Wishlist Wednesday: Possessed: The True Story of an Exorcism by Thomas B. Allen

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Possessed The True Story of an Exorcism Thomas B. AllenPossessed: The True Story of an Exorcism by Thomas B. Allen

Details: Paperback, 348 pages
Published: September 1st 2000 by iUniverse

Synopsis: “The Exorcist”, a 1973 movie about a twelve-year-old girl possessed by the Devil, frightened people more than any horror film ever did. Many moviegoers sought therapy to rid themselves of fears they could not explain. Psychiatrists coined the term “cinematic neurosis” for patients who left the movie feeling a terrifying presence of demons. At the Washington premiere, a young woman stood outside the theater, trembling. “I come out here in the sunlight,” she said, “and I see people’s eyes, and they frighten me.”Among the few moviegoers unmoved by the horror were two priests, Father William S. Bowdern and Father Walter Halloran, members of the Jesuit community at St. Louis University. “Billy came out shaking his head about the little girl bouncing on the bed and urinating on the crucifix,” Halloran remembers. “He was kind of angry. ‘There is a good message that can be given by this thing,’ he said. The message was the fact that evil spirits operate in our world.”Bowdern and Halloran knew that the movie was fictional veneer masking a terrible reality. Night after night in March and April 1949, Bowdern had been an exorcist, with Halloran assisting. Bowdern fervently believed that he had driven a demon from a tormented soul. The victim had been a thirteen-year-old boy strangely lured to St. Louis from a Maryland suburb of Washington. Bowdern’s exorcism had been the inspiration for the movie.The true story of this possession, told in Possessed, is based on a diary kept by a Jesuit priest assisting Father Bowdern. The diary, the most complete account of an exorcism since the Middle Ages, is published for the first time in this revised edition of Possessed.

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Wishlist Wednesday: Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz

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Dr. Mütter's Marvels A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine Cristin O'Keefe AptowiczDr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz

Details: Hardcover, 371 pages
Published: September 4th 2014 by Avery

Synopsis: A mesmerizing biography of the brilliant and eccentric medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the country’s most famous museum of medical oddities

Imagine undergoing an operation without anesthesia performed by a surgeon who refuses to sterilize his tools—or even wash his hands. This was the world of medicine when Thomas Dent Mütter began his trailblazing career as a plastic surgeon in Philadelphia during the middle of the nineteenth century.

Although he died at just forty-eight, Mütter was an audacious medical innovator who pioneered the use of ether as anesthesia, the sterilization of surgical tools, and a compassion-based vision for helping the severely deformed, which clashed spectacularly with the sentiments of his time.

Brilliant, outspoken, and brazenly handsome, Mütter was flamboyant in every aspect of his life. He wore pink silk suits to perform surgery, added an umlaut to his last name just because he could, and amassed an immense collection of medical oddities that would later form the basis of Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum.

Award-winning writer Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz vividly chronicles how Mütter’s efforts helped establish Philadelphia as a global mecca for medical innovation—despite intense resistance from his numerous rivals. (Foremost among them: Charles D. Meigs, an influential obstetrician who loathed Mütter’s “overly” modern medical opinions.) In the narrative spirit of The Devil in the White City, Dr. Mütter’s Marvelsinterweaves an eye-opening portrait of nineteenth-century medicine with the riveting biography of a man once described as the “P. T. Barnum of the surgery room.”

Wishlist Wednesday: Witch-Hunt: Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials by Marc Aronson

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Witch-Hunt Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials Marc AronsonWitch-Hunt: Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials by Marc Aronson

Details: Paperback, 288 pages
Published: August 1st 2005 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Synopsis: Salem, Massachusetts, 1692. In a plain meetinghouse a woman stands before her judges. The accusers, girls and young women, are fervent and overexcited. The accused is a poor, unpopular woman who had her first child before she was married. As the trial proceeds the girls begin to wail, tear their clothing, and scream that the woman is hurting them. Some of them expose wounds to the horrified onlookers, holding out the pins that have stabbed them — pins that appeared as if by magic. Are they acting or are they really tormented by an unseen evil? Whatever the cause, the nightmare has begun: The witch trials will eventually claim twenty-five lives, shatter the community, and forever shape the American social conscience.

Wishlist Wednesday: Hauntings and Poltergeists: A Ghost Hunter’s Guide by Loyd Auerbach

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Hauntings and Poltergeists A Ghost Hunter's Guide Loyd AuerbachHauntings and Poltergeists: A Ghost Hunter’s Guide by Loyd Auerbach

Details: Paperback, 144 pages
Published: October 28th 2004 by Ronin Publishing

Synopsis: Explains the theories behind ghostly phenomena from the perspective of parapsychology. Covers whether or not anyone can prove the existence of ghosts. What these hauntings and poltergeists are are and what they tell us about human experience.How knowledge of parapsychological lab research enhances understanding of apparitions, hauntings and poltergeists, both from the perspective of an investigator and the people who encounters them. How investigators can recognize and enhance their psychic abilities. Written by a world-renowned ghostbuster, Loyd Auerbach.

Waiting on Wednesday: Spiritual Alchemy: Scrying, Spirit Communication, and Alchemical Wisdom by Jenny Tyson

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week I picked: 

Spiritual Alchemy Scrying Spirit Communication and Alchemical Wisdom Jenny TysonSpiritual Alchemy: Scrying, Spirit Communication, and Alchemical Wisdom by Jenny Tyson

Details: Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: November 8th 2016 by Llewellyn Publications
Buy it: Book Depository

Summary: Join Jenny Tyson, wife of occult author Donald Tyson, on a remarkable journey of spirit communication and instruction with her two guides—famed Elizabethan magicians John Dee and Edward Kelley.

This fascinating book follows her yearlong training that culminated in an intense, three-day initiation through which her minimal psychic abilities became full-blown clairvoyance and clairaudience. Providing detailed accounts of Jenny’s experiences and the tools she used to contact the other side, Spiritual Alchemy also teaches you how to undertake your own spirit communication. Meet your own spirit guide, develop your psychic abilities, and learn the spirit world’s greatest secrets. With powerful new training methods, a rare interview with Edward Kelley himself, and more, this book revolutionizes the interactions between humans and spirits.

Waiting on Wednesday: Dark Spirits: A Man Terrorized by the Supernatural by Stephen Lancaster

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week I picked: 

Dark Spirits A Man Terrorized by the Supernatural Stephen LancasterDark Spirits: A Man Terrorized by the Supernatural by Stephen Lancaster

Details: Paperback, 240 pages
Expected publication: August 8th 2016 by Llewellyn Publications
Buy it: Book Depository

Summary: Stephen Lancaster has been investigating haunted locations for the past 15 years, and these are some of his darkest cases, which have an eerie connection/familiarity. It also focuses on how the cases/investigations affect his life and what happens when an entity follows you home.

Waiting on Wednesday: A Strange Little Place: The Hauntings & Unexplained Events of One Small Town by Brennan Storr

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week I picked: 

A Strange Little Place The Hauntings & Unexplained Events of One Small Town Brennan StorrA Strange Little Place: The Hauntings & Unexplained Events of One Small Town by Brennan Storr

Details: Paperback, 264 pages
Expected publication: August 8th 2016 by Llewellyn Publications
Buy it: Book Depository

Summary: After a year and a half of research, discovering dozens of stories about ghosts, gremlins, strange lights in the sky, and other paranormal phenomena, author Brennan Storr has come to an unexpected conclusion: his hometown of Revelstoke, British Columbia may well be the most haunted place in Canada.