21.6 x 13.8 cm. viii, 176 pp. illus. Our 1995 pbk of the 1978 edition published by W.H.Allen
The Strangers is an enthralling tale by Matthew Manning, a man of unique psychic abilities, and a famous healer.
In this book he describes the amazing and frightening poltergeist phenomena that took place at his home in the early 1970s, and the remarkable portrait of the life and times of a previous occupant of the house, Robert Webbe, that Matthew and his family were able to piece together, mainly through Matthew's automatic writing, and the amazing set of "halfe of a thousand" signatures that appeared on the walls of his father's study.
Starting through a major attack of poltergeist activity in the family home, in which furniture would be speedily moved about or balanced on top of each other, with things vanishing and reappearing, Matthew found he could reduce the happenings by automatic writing, and it was through the writing that messages came from Robert Webbe. At times Webbe could see his surroundings, sometimes apologising for frightening people, and at others he was very irritated with these people who were in his house, unaware that he was in another century and no longer owned it. He would remove items belonging to the Mannings which it was occasionally very difficult to get him to return, and sometimes give them presents in the form of "apports". On one memorable occasion Webbe appeared in solid form to Matthew who handed him a small wooden clog, which vanished with him. It is small wonder that many visitors, including researchers into the occult, were extremely frightened by what they saw; yet Matthew has recorded the events with understanding and humour.
The Strangers may be considered one of the outstanding works of its kind to have been written this century.