Thursday, October 4, 2012

welcome to pheneas speaks

welcome to pheneas speaks: a blog for the paranormal & the bizarre. this blog is named after a work entitled pheneas speaks: direct spirit communications in the family circle by the creator of sherlock holmes, sir arthur conan doyle. this work was named for the spirit conan doyle believed was his guide in the afterlife, a spirit by the name of pheneas. sir arthur conan doyle became an ardent spiritualist around 1915, and wrote several works on the topic of spiritualism, many of which are available online for free as they are in the public domain. I have adopted the name for this blog because for me sir arthur conan doyle as an individual embodies so much of what the study of the paranormal and the supernatural involves - scientific rationalism, a healthy skepticism of popularly accepted answers to the questions concerning life's greatest mysteries, and a willingness to accept the unusual and the unpopular notions. the spiritualist movement of conan doyle's day is not unlike the study of the paranormal today in that both have been relegated to the fringes of society. on this blog I will post about everything from urban legends and horror stories to spirit photography and spiritualist works. this blog is for those who have a curiosity or an interest regarding the paranormal and the bizarre - for skeptics and believers alike. I hope you will enjoy your stay.