Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation.  

I hope the readers will find this list of books useful for Christmas.  

These are old books about psychical research published between the early 1900s and the late 1950s. The writings of individuals such as William Barrett, Raynor Johnson, Joseph Maxwell, Ricardo Musso, Charles Richet, and others, are particularly interesting and informative.

The books are online here: GB (Google Books; HT (Hathi Trust; IA (Internet Archive; IAPSOP (International Association for the Preservation of Spiritualist and Occult Periodicals; and SurvivalAfterDeath | CienciasPsíquicas (

William F. Barrett. (1911). Psychical Research. New York: Holt. [HT, IA, IAPSOP]

Camille Flammarion. (1907). Mysterious Psychic Forces: An account of the author’s investigations in psychical research, together with those of other European savants. Boston: Small, Maynard. [GB HT IA IAPSOP]

Anthony Flew’s (1953) A New Approach to Psychical Research. London: Watts. [IAPSOP]

Raynor C. Johnson. (1956) Psychical Research. London: English Universities Press. [IA IAPSOP]

Joseph Maxwell. (1905) Metapsychical Phenomena: Methods and Observations. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons. (Original work published in French 1903) [GB HT IA IAPSOP]

J. Ricardo Musso. (1954). En los Límites de la Psicología: Desde el Espiritismo Hasta la Moderna Parapsicología [On the Limits of Psychology: From Spiritism to the Modern Parapsychology]. Buenos Aires: Periplo. [SurvivalAfterDeath | CienciasPsíquicas]

Paul Joire. (1916). Psychical and Supernormal Phenomena: Their Observation and Experimentation. London: William Rider. (Original work published in French 1909) [HT IA]

T. Konstantin Oesterreich. (n.d., ca 1921). Occultism and Modern Science. London: Methuen. [HT IA IAPSOP]

Charles Richet. (1923). Thirty Years of Psychical Research: Being a Treatise on Metapsychics. New York: Macmillan. [GB HT IA IAPSOP]

Rudolf Tischner. (1921). Einführung in den Okkultismus und Spiritismus. [Introduction to occultism and Spiritism]. Munich: J.F. Bergmann. [HT]

G.N.M. Tyrrell. (1954). The Personality of Man: New Facts and Their Significance. Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England: Penguin Books. [HT, IA]