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Ghost book haunted!

Story by T. D. Bradly

Some believe that any inanimate object such as a book can become haunted and or cursed! Just by having such an item in your home library or possession can spark paranormal occurrences. Whether it is possessed or just the vehicle of a enraged ghost or poltergeist the haunted book is still part of our popular culture. Though you can't find them on the internet or ebay as of yet these rare haunted volumes still scare the hell out out of people, and not because of the stories that lay within.

We've all heard about haunted libraries, and book stores many think it's associated with the actual building not the many volumes of bound paper and leather that line the shelves. Many Paranormal investigators are taking a new look into the subject behind these hauntings. And the proof is not in the reading but the actual paranormal activities of the book themselves. People tell of books, that fly across the room... or fall, are or more like thrown at them.

Many Paranormal investigators have now come to the conclusion that it's not the place but the books themselves that may harbor the ghost of their past owners. Many a cherished library has been scattered because of the former owners death. Mary Cornell believes that through her investigations she has come up with the theory that the past owners are making sure their beloved works end up in the right hands. She says that if the wrong person buys the book then then the former owner haunts them until the book is sent on it's way to a more suitable home. Strange as this sounds others are seeing her way of thinking as becoming the truth behind the book hauntings.

Some ghosts haunted books may not be people haunting us from the other side; they could be residual energy or thoughts left over from traumatic or emotional past events concerning the book itself. Ask your self next time you go to a used books store when looking over old discarded books ponder this . Where have they been... what's their history? To hard to Phathom right? What have they witnessed, or who owned them? And why are they discarded? Can a haunted are cursed book bring you bad luck?


Ghost And The Haunted Good Book

One story I heard was of a haunted family Bible that would fall from it's shelf when a family member died and always open to a specific page and verse. Bibles are usually held sacred to very extended degrees. I have heard people say that's my grandmothers Bible she held it when she died I let no one touch it for I feel her soul lies within it.

Many believe bibles, missals and blessed books often have supernatural powers, such as casting out demons and holding the devil at bay.

Before dismissing the claims as patently absurd it might be well to keep in mind the experiences of yet another National Guard unit at a Baton Rouge area marina after hurricane Katrina. According to a report, boats were tossed about like toys and there was’t a shred of trash or paper around except for a single Bible that was found nearby, open to the Book of Revelation.

Perhaps coincidentally, perhaps not, at a nearby church that was almost completely destroyed by the force of Hurricane Katrina another Bible was found, open to the exact same passages in Revelation.

The passages in question are Chapters 10 and 11 that make reference to the “witnesses of God” who will be destroyed:

“. . . And their dead bodies will lay in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom . . . Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves. And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another…”

Of course, the detractors and, in this case at least, even the guardsmen did’t completely read the Bible passage they so quickly held up as an epitaph for drowned New Orleans. Had they done so they might have found a more hopeful message:

“Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them ‘Come up here.’ And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them . . . and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven.

Ghost they are common in scripture, if you look for them mentioned within the bible. One of the first verses that most are aware of is in I Samuel 28:15, where Saul has a medium, "call up" the prophet Samuel from the other side of the grave:

"And Samuel aitch to Saul, Why hast thou troubled me, to bring me up?"

Many say in the hills of the Appalachians that family bibles are haunted by their previous owners and should be buried with them not kept and passed on.


'Anatomy' of a Haunted Book

The book disappears, the pages flip by themselves. It makes strange noises. Some say the story or text sometimes changes and no matter how many times you try to read it it never makes sense.

Before television and radio books were the only escape from the mundane world. Flights of fantasy dreams of a world of peace and serenity. What a better place to haunt them the real world. Often old Manuscripts hand written by Monks are said to be haunted and are the great scribbled works of many a great author. To those that believe that a persons soul is held by their physical writings and love for their art enduring cause them to haunt their works.


Old Woman Reading a Bible
c. 1630
Oil on wood, 71 x 55,5 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

People have been haunted by books that they read, The exorcist, and the works of Steven King send chills down their spines, even the Bible. Does the haunted stigma arise from the fear the stories instill? You have probably heard someone in your life time tell of a spooky novel about haunted houses that just scares them so much that they fear the book itself.

Many believe answers are hidden in books says Bobby Nutt a paranormal investigator from Alabama. “I’ve seen strange things I can’t explain,” he said, “ but I couldn’t say positively that it’s a ghost or a haunted book .” On one adventure in Utica New York he saw “an orange, nebulous shape that appeared in front of a book on a stand and at the same time the book opened on its own to a photo of the buildings owner.”In his thoughts he considered was it a ghost pointing out who he was, or a haunted book itself?

Nutt recommends taking along company on such quests — so sightings can be verified

"We all know that secrets are often hidden in books, from the writings to 100 dollar bills tucked between pages. Books have even been used as murder weapons. "


Cursed Books

A book curse was the most widely-employed and effective method of discouraging the thievery of manuscripts during the medieval period. It was one of these laws that copyright laws and penalties from plagiarism have descended from. Many of these curses vowed that harsh repercussions, often to do with religion, would be inflicted on anyone who appropriated the work from its proper owner. One example from a book in the monastery of San Pedro in Barcelona reads as follows:

For him that stealeth, or borroweth and returneth not, this book from its owner, let it change into a serpent in his hand and rend him. Let him be struck with palsy, and all his members blasted. Let him languish in pain crying out for mercy, & let there be no surcease to his agony till he sing in dissolution. Let bookworms gnaw his entrails ... when at last he goeth to his final punishment, let the flames of Hell consume him forever.

Most curses were scribed in the script's colophon. A colophon, in publishing, is a brief description usually located at the end of a book, describing production notes relevant to the edition. In most cases it is a description of the text typography, often entitled A note about the type. This will identify the names of the primary typefaces used, provide a brief description of the type's history, and a brief statement about its most identifiable physical characteristics. A colophon may also identity the book's designer, software used, printing method if letterpress, the printing company, and the kind of ink, paper and its cotton content. Detailed colophons are a characteristic feature of limited edition and private press printing.

Bad Luck Books

Luck is often regarded as a superstition, but it can be interpreted in many ways. There is also a series of spiritual, or supernatural beliefs regarding fortune. These beliefs vary widely from one to another, but most agree that luck can be influenced through spiritual means by performing certain rituals or by avoiding certain circumstances or objects.

Have you ever purchased a book marking its arrival with much anticipation only to find upon receiving it that a serious problems occur just by having it in your possession? This is the tale about having sacred text or magic books in ones possession, or so it has been noted over the years.

The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage, edited by S. Liddell MacGregor Mathers was said to be cursed. Those who had a copy of it in their possession are still to this day said to be haunted and hurt by it's power. This interesting grimoire was published by S.L. Mathers in 1898, and a second edition was published in 1900 by J.M. Watkins, London. Aleister Crowley also considered it of great importance and underwent the operation described within and often noted to others that the copy he owned was haunted by the spirits it told of. Hence he deemed the books printed at the time possessed by an unseen power.




The Lesser Key Of Solomon or The Goetia the Lesser Key of Solomon the King: Lemegeton, Book 1 Clavicula Salomonis Regis was also said to doom those who just kept a copy on their bookshelf. Many said their life got better just by burning or giving the book away. Some say if a person was having a run bad luck the bookshelves would be search first, and if any suspect haunted or cursed volumes were discovered they would be removed and properly disposed of and the curse would be broken.

During the 1970's a haunted story tells that well known paranormal investigator became aware of such cursed volumes and set out to prove it was not true. The story goes that he changed his mind very quickly when one of the cursed books supposedly attacked him sending him to the hospital.

Another tale tells of a budding young occultist who received the book from his friend who died. Within two days he also died after receiving it and so on ass the book passed from person to person until it was finally destroyed. or so the urban legend goes.

The Necronomicon

The Necronomicon is a fictional book from the stories of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. It was first mentioned in Lovecraft's 1924 short story "The Hound", written in 1922, though its purported author, the "Mad Arab" Abdul Alhazred, had been quoted a year earlier in Lovecraft's "The Nameless City". Among other things, the work contains an account of the Old Ones, their history, and the means for summoning them. Often called by many the most cursed are haunted writings in the world.

Other authors such as August Derleth and Clark Ashton Smith also cited it in their works; Lovecraft approved, believing such common allusions built up "a background of evil verisimilitude." Many readers have believed it to be a real work, with booksellers and librarians receiving many requests for it; pranksters have listed it in rare book catalogues, and one smuggled a card for it into the Yale University Library's card catalog.

Capitalizing on the notoriety of the fictional volume, real-life publishers have printed many books entitled Necronomicon since Lovecraft's death.

The Necronomicon is mentioned in a number of Lovecraft's short stories and in his novellas At the Mountains of Madness and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. However, despite frequent references to the book, Lovecraft was very sparing of details about its appearance and contents. He once wrote that "if anyone were to try to write the Necronomicon, it would disappoint all those who have shuddered at cryptic references to it."

Book of Shadows

A large collection of articles and spells gathered and often hand written by solitary witches often a magical working diary or journal. The Book of Shadows is also known as the religious text of Wicca, containing the core rituals, practices, and wisdom of a Wiccan tradition. It is normally copied by hand from that of one's initiator (High Priestess or Priest), who copied it from his or her initiator.

A fictional book of shadows is featured in the television series Charmed; it bears little resemblance to the Wiccan Book of Shadows beyond its name. It has a triquetra on the front of the cover and can protect itself from demons and other evil.

In the film The Craft the Book of Shadows is described as a book in which a witch keeps her "power thoughts". And many have been said to be haunted by spells, specters, ghost and devils!


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