5 August 1908
|Died||9 November 1974 (aged 66)|
|Other names||Paul Hefner, Peter Stafford, Christopher Stevens, Paul Tabor (see the footer)|
|Occupation||Author, novelist, journalist, psychical researcher|
Paul Tabori (born Pál Tábori; 5 August 1908 – 9 November 1974) was a Hungarian-Jewish author, novelist, journalist and psychical researcher. He also wrote under the name Peter Stafford. He was the brother of writer and theatre director George Tabori.
Tabori was born on 5 August 1908, in Budapest, Hungary. His father Kornél (Cornelius) was murdered in Auschwitz in 1944, but with his mother he managed to escape the Nazis, fleeing Budapest. Tabori moved to London in 1938 and made his home at Stafford Terrace in Kensington.
He obtained a Ph.D. from Kaiser Friedrich Wilhelm University and graduated as a Doctor of Economic and Political Science at Pazmany Peter University. He later worked as a journalist in Hungary and London.
In The Art of Folly (1961), Tabori included a chapter that documented the fraud of various spiritualist mediums. Stephen Potter in a review wrote the book "gives us one of the best brief accounts I have ever read of the scientific examination of the claims of spiritualists, and the delusions of such great men as Oliver Lodge and Conan Doyle".
Tabori and Peter Underwood in their book Ghosts of Borley (1973) wrote they believed "some of the phenomena were genuine" at the Borley Rectory. The researcher Trevor H. Hall criticized Tabori and Underwood for selective reporting. According to Hall the alleged paranormal phenomena from the rectory were the result of natural causes such as various creaks heard from the movement of rats or the flying of bats in the house; also, pranks such a local village boys throwing stones at the house or tramps trying to keep warm by lighting small fires in the rectory.
Piet Hein Hoebens with Marcello Truzzi evaluated some psychic detective cases in prewar Germany that were featured in Tabori's Crime and the Occult (1974), concluding the cases had been misreported.
Tabori was the vice-president of The Ghost Club for a number of years until his death. Tabori was the literary executor for the estate of British psychic researcher Harry Price and he wrote a biography of Price.
He died on 9 November 1974 at the age of 66.