Tuesday, October 6, 2015

LINK: Conversation with David Jaher

Dorothy Dietrich and Dick Brookz of the Houdini Museum in Scranton have scored a nice Q&A with David Jaher, author of the new book, The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World. Here's a taste:

Q. What was your process for researching The Witch of Lime Street? Was there anything you discovered in the course of your work that you found particularly surprising or intriguing? 
A. I had two main sources of research: letters between the various characters and scientists, which involved a thorough search of various archives in the United States and England; and a trove of major newspapers and magazines of the day. What particularly surprised me was how famous Margery, now largely forgotten, was in the 1920s. There are periods, such as the summer of 1924, where she is a front page fixture on the major newspapers in New York and Boston. Another aspect that surprised me was the level of interest at that time in the supernatural. Most people don't associate the Jazz Age with psychics and séances, but it was a time when there was an occult renaissance.

CLICK HERE or on the headline to read the full interview at the Houdini Museum website.

David has also launched an author's Facebook page where you can find links to more interviews and reviews. A full list of his upcoming book signings can be found at the official Witch of Lime Street website.

The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World can be purchased at Amazon.com (U.S.) and Amazon.co.uk (UK). It's also available as an Unabridged Audiobook.

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