Bradley, H(erbert) Dennis (1878–1934)
British author who wrote in support of Spiritualism and
psychic phenomena. He was also a direct voice medium, an
ability he claimed he developed after his experiences with the
medium George Valiantine in America.
The story of his first sittings and Valiantine’s first visit to England
is told in Bradley’s book, Towards the Stars (1924). His second
volume, The Wisdom of the Gods (1925), narrates Valiantine’s
second visit and gives an account of the author’s own séances,
at which many prominent people attended. He was approached
by the Society for Psychical Research (SPR; LonEncyclopedia
of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed. Bradley, H(erbert) Dennis
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don) for test sittings, but, on the advice of his controls, he refused.
Later Bradley declared open enmity to the SPR,
resigned his membership, and in March 1931 issued a pamphlet
of indictment.
Bradley was the greatest propagandist and champion of
Valiantine’s mediumship. He cleared the medium of three exposure
charges, only to launch the most serious accusation
himself in And After, published in October 1931. As a result, R.
Sproull took action for libel against the author, obtained a
judgment with £500 damages, and the book was withdrawn
after July 1932. By now, Bradley’s own enthusiasm had considerably
abated. In an interview to the LondonDaily Express on
October 8, 1931, he declared that the general tendency of Spiritualism
in its present public form was toward evil, that as a religion
it was a farce, and that, nevertheless, ‘‘genuine phenomena
do occur and genuine communication with spirit entities is,
in certain cases, possible and practicable.’’ Bradley died November
20, 1934.

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