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"I could look for the name 'Zuul' in the usual literature"
"Spates Catalog"
"Tobin's Spirit Guide"

- Egon Spengler and Ray Stantz; Ghostbusters

Spate's Catalog[1] was one of the reference materials used by the Ghostbusters.


Primary Canon History

Just after the founding of the Ghostbusters, the team received a visit from Dana Barrett and heard her story. Ray Stantz mentioned Spates Catalog when suggesting literature from which to research the name Zuul.

Secondary Canon History

T. Watson Spates published an annual periodical, starting in early 1901. It was billed as a compendium of nameless horrors and sensationalized the occult. Spates often chose the most fantastic lore he could find. It found popularity with both students of the occult and those who simply loved reading fiction. It was said to be a favorite of Harry Houdini and H.P. Lovecraft. The periodicals were collected into a compilation titled "Spates Catalog". Spates ended the periodical in 1935 and retired a wealthy man.[2][3]

When Egon Spengler consulted Spates Catalog to cross-reference the readings he took off of Jim Silver, a page suddenly appeared and the text began to fill itself in. It became a complete entry on Idulnas, the entity that was possessing Jim. However, the entry also depicted the deaths of the Ghostbusters. Several weeks later, the Ghostbusters took their copy with them on a flight to Schenectady in order to try and identity the problem at hand. A year and a half later, Ray Stantz and Kylie Griffin used the latest version of Spates Catalog for their research on instances of recurrent child hauntings and supernatural abductions in the last 50 years. Kylie Griffin presented a few selections from Ray's Occult Books to Abby Yates. The Spates Catalog was among them. Abby asked if there was anything on Ley Lines. The books went flying when pressure from a build up of P.K.E. was violently released.



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  1. Screengrab of scene mentioning Spates with Subtitles
  2. 101 Class Notes (2017). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters 101 #5" (2017) (Comic p.24). 101 Class Notes reads: "A more sensationalized reference than its contemporary -- Tobin's - the Spates Catalog is a compilation of an annual periodical published by T. Watson Spates from early 1901 to 1935."
  3. 101 Class Notes (2017). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters 101 #5" (2017) (Comic p.24). 101 Class Notes reads: "It was billed as a "compendium of nameless horrors" (a slight misnomer since, in fact, it gave names to most of the horrors of which it spoke) and was a favorite of both Harry Houdini and H.P. Lovecraft."
  4. Peterson, Sandy, Willis, Lynn & Stafford, Greg (1986). Ghostbusters: A Frightfully Cheerful Roleplaying Game Training Manual, p. 18. West End Games, New York NY USA, ISBN 0874310431.
  5. Narrator (2016). Tor Books- "Ghostbusters Novelization (Holder)" (2016) (Book p.36). Line reads: "First they read the standard "ghost hunter" works: Spates Catalog, Tobin's Spirit Guide, and The Roylance Guide."
  6. Kylie Griffin (2016). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters International #1" (2016) (Comic p.17). Kylie Griffin says: "Wait -- you needed the expanded Spates Catalog, three volumes of Kemp's Paranormal Encyclopedia, and six months of city wide PKE scan logs just to occupy your mind?"
  7. Egon Spengler (2019). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters 35th Anniversary: Ghostbusters" (2019) (Comic p.3). Egon Spengler says: "Or Spates."



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