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Strange Guests

by Brad Steiger

Trade Paperback, 168 Pages

$14.95, ISBN: 1933665173

Genre(s): Paranormal

Poltergeists are the most physical and tangible phenomena in the field of paranormal research. “Poltergeist” is German for a noisy ghost, an entity that can throw objects, toss furniture around the room, and even attack people.   Some poltergeists have demonstrated incendiary abilities and caused fires. In certain instances, poltergeists have developed voices that give evidence of a clever, mischievous intelligence behind the phenomenon. 

For thousands of years, poltergeist victims, exorcists, clerics, and psychical researchers have debated whether the frightening, violent disturbances are caused by ghosts, demons, elementals, or some burst of psychokinetic energy released by the human mind in an expression of frustration, hostility, repression, or corrupted creativity.  

In 1965, Brad Steiger's newspaper column on the paranormal attracted the attention of Ivan T. Sanderson, noted zoologist, Fortean, and explorer of the strange and unknown. Sanderson encouraged Steiger to write a book dealing exclusively with poltergeist cases, and with Sanderson as his mentor, Steiger agreed to enter the eerie reality that is the domain of the most bizarre phenomenon in all of psychical research.  

About the Author:

Brad Steiger's first explorations of the strange and unexplained appeared in 1956. He is the author/coauthor of 164 books in the paranormal, UFO, and prehistoric mystery fields, including such titles as Mysteries of Time and Space, Project Blue Book, Revelation: The Divine Fire, Conspiracies and Secret Societies, and Shadow World.

Released originally in 1966—now with a Foreword by Loren Coleman and an Afterword by Brad Steiger—Strange Guests has the distinction of being the first of Steiger's now more than 160 books that dealt exclusively with the paranormal.   


New Foreword by Loren Coleman

Introduction by Ivan T. Sanderson

Home Is Where the Haunt Is

The Hammering Fist of Calvados Castle

Satan and the Farmer’s Daughters

The Poltergeist that Killed

The Bug-Eyed Monster’s Invisible Fangs

Jef the Magic Mongoose

The Poltergeist that Loved to Dance

Esther Cox’s Demon Lover

Possessed by the Poltergeist

Mary Jobson’s Strange Voices

The Vicious Devil of Borley

The Disrespectful Poltergeist of Epworth

The Gray Man of Hinton Ampner

Invisible Firebugs

Poltergeists, Pebbles, and Physics

The Stone-Throwing Devil

The Phantom Marksman of Kokomo

Who Threw Those Rocks?

Poltergeist of the Andes

A Spook Makes a House Awfully Crowded

“Popper” Moves to Long Island

The Uninvited Lodger

The Haunted Christmas Quilt

There’s Someone in the Cellar

The Cop Who Chased a Ghost

The Poltergeist of Slawensik

The Army Store’s Walking Boots

The Poltergeist that Came to the Of?ce

The Drummer of Tedworth

Peckham’s Pesky Poltergeist

A Most Unusual Maid

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What they're saying:

"Strange Guests will force you to completely rethink the poltergeist phenomenon. Brad Steiger explores both legendary and obscure ghost cases from around the world as only he can. His gripping narrative style takes readers inside the haunts and explores the poltergeist activity from the perspective of the witnesses who (mostly) lived through it. Throughout the history of paranormal research, there are very few who can match the credibility and reputation of Brad Steiger." — Jeff Belanger, Founder of and author of The World's Most Haunted Places

“Brad Steiger is the master storyteller extraordinaire when it comes to true tales of the supernatural and of unexplained occurrences. This prolific and highly acclaimed author truly has no real equal in this branch of the literary field. Strange Guests is a genuine early Steiger classic about legendary poltergiest cases like the Bell Witch, Slawensick Castle and many other haunting tales that should definitely send innumerable chills and shivers up and down your spine!” — Brent Raynes, Editor of Alternate Perceptions and author of Visitors From Hidden Realms

"Steiger has made a judicious selection...his style of reporting is fresh...This is a valuable collection of poltergeist reports, well written and informative." — David Techter, Fate Magazine

"[The book] is written in an involving style that gives the reader the feeling of being present during the action....This reprint edition...has bonuses...[including] a new afterword by Brad Steiger...a good introduction to the topic [of poltergeists]." — Peter Hassall, Fortean Times


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