you die -- Where the facts are fantastic -- Something is moving -- Part II: The ghost hunt. Fear! We swim in it -- If there are devils -- The face in the mirror -- Knocks on the cupboard -- Mrs. Fielding's mouth was a round O -- A push, a punch, a kiss -- The potato-wine projection -- I want to be nasty -- The fastest invisible rays -- Part III: The ghost. Who is this little child? -- The cunning of ten thousand little kittens -- All dreams are true -- We are body -- Boo! -- A lane to the land of the dead -- Epilogue.
"London, 1938. In the suburbs of the city, a young housewife has become the eye in a storm of chaos. In Alma Fielding's modest home, china flies off the shelves and eggs fly through the air; stolen jewellery appears on her fingers, white mice crawl out of her handbag, beetles appear from under her gloves; in the middle of a car journey, a turtle materializes on her lap. The culprit is incorporeal. As Alma cannot call the police, she calls the papers instead. After the sensational story headlines the news, Nandor Fodor, a Hungarian ghost hunter for the International Institute for Psychical Research, arrives to investigate the poltergeist. But when he embarks on his scrupulous investigation, he discovers that the case is even stranger than it seems. By unravelling Alma's peculiar history, Fodor finds a different and darker type of haunting, a tale of trauma, alienation, loss and revenge. He comes to believe that Alma's past has bled into her present, her mind into her body. There are no words for processing her experience, so it comes to possess her. As the threat of a world war looms, and as Fodor's obsession with the case deepens, Alma becomes ever more disturbed. With characteristic rigor and insight, Kate Summerscale brilliantly captures the rich atmosphere of a haunting that transforms into a very modern battle between the supernatural and the subconscious"-- Provided by publisher.
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