From the Lost Archives of the Fairy Investigation Society, Authentic Reports of Fairies in Modern Times
by Marjorie T. Jonhson
Trade Paperback, 388 Pages
$19.95, ISBN: 9781938398261
THIS IS NOT A CHILDREN’S BOOK.
Its accounts of fairy experiences, mostly from the twentieth century, have come from business men and women, housewives, journalists, clergymen, bus drivers, anglers, gypsies, school teachers, university professors, soldiers, artists, authors, poets, musicians, sculptors, actresses, and many others who have seen fairies of various types in houses, churches, and sheds; in gardens, fields, woods, country lanes, and public parks; on moors, hills, and mountains; and even on sewing machines, typewriters, and kitchen stoves.
In 1950 Marjorie T. Johnson became Honorary Secretary of a resurrected Fairy Investigation Society, which had been founded by Capt. Quentin C. A. Craufurd, and she collected accounts of fairies and also angelic beings from many of the members.
In 1955 the Scottish author and folklorist Alasdair Alpin MacGregor collaborated with her in sending letters to the national press asking for further true experiences, and many more were received.
The result is this book, published here in English for the first time. Marjorie Johnson’s only request was that readers peruse the book with an open mind.
Catch the backstory on this unique book in this Nottingham Post story: Recognition at last for woman who saw fairies
Read: An Interview with historian Simon Young on Seeing Fairies
“THIS BOOK IS SPECIAL because it brings together an unprecedented number of fairy sightings…There are here about four hundred sightings from around the world. In short, this is the biggest single collection of fairy experiences ever amassed…Whether fairies are out there (author points to wood, hedgerow, and waterfall) or in there (author points to balding head of middle-aged ‘witness’) then they need to be explained. Marjorie gave us, in these pages, the tools to do just that.”
— from the Introduction by Dr. Simon Young
Introduction by Simon Young
Foreword by Capt. Sir Quentin C.A. Craufurd
Introduction by Marjorie T. Johnson
Chapter 1: Nature Spirits in Gardens and the Countryside
Chapter 2: The Case of the Green Wood Elves
Chapter 3: Water Fairies, Fire Fairies, Tree Spirits, and Banshees
Chapter 4: Fairies in Houses, Fairy Glamour
Chapter 5: More Fairy Experiences
Chapter 6: Fairies of Iona, Fairies Seen by Gypsies
Chapter 7: The John O’London’s Weekly Letters
Chapter 8: The Gnomes of Wollaton Park, Fairies as Imitators
Chapter 9: Animals and Fairies, and Fairies Enlisting the Help of Human Beings
Chapter 10: Transportation of Objects by the Fairies and Fairy Apports
Chapter 11: The Vesting of Psychic Power, Fairy Playmates, and Fairy Photographs
Chapter 12: A Fairy Sanctuary
Chapter 13: Mediums and Fairies, and Fairies in Dreams
Chapter 14: Fairies’ Attachment to Certain Objects
Chapter 15: Fairy Music, and Fairies Dancing to Our Music
Chapter 16: Angels and Angel Music
Chapter 17: Group Spirits
Chapter 17: Epilogue