Elsa Barker was an American writer and occultist. In 1912 she started producing texts by automatic writing which appeared to come from the recently deceased David Patterson-Hatch- a barrister and judge in the superior court of Santa Barbara. The first collection deals with the soul's life on the astral, the second with the Great War from the perspective of a disembodied adept and the third with the destiny of America. They're lively and anecdotal and if the afterlife isn't like this it should be.
Do I believe the cover story? David Hatch's son did. That's good enough for me.