The Perfume of Egypt and Other Weird Stories by C.W. Leadbeater
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Originally published by the Theosophist Office (1911, 1912: Madras, India).
“The stories told in this book happen to be true. Of course I do not for a moment expect the ordinary reader to believe that…”
...or so Leadbeater’s 1911 forward to these stories began. A clairvoyant writer, Leadbeater’s experience in the liminal spaces of occult phenomena, haunted places, and other tears in the reality-matrix are here localized and explored further through these nine “weird stories.” Largely connected by themes of ghosts and other otherworldly traces, this early twentieth-century volume is a thrilling and insightful exploration of a doubly-thirdhand method of storytelling: the unbodied contact with the beyond and its retelling, of both his own and other’s experiences, in a form of fiction that makes room enough for all to take a step into the unknown.