Interest Tobin's Spirit Guide by Magnoli Props!

Don't worry... I'm a stickler for this kind of thing. I've already tweaked some of the RPF text to bring it more in line with the period the book should have been written. There will be no mention of Ghostbusters, marshmallow men, or any other anachronistic details that might ruin the illusion. The end result should really look like an old tome from the 1920s.
That’s reassuring, and you’ve put my fears in perfect words. The illusion of having this be an authentic book from the period is as much a selling factor as the visual appeal!

Coming from Ireland, there’s a long history with spiritualism and occult. I’m happy to start pulling some texts together. Banshees for example are one of our most famous ghost stories that I would imagine would be documented in this type of book!
Here are the articles we have so far:

PREFACE (Introduction by Tobin)
- Adze
- Amadlozi
- Amon
- Apshai
- Asanbosam
- Benu Bird
- Caligorant
- Egbere
- Egyptian Curses
- Guardians of the Canopic Jars (Selkis, Isis, Neith, Nephyhys)
- Guayota
- Hatshepsut
- Ka
- Khonsuemheb
- Kishi
- Mbwiri
- Mertseger
- Obambo
- Obayifo
- Obia
- Ogbanje
- Ra
- Ral
- Sebek
- Sphinx
- Tikoloshe
- Vual
- Yusuv Al-Zuras
- Zar
- Abaddon
- Abraxas
- Adrammelech
- Agares
- Amdusias
- Ark of the Covenant
- Asmodeus
- Astaroth
- Azetlor
- Baal
- Barbatos
- Basty
- Beelzebub
- Behemoth
- Beleth
- Belphagor
- Caim
- Chalkydri
- Div
- Djinn (Genies)
- Dybbuk
- Eligos
- Enbilulu
- The Four Horsemen
- Gaap
- Gelin
- Gemory
- Ghoul
- Golem
- Hortdan
- Humbaba
- Ifrit
- Ipos
- Kormos
- Lilith
- Lucifer
- Malphas
- Mammon
- Marchosias
- Marduk
- Marid
- Mazzikin
- Mesopotamia (first ghost story, spirit traps)
- Moloch
- Nasnas
- Necronomicon
- Nebo
- Orobas
- Paimon
- Pazuzu
- Rabisu
- Ronove
- Shaitan
- Shamash
- Shax
- Sheol
- Stolas
- Valac
- Xaphan
- Zaebos
- Asura
- Aswang
- Babi ngepet
- Banjhakir
- Bhoota
- Bunian People
- Chinese Ghosts
- Chinese Gods
- Churel
- Daayan
- Devil Bird
- Egg Ghost
- Faceless Ghost
- Fengdu Ghost City
- Gashadokuro
- Hantu Raya
- Hindu Pantheon (Vishnu, Shiva, Brahma, Ganesha, Kali, Garuda, Ganga)
- Hitodama
- Humpback Spirit
- Ikiryo
- Inugami
- Jenglot
- Kappa
- Kichkandi
- Korean Virgin Ghost
- Krahang
- Kumbhanda
- Lady Nak of Phra Khanong
- Langsuyar
- Leyak
- Lo-Pan
- Maha Sona
- Naga
- Nang Tani
- Nats
- Onryo
- Pelesit
- Penanggalan
- Pishachas
- Pocong
- Ravana
- Siliman
- Thaye
- The Three Fastidious Men (the Sensitive One, the Gourmet, the Hypocrite)
- Tiyanak
- Vetala
- Water Ghost
- Wewe Gombel
- Yaksha/Yakshini
- Yokai (ayakashi, nure-onna, obake, rokurokubi)
- Yurei
- Aos Si
- Banshee
- Balrog
- Beira the Cailleach
- Bird of Kildarby
- Black Dog (Hound of the Baskervilles)
- Bloody Mary
- Boggart & Pantry Spirit
- Boogaloo
- Borley Rectory
- Breuse sans Pitie
- The Brown Lady
- Caliban
- Canterville Ghost
- Christmas Carol (Jacob Marley, Ghosts of Christmas Past/Present/Future)
- Crowley
- Dead Men of Dunharrow
- The Drummer of Tedworth
- Dullahan
- Four Eyed Cat
- Glenluce Devil
- Grateful Ghosts
- Gremlins
- The Grey Lady
- Hrothbert of Bainbridge
- Jack O' Lantern
- Edward Kelley
- Kelpie
- Nazgul
- The Night Travellers
- Nuckelavee
- Puck
- Rerrick Poltergeist
- Restless People
- Samhain
- Agnes Sampson
- Serthrek'nish
- The Sexton
- Sweet William's Ghost
- Tenebraug
- Tregeagle
- Valar
- Weird Sisters
- Will-o-the-Wisps
- Wulver
- Achira
- Athenian Spectre
- Barrow-Wights
- Basileus (13 Ghosts)
- Buckriders
- Buer
- Cenobites
- The Collectors
- Death's Messengers (Grimm)
- Deimos
- Demiurge
- Discernment of Spirits
- Dog-faced Goblin
- Dujonus
- Elementals
- Empusa
- Eurynomos
- Foras
- Foundation Sacrifice
- Dr Victor Frankenstein
- Furfur
- Gargoyle
- Genius Loci
- Germanic Dragon (Worm)
- The Ghosts of Malta
- Gjenganger
- Goblin
- Greek Pantheon
- Grundel
- Hamlet
- Hell (Dante)
- Hudkin
- Kallikantzaros
- The Knights of Alleberg
- Krampus
- Lamia
- Land Wights
- Leonard
- Catalina Lercaro
- Lothgar
- Marabbecca
- Mari-Yvonne
- Mephistopheles
- Minotaur
- Myling
- Naberius
- Norse Gods (Freyja, Frigg, Heimdall, Hel, Loki, Odin, Thor)
- Pandora's Box
- Phoenix
- Poltergeist
- Rahovart
- Saint Benedict Medal
- Sandman
- Santa Compaña
- Shade
- The Shaggy Beast
- Tooth Fairy
- Aristide Torchia
- Trolls
- Count Von Blukenporken
- Vrykolakas
- Weeping Angels
- The Wild Hunt
- Witte Wieven
- Yan-gant-y-tan
- Baba Yaga
- Elizabeth Bathory
- The Buda Pest
- Dhampir
- Domoviye
- Dvorovoi
- Eshmahkie
- The Fool
- Gozerian Cult (Zuul, Vinsclortho, Gozer)
- Iele
- Kikimora
- Leshy
- Moroi
- Muma Padurii
- Peckols
- Pricolici
- Rübezahl
- Rusalka
- Samca
- Spiridus
- Upior
- Valva
- Vampire (Strigoi)
- Vantoase
- Vigo the Carpathian
- Wurdulac
- Zmeu
- Allegheny Arsenal
- Bell Witch
- Betelgeuse
- Bloody Bones
- Calvin & Hobbes
- Candyman
- Captain Lightfoot
- Casper
- Chindi
- Chumboro House
- Crybaby Ghost
- Curse of Chocorua
- Douen
- Dumazu
- Dungarvon Whooper
- Duppy
- Flighty Lucre
- Fort Detmerring Ghost
- The Green Ghost
- Ellen Gold
- Gorgar
- The Haunted Mansion
- Headless French Soldier
- Headless Horseman
- Headless Hunter
- Headless Nun
- Hob Anagarak
- Hollywood Theatre
- Pedro Benedit Horruytiner
- The Hungry Manitou
- Hupia
- It
- Jersey Devil
- Casey Jones
- Kestrel
- Kokopelli
- Knockers
- LaLaurie Mansion
- The Librarian
- Lincoln's Ghost
- Maid of the Mist
- Magnolia Plantation
- Moongazer
- Noises from Nowhere
- Old Book
- Old Tom the Pirate
- Prospect Place
- Qallupilluit
- Queen Esther
- Red Lady
- Ridgeway Ghost
- The Rougarou
- The Sanderson Sisters
- Soucouyant
- Spengler, Zedekiah
- Jabel Stone
- Thunderbird
- Torngarsuk
- Voodoo (Baron Samedi, Loas, Marie Laveau)
- George Washington (Gettysburg Incident)
- Wat
- Wayne, Mad Anthony
- Weeping Arch
- Wendigo
- William Penn Hotel
- Winchester Mansion
- Wizard Clip
- Camozotz
- El Coco
- Crystal Skulls
- Curupira
- Death Whistle
- La Llorona
- La Luz Mala
- La Mano Peluda
- Oiara
- La Sayona
- Siguanaba
- El Sombreron
- Tata Duende
- Tlazolteotl
- La Tulivieja
- Quetzalcoatl
- The Whistler
9-Oceania (The Pacific)
- Aboriginal Spirits (Bunyip, Kudimudra, Mimis)
- Fisher's Ghost
- Garkain
- Maori Spirits (Kehua, Kikokiko, Taniwha)
- Maui
- Min Min Light
- Murray's Ghost
- Taotao Mo'na
- Yara-ma-yha-who
10-Spirits of the Sea
- Ariel
- Blackbeard
- Calypso
- Cthulhu (Deep Ones, Great Old Ones, Elder Things, Shoggoth, Yog-Sothoth)
- Ghost Ships (Bewitched Canoe, Black Pearl, Caleuche, Flying Dutchman, Lady Lovibond, Mary Celeste, Palatine Light)
- Grey Man
- Kraken
- Lake Monsters
- LeChuck
- Lotan
- Mermaids
- Nur-Ab-Sal
- Pelicans
- Sirens
- Bigfoot
- Boogieman
- Byakhee
- The Collectors
- Confused Spirit
- Death Chill
- Demonic Possession
- Dowsing
- Ectoplasm
- Exorcism
- Force Ghost
- Ghost Gang
- The Ghostmaster
- Incubus
- Karro Zans
- Mee-Krah
- Mooglie
- Necksa
- Possessed Objects
- Purgatory
- Sacred Geometry
- Salt
- Shadow People
- Spectrally Animated Clothing
- The Spectral Voyager
- Spirit Guide
- Succubus
- Theophany
- Third Eye
- Vashta Nerada
- Werecreatures

As you can see, the sections are not quite uniform... which isn't a big deal, though at the moment, South America may just get lumped into a generic "Americas" or "New World" section.

If you'd like to provide an article, feel free to post and contact me via PM. This post in the original project lists a TON of article ideas to choose from: Tobin's Spirit Guide! (RESEARCH SIGN-UP POST 364!)

At this point, I just need raw text. We're estimating about 250-500 words per article, though our layout will be quite fluid, so even this has plenty of leeway (one article I have is over 1200 words, for example). Not all entries will require artwork either and we'll be doing some AI generated art, so if you can provide artwork great, but if not no biggie. If you can though, it has to be in the style of an old wood-cut or similar 19th century to early 20th century lineart suitable for black ink printing.

Let's get this project going!

Kind regards,
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I think you will find an incredible source with the book "The Secret Teachings of All Ages" by Manly P Hall. Tobins Spirit guide was based on this book. It was written in 1928 , a Canadian, author, Lecturer, Astrologer and Mystic. If you sandwiched that book, you would have a very authentic guide that goes over 50 chapters , each a book in itself. The Amazon Description: " For once, a book which really lives up to its title. Hall self-published this massive tome in 1928, consisting of about 200 legal-sized pages in 11 point type; it is literally his magnum opus. Each of the nearly 50 chapters is so dense with information that it is the equivalent of an entire short book. If you read this book in its entirety you will be in a good position to dive into subjects such as the Qabbala, Alchemy, Tarot, Ceremonial Magic, Neo-Platonic Philosophy, Mystery Religions, and the theory of Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry. Although there are some questionable and controversial parts of the book, such as the outdated material on Islam, the portion on the Bacon-Shakespeare hypothesis, and Hall's conspiracy theory of history as driven by an elite cabal of roving immortals, they are far out-weighed by the comprehensive information here on other subjects."
The book is used for US Government reference by both the CIA and FBI. Crazy stuff. I am pretty sure Dan Aykroyd would give his approval for this as a partial reference. His family was seriously into this material.

I've started laying out the pages... here are a couple of teaser spread mock-ups:


This is going to be worth every penny...I must say I'm very much looking forward to actually reading it!
Would it also be perhaps cool to have a section related to Cults & Secret Societies. I’ve done some research into some cults and sects that were known to operate in this time and would have worshipped or been devoted to dark gods/demons.

For example, could get a mention of Ivo Shandor in here somehow. Remember in GB1, Spengler mentions he first found the name Ivo Shandor in Tobins Spirit Guide. I know the base text was from a 1904 book so I hope that this isn’t going to be set as publication date for this “publication” As Shandor didn’t start his cult until 1920, and wouldn’t have been doing any of his cults on the rooftop of CPW until after this time.

I would say set the books publication date as sometime in 1930-35 to allow for an entry in Shandors antics!

As for the Multi regional entities. I’m thinking stuff like the Boogey Man, Sandman, Tooth Fairies etc could be listed here…as a lot of mythical creatures that exist in nursery rhymes like those 3 have origins involving dark and mystical
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I've updated the post of the table of contents: Interest - Tobin's Spirit Guide by Magnoli Props!

I'm up to 99 pages so far. At the moment there are no entries for Russia nor South America at all. So we'll need some filler for those, otherwise, I'll just lump those into other sections (Russia with Easter Europe and South America maybe as "The New World" or something like that for all the Americas). Also thinking of adding an Australian/Pacific section...
Ok guys... I've talked to Michael Bergeron, and he's happy for us to pick up the torch from his previous projects:

I'll be sending PMs out to those who offered help, but if I miss you, please drop us a line if you're interested in contributing to this project.

At the moment, I'm formatting the 1903 Encyclopedia of Superstitions that was used in the Afterlife prop and starting to make a template for adding new information in the new style. I'm estimating we'll need about 750 pages to fill this book accurately. I've already got more than enough to fill it up using the 1903 book, but as I started, I thought we might as well do a proper Tobin's along the vein of what Michael had already started, then we could just pad the remaining pages with excerpts from the Encyclopedia.

So, with that being said, and hoping I haven't bitten off more than I can chew... if you're interested in helping, post here and I'll contact you with how you can assist.

Kind regards,
Yeah you're welcome
Oh this looks absolutely wonderful, and what a great idea! I may have some stuff saved on another computer that might be worth contributing, demons/spirits stuff from old books saved from, of things that I stumbled across while on hunts for some other stuff. I'll take a browse over the weekend.

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