Spiritualism, illusion, mediums, séances, and spirit photography gained widespread popularity during the desperate years of World War I and after, as devastating grief drove people to crave contact with their lost loved ones.
Both Born of Illusion by Teri Brown and In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters capture this "odd and fascinating foray into psychical research and Spiritualism" craze that mesmerized a nation of grieving and hopeful people. Are these powers real? or a sham to exploit money to make a living? What measures will someone take to prove or expose an authentic paranormal phenomenon?
Read about two young ladies who experience powers that confuse and frighten them, and how they come to control these dark gifts and their futures.