The Edge of the Unknown

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A small, solid iron tank was filled to the top with water. A man was placed in side, water completely covering his body. Over this an iron lid with three hasps and staples was securely locked. The body was submerged...and a clock began ticking off the dread seconds. In less than a minute and a half, the entombed man was standing calmly outside the tank, still dripping the locks had not been touched, the lid was still secure. Once again, the great Harry Houdini had confounded ...
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Overview

A small, solid iron tank was filled to the top with water. A man was placed in side, water completely covering his body. Over this an iron lid with three hasps and staples was securely locked. The body was submerged...and a clock began ticking off the dread seconds. In less than a minute and a half, the entombed man was standing calmly outside the tank, still dripping the locks had not been touched, the lid was still secure. Once again, the great Harry Houdini had confounded scientists and his audience by escaping sure death!

How was it possible for a man, even the world's greatest magician, to survive such a test? His friend, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, thought the answer might lie in spiritualism. And in The Edge of the Unknown Sir Arthur presents astounding evidence that his theory was correct!

Houdini's "supernatural" powers comprised only one area on which the noted master of detective work focused his critical attention. Here Sir Arthur describes in thrilling detail all he uncovered in several decades of psychic investigation.

Because the was convinced for many years that "psychic" occurrences could be explained by natural laws, Conan Doyle was a tough, not-to-be-bamboozled skeptic. The reader will find, then, his testimony especially persuasive encompassing mediums whose bodies produce ectoplasm; weird prophetic dreams; seances with "ghosts" of Lenin, Oscar Wilde, Dickens and other famous people.

But the most amazing and conclusive evidence here is Sir Arthur's personal experience with the psychic phenomena he had so long challenged. The fact that he did see and hear ghostly manifestations on several occasions is the best recommendation for anyone who has any remaining doubts to read this very important book!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589633698
  • Publisher: Fredonia Books (NL)
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was both a doctor and a believer in spirits, which may partly explain why his Sherlock Holmes is one of literature's most beloved detectives: Holmes always approaches his cases with the gentility and logic of a scientist, but the stories are suffused with an aura of the supernatural. Narrated by devoted assistant Dr. John H. Watson, Holmes's adventures were so addictive that fans protested the master deducer's "death" in 1893 and Doyle had to resurrect him.

Biography

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859. After nine years in Jesuit schools, he went to Edinburgh University, receiving a degree in medicine in 1881. He then became an eye specialist in Southsea, with a distressing lack of success. Hoping to augment his income, he wrote his first story, A Study in Scarlet. His detective, Sherlock Holmes, was modeled in part after Dr. Joseph Bell of the Edinburgh Infirmary, a man with spectacular powers of observation, analysis, and inference. Conan Doyle may have been influenced also by his admiration for the neat plots of Gaboriau and for Poe's detective, M. Dupin. After several rejections, the story was sold to a British publisher for £25, and thus was born the world's best-known and most-loved fictional detective. Fifty-nine more Sherlock Holmes adventures followed.

Once, wearying of Holmes, his creator killed him off, but was forced by popular demand to resurrect him. Sir Arthur -- he had been knighted for this defense of the British cause in his The Great Boer War -- became an ardent Spiritualist after the death of his son Kingsley, who had been wounded at the Somme in World War I. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died in Sussex in 1930.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 22, 1859
    2. Place of Birth:
      Edinburgh, Scotland
    1. Date of Death:
      July 7, 1930
    2. Place of Death:
      Crowborough, Sussex, England

Table of Contents

I The Riddle of Houdini 11
II The Shadows on the Screen 49
III Notes From a Strange Mail-Bag 63
IV The Ghost of the Moat 77
V The Law of the Ghost 81
VI Alleged Posthumous Writings of Known Authors 95
VII Some Curious Personal Experiences 111
VIII Dwellers on the Border 119
IX A Strange Prophet 133
X A London Ghost 145
XI The Half-Way House of Matter 151
XII A Remarkable Man 163
XIII The Rift in the Veil 177
XIV A New Light on Old Crimes 191
XV Singular Records of a Circle 209
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