When was the last time you read a book? And I don’t mean ‘reading’ like scrolling through your Facebook or catching up on your Instagram, but reading a bona fide novel. A physical object that you hold in your hand and flip through its pages as you wait in line at the grocery store. The weight of it, the paper between your fingers can feel heavy, even when there is nothing written therein. It is almost always either long forgotten on some dusty shelf among other forgotten novels or unopened and gathering dust on top of someone’s dresser.
We all know that books are not just things made out of paper and glue; they are remnants of our pasts, echoes from the lives we’ve lived before. Phasmophobia ghost book is one of those rare books that is neither forgotten nor gathering thin layers of dust on top of someone’s dresser. I should clarify that this isn’t a story about a ghost book, it is a story about ghost books and their relation to the author’s ghosts. As an old reviewer once said “books hold secrets” and this one holds secrets, secret after secret it holds.
Ghost books are legendary, and there are many stories surrounding them, many jokes to go along with them; but I think the primary reason why they are so highly revered is because they serve as a vessel for communication between the living and the dead on a level that transcends normal thought and language.
1. Ghost books are special, but what makes them rare?
Ghost books are like any book, except to the reader. They are filled with stories that have been written by people who previously lived and those stories likely speak to their ghosts which means that it is not only possible but very plausible for ghost books to actually receive a direct revelation of some kind. But these revelations are not always nice ones, in fact they often end up being quite distressing.
At first, I was quite skeptical and even against this idea, as I’m sure many others were as well. However, I have come to learn that the older and more antiquated the ghost book, the better it is. This definitely only applies to certain kinds of books; from my experience, this only occurs with horror stories.
2. Is there such a thing as a “bad” ghost book?
I would say there is not necessarily a ‘bad’ ghost book (you should always read any book that interests you), but just like any other kind of book, some are better than others. I think the most important element when evaluating whether or not a ghost book is good or bad is how well written it is. Ghost books must be well written to the point where normal language and thought are no longer applicable. Often, this is not an easy feat to accomplish, but the more you practice it the better you will become at it.
3. How did ghost books come to be?
I always found a very interesting part of this story: The first ghost book was actually thrown into a pond and was consequently never heard from again, while the last book they wrote together that I’ve read is a short story called “The Sinking Of The Hitty” which is not only my favorite ghost story but also one of my favorite stories in general.
4. Do ghost books ever have an expiration date?
This is another very interesting detail that I found in my research about ghost books: there is a rumor that ghost books only appear to those who are writers or poets and never to common folk. I do not know if this is true, but it seems like a safe bet to make.
5. What is the best way to read a ghost book?
This topic has been hotly debated among ghost writers and readers alike, but it seems the majority of them agree with me on this one: you should never read a ghost book alone, and at least two people should be present during the reading process. I do not know the reason why, but I imagine it is just a very good idea to have an open mind when reading a ghost book.
6. Why do ghost books appear in antique bookstores?
I have found that antique bookstores are much more likely to hold ghost books than your run of the mill Barnes and Noble or your local library. This could be because as time passes by fewer people find value in physical books, which means they are less likely to purchase them for themselves or for their children, which means a lot of them end up in these antique shops eventually. I’m just speculating here, but it seems the main reason why ghost books are more commonly found in antique shops is because they are not as common in general to begin with.