Gef! – The Strange Tale of an Extra-Special Talking Mongoose

Christopher Josiffe


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  • Strange Attractor Press
  • 2021 (new edition)
  • ISBN 9781907222481
  • 456 pages
  • Paperback
  • 21 × 14.8 × 3.3 cm

„I am the fifth dimension! I am the eighth wonder of the world!“

During the mid-1930s, British and overseas newspapers were full of incredible stories about Gef, a ‘talking mongoose’ or ‘man-weasel’ who had allegedly appeared in the home of the Irvings, a farming family in a remote district of the Isle of Man.

The creature was said to have the ability to talk in several languages, to sing, to steal objects from nearby farms and to eavesdrop on local people, such that they became uneasy at the farmer’s seeming ability to be able to tell them their most private goings-on.

Despite written reports, magazine articles and books, several photographs, fur samples and paw prints, voluminous correspondence and signed witness statements, there is still no consensus as to what was really happening to the Irving family.

Hoax? Mental illness? A poltergeist? The possession of an animal by an evil spirit? Now you can read all the evidence and decide for yourself.

In this book lecturer Christopher Josiffe pulls together 7 years‘ worth of research , photographs (many previously unseen), interviews with surviving witnesses and visits to the site to present the first examination of the case for 70 years.

Christopher Josiffe is a regular contributor to Fortean Times and has also been published in Faunus, Abraxas and The Pomegranate. He has presented lectures at (amongst others) the Ghost Club, the Society for Psychical Research, Senate House (University of London), Alchemical Landscape II (University of Cambridge), the London Fortean Society, and the Fortean Times Unconvention.


FOREWORD by Brian Catling

CHAPTER 1: ‘The Mongoose Case’

CHAPTER 2: ‘Dalby Sensation’

CHAPTER 3: From Man-Weasel to Mongoose

CHAPTER 4: “Very Shrewd and Not Easily Hoodwinked”: the Testimony of Captain Dennis

CHAPTER 5: To the Spook House

CHAPTER 6: Voice of the Mystery

CHAPTER 7: At Home with Gef

CHAPTER 8: Earthbound Spirit

CHAPTER 9: Nandor Fodor’s Week on a Bare Mountain

CHAPTER 10: “Charlie, Charlie, chuck chuck chuck”

CHAPTER 11: Hoax?

CHAPTER 12: Poltergeist, talking animal, projection?

CHAPTER 13: Familiars, Fairies and Folklore

CHAPTER 14: Tulpas, Telepathy, and Whatever Happened to the Likely Lad?