The Ghost Hunters Guidebook
I was doing some reading and I stumbled across a book titled "The Ghost Hunters Guidebook" written by the Founder of the American Ghost Society, Troy Taylor. In it I found some interesting pieces I thought maybe some of you would appreciate. You'll be seeing many of the lists posted that can be found in this book. The reason I'm sharing them is because, not only is it interesting to read, but it helps further the knowledge of the team and help us in preparations of upcoming investigations.
From Harry Price’s “The Blue Book”
- Attend carefully to all written and verbal instructions and carry out to the letter.
- Each observer should provide himself with the following articles, in addition to night clothes, etc. Note-block, pencils, good watch with second hand, candles and matches, pocket electric torch, brandy flask, sandwiches, etc. If he possesses a camera, this can be used. Rubber or felt-soled shoes should be worn.
- When going on duty, search the house thoroughly, close and fasten all doors and windows. If thought necessary, these can be sealed.
- Visit all rooms, etc. at intervals of about one hour, unless circumstances call for your presence in any particular part of the house or grounds. Before going on duty at each period, inspect the grounds.
- Occasionally extinguish all lights, and wait in complete darkness (varying your observation post), remaining perfectly still.
- Make a point of taking meals at the same time each day or night. Depart from this rule if circumstances warrant.
- Make the fullest notes of the slightest unusual sound or occurrence.
- Take exact times of all sounds of happenings; also make note of your own movements with exact times. Record weather conditions.
- Frequently examine grounds, and, occasionally, watch windows of house from exterior of building.
- If with companion, both he and you should act in unison (in order to have a witness), unless circumstances determine otherwise. If several observers present, party can be divided between house and grounds.
- For one half hour before, and a half hour after sunset, take up position in Summer House. Remain perfectly quiet, and watch the “Nun’s Walk” on the far side of the lawn. It is this path that a black draped figure is said to be frequent.
- If phenomena appear strong, or if experiencing a succession of unusual events, immediately communicate with one of the persons whose telephone numbers have been handed you. Detail exact happenings. Expert assistance or further instructions, will be sent to you.
- Establish your base in one room, and keep all your equipment, etc. at this post. This will prevent hunting for an article when wanted in an emergency.
- Keep the electric torch IN YOUR POCKET ALWAYS, whether in or out of the house. Be careful with all lights, matches, cigarette ends, etc.
- Should strangers call , be courteous to them. Do not permit them to enter the house; do not encourage them to remain; ON NO ACCOUNT GIVE THEM INFORMATION OR OPINIONS of any sort. This applies to villagers, hotel staff, etc. equally.
- Re: Meals. You should come provided each day with sandwiches, etc. and hot drinks in a vacuum flask. Rest can be obtained on the camp bed provided, but excellent meals and beds can be procured at “The Bull” L------- (2 ½) miles, or at S------ (2 ¼ miles) It should be possible to obtain sufficient rest during the 24 hours, but if two are on duty, take turns at resting, and wake your companion if anything unusual occurs. Leave your car in the appointed place, screened from the road.
- When asked to take charge of instruments, examine them regularly with torch, and record readings and times in note book. Carefully note anything which may appear unusual. Change charts when necessary, marking on each the time it was changed, and date.
- Spend at least a portion of the day and night (in complete darkness) in the Blue Room.
- No observer is permitted to take a friend to the house, unless permission has been given and the necessary Declaration Form signed.
- Your report and notes should be posted to the Honorary Secretary, University of London Council for Physical Investigation, 19 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W.1, as soon as possible after you have completed your “watch”.