This House is Haunted: The True Story of the Enfield Poltergeist

Front Cover
White Crow Productions Ltd, 2011 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 296 pages
12 Reviews

Now the subject of two major Movies, “The Enfield Haunting” and “The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist

On August 31st 1977, normal life ended for Mrs Harper and her four children in their modest council house in a hitherto quiet corner of the north London suburb of Enfield.

Compared to what was to come, the initial phenomena were relatively minor – knockings on the walls, and pieces of furniture moving in ways that did not seem normal.

The neighbours came in and searched the house, finding all in order, though they too heard the knocking. The police were called, and were able to witness a chair sliding along the floor. The disturbances went on, getting more intense and more frightening. They were eventually witnessed by at least thirty people.

They included examples of everything a poltergeist can do – overturning chairs and tables, flinging things about, whipping off bedclothes, levitating one of the girls in full view of passers-by, making her speak with the voice of an old man and defying the laws of physics by passing matter through solid matter.

Much of this bewildering and often terrifying activity was captured on tape and film by Maurice Grosse of the Society for Psychical Research and his colleague Guy Lyon

Playfair, who were on the case within days of its outbreak stayed on it until it finally came to an end, with a twist as unexpected and surprising as in any detective story.

No other case of its kind has been so well witnessed from start to finish or so thoroughly documented. Incidents are described as they happened, without embellishment, from some six hundred pages of transcripts of live tape recordings. The story of the Enfield poltergeist is already regarded as a classic in the annals of psychical research. It has been the subject of worldwide press coverage and several radio and television documentaries.





What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
2
4 stars
5
3 stars
3
2 stars
2
1 star
0

Review: This House Is Haunted: The Investigation Of The Enfield Poltergeist

User Review  - Rob Sharp - Goodreads

This was far less interesting then I had hoped. The author does warn you it isn't very exciting at the start, and boy... is he right! I also found myself becoming increasingly annoyed with the ... Read full review

Review: This House Is Haunted: The Investigation Of The Enfield Poltergeist

User Review  - Jeanette - Goodreads

Terrifying. Mainly because this is no Hollywood blockbuster, or Blair Witch project , but a story that I remember hearing about in the seventies. If you scare easily, leave it alone. Read full review

About the author (2011)

GUY LYON PLAYFAIR was born in India and educated in England, obtaining a degree in modern languages from Cambridge University. He then spent many years in Brazil as a freelance journalist for The Economist, Time, and the Associated Press, also working for four years in the press section of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The first of his twelve books, The Flying Cow, in which he described his experiences investigating the psychic side of Brazil, was translated into six languages and became an international best seller. His most recent book is Twin Telepathy. He now lives in London and is a council member of the Society for Psychical Research.

Bibliographic information