Playfair, Guy Lyon (1935-)

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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.