Playfair, Guy Lyon (1935– )
Writer and investigator concerned with anomalous and
paranormal phenomena. He was born on April 5, 1935, in
Quetta, India and educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge
University (B.A., 1959). After graduation he moved to Brazil
and from 1961 through 1975 was a freelance writer and photographer.
From 1967 through 1974, he also worked for the
Information Office of the United States Agency for International
Development in Rio de Janeiro as a writer. Playfair is a
member of the the Society for Psychical Research, the Society
of Authors, and the College of Psychic Studies.
Although considered by many as a writer on occultism, he
has stressed that his interest actually lies in the ‘‘border areas
of human experience and in anomalous phenomena of all
kinds.’’ As he stated, ‘‘I am not concerned with the ‘supernatural’
but with unexplored areas of nature that are by definition
natural.’’ Playfair is the author of a number of books on the psychic
and related subjects and was also a contributor to the series
The Unexplained.
Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. The Encyclopedia of
Parapsychology and Psychical Research. New York: Paragon
House, 1991.
Playfair, Guy Lyon. The Indefinite Boundary. London: Souvenir
Press, 1976.
———. The Unknown Power. 1975. Reprinted as The Flying
Cow. London: Souvenir Press, 1975.
This House is Haunted: The True Story of a Poltergeist. London:
Souvenir Press, 1980.

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