2062 Faulty Wiring.
Electro Magnetic Field in case you don’t know what EMF stands for. My dad used to use these all the time to test wiring for stuff. Reggie, coming from a family who works in construction, is actually familiar with the intended function of the device, rather than the magical fun time version of its function that became popular with ghost hunting. So this is obviously a little off to him.
I’ve spoken about this before, but when I was little the library where we lived had a series of books on paranormal stuff for kids. Although it was “for kids” in the way that things for kids used to be a lot more graphic, & frankly terrifying, than they are allowed to be now. I’ve never been able to remember the title of the series or find anything out about them, but they were fully illustrated. They were hardbound in that carboard feeling stuff that was then covered in painted fabric, with the dustcovers lost or removed. I vividly remember the painting of a vampire, from some place in the world, chewing on its bloody fingers. There were descriptions of all kinds of supernatural beings & I remember the books being about an inch and a half thick. That town is very far away now. Right about in the center of Kansas. There’s a chance those books aren’t even there anymore. It occurs to me that maybe if I wrote them an email they might look and see for me though. I can’t imagine there’s a whole lot going on in America’s armpit. There certainly wasn’t when I lived there, apart from casual racism and formal bullying. I’d really love to see those books again, but I also don’t want to start doing the things required to start this hunt… There are very few fond memories for me of that town. I did like our house there though. It was only one floor of actual living space, but it was raised really high off the ground, like five feet, on solid concrete. In retrospect probably to make it safe to hid under if the event of a tornado. There was a horrible little concrete bunker that was always full of spiders where we would go when the wind blew. Anyway, no important to the matter at hand.
The guy that used to be my dad’s mechanic in that town got murdered. That’s kind of ghost related. He was fooling around with someone else’s wife & it did not go well for any of them. I have a vague memory of he man. I was just a kid, but he seemed nice enough apart from the adultery. Not someone who deserved death for infidelities. We don’t always meet the fate we deserve though. In fact, people rarely seem to.
Update, Lapi on the discord helped me find the book I was thinking of. Usborne Pocket guide to Monsters, or part of that series at any rate.
That sounds like the Enchanted World Time Life Series..
Similar but not the same.
I also like the Enchanted World book series, by Time Life [R]. :)
The series is from the 1980s, I think.
Here is wikipedia’s article on this book series, if people want to see it:
Well here we have the use of science, wherein some ghost hunters with similar ideas to the Kirlian Aura people insist that every spirit emits an energy signature– which, in theory, would show up with an EMF field… Vs. the use of metaphysics and/or spiritualism, wherein the psychics insist that ghosts are a purely spiritual phenomenon. If ghosts are dead, they won’t have an EMF signature and the spiritualists are right, or they are live spirits (but, still dead people) and they Will have an energy signature. I’m so confused!
I’d go with the former. Psychics can’t be bothered to predict the next winning numbers in the Powerball.
Spiritualists are very good at rapping on tables, and telling you about cryptic things that you should already know. Not so good at powerball numbers, or they wouldn’t need my paltry $50.00. if 50 is the going rate? Dunno the going rate. It’s been a few decades since I tried that.
cool beans about the books. Not totally sure about the generation you’re from but you did at least read books in a library when you were young. That reminds me of my library experience. Quaint little building on the head of our main street. On probably my first excursion downtown by my 10 or 12 year old self. I asked a librarian what to read. God bless her, she directed me to HP Lovecraft’s “The Dunwich Horror”. Come to think of it, it was this time of year as well, Fall. I devoured that book in one afternoon, in a seat that overlooked downtown. Went to the Woolworth’s and bought my own bag of candy corn.
That long ago afternoon started a love affair with horror and sci-fi that has only abated due to my failing eyesight and basic inability to read more than a dozen pages without succumbing to sleep. Your post today reminded me of that.
I prefer audiobooks generally since devoting time to just reading is so difficult, plus if print is very small my eyes can’t track it.
I bet you could message any library reference desk and they’d love to help you track down the book. “Every person their book”
Well, it turns out I don’t need to, but you may be right.
I am glad you found an answer to your book mystery. I was pretty sure you would, throw out a question to enough people and eventually you will find your answer.
Alex somehow put me in mind of the phrase”cuddle pillow bear” don’t think I’ve ever put these words together before, but they’ll probably be going through my head for a while now. Not complaining.
Wow, I think that’s the first time Alex hasn’t been able to come up with a proper response to something! Nice that Reggie, without actually being a jerk, can (I guess) challenge her in some respects!
Would the series happen to be Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark?
It would not, but I should check it out.