Anomalist Books - Go to home page Anomalist Logo - Go to homepage
NewsCatalogComing SoonBookstoreAbout Us


The Elusive Force
A Remarkable Case of Poltergeist Activity and Psychokinetic Power

by Anna Ostrzycka and Marek Rymuszko, Translation by Joel Stern

Trade Paperback, 174 Pages, 10 Illustrations

$14.95, ISBN: 978-1-949501-26-1

Genre(s): Psychic Abilities

In the spring of 1983, a thirteen-year-old Polish schoolgirl named Joasia Gajewski suddenly began to exhibit astounding paranormal abilities (often beyond her conscious control) that mystified and frightened the people around her. The inexplicable, often destructive psychokinetic effects she randomly generated (even in her sleep!) met with disbelief, exasperation, and superstitious fear. Attempts by local authorities to ascribe these puzzling events to physical causes (settling of walls, geopathic anomalies, etc.) proved superficial and unsatisfactory.

Eventually Joasia's plight caught the attention of several courageous, open-minded Polish scientists. Over a period of forty months, they administered tests and conducted numerous experiments with her under controlled laboratory conditions. Their detailed studies, though ultimately inconclusive, did succeed in confirming the girl's remarkable powers, which she continued to manifest long after the end of puberty-a singular case in the annals of parapsychology.

"Joasia's case may be one of the most interesting in decades... this book is a valuable addition to the database." - Dr. Richard S. Broughton

About the Author:

ANNA OSTRZYCKA is a Polish journalist and publisher with an interest in unexplained phenomena and extraordinary human capabilities. In 1990 she and her husband founded the New Age magazine entitled Nieznany Swiat (The Unknown World). She also runs a publishing house of the same name and a bookstore-gallery in Warsaw. The Elusive Force, written with her husband, is her first book.

MAREK RYMUSZKO (1948-2019) was a prize-winning reporter, publicist, columnist, and writer. He was the author of several books, as well as a theater play, and co-author of a film script, “Wielka majówka.” Between 1990-2019 he was the editor-in-chief, owner, and publisher of the magazine Nieznany Swiat (The Unknown World), which he founded with his wife, Anna Ostrzycka.

The Translator: For 28 years JOEL STERN was a staff translator/reviewer in the Office of Language Services at the U.S. State Department in Washington. He worked mostly with Slavic languages but occasionally with Hungarian, Rumanian, and German. From time to time he also translated literary works, including the short stories of Polish SF writer Stanislaw Lem and a novella by Soviet satirist Mikhail Zoshchenko.

Foreword by Richard S. Broughton

1. What Happened in Sosnowiec in 1983?
2. Short Circuits, Resonances, False Starts
3. Just Like Us, Only a Little Different
4. First Comprehensive Studies
5. The Cold Eye of the Camera
6. Room 309
7. No Possibility of a Hoax
8. A Flurry of Polish Poltergeist Activity
9. A Final Note

Appendix 1: Hypotheses
Appendix 2: Dr. Egely's Experiment
Suggested Readings

Order the print book from:

In the US:
Outside the US:

In the US, get the eBook instantly from:


This ebook is also available for Kobo eReaders, for the Nook in the UK, and for the Kindle, iPad, and iPhone in many countries around the world.

What they're saying:

"A thought-provoking, quick read, The Ellusive Forceis replete with photographs, interview excerpts with eyewitnesses and even the debunking of other 'paranormal' activity in nearby Polish towns, proving those to be hoaxes. If this type of activity captures your imagination, I suggest you read it — you will most likely find it fascinating." — David Trawinski, Polish American Journal 


We publish both print and digital books devoted exclusively to UFOs, Bigfoot, the paranormal, and other unexplained mysteries.

News | Catalog | Coming Soon | Bookstore | About Us | Contact