Spates Catalog is a valuable source of paranormal information used by the Ghostbusters to gain the upper hand when trapping ghosts. Its specialitiy leaned more towards the occult and secret societies instead of actual spirits. Spates still contains valuable information on the supernatural and was quite helpful to the Ghostbusters when discovering the actions of Ivo Shandor and the Gozer Worshipers to bring back Gozer the Gozerian.
While not as extensive as Tobin’s Spirit Guide, but according to Peter Venkman Spates has better pics, but a LOT more cigarette ads. It’s always important to get information from multiple sources when researching ancient spirits and ethereal entities to ensure accuracy. More often than not, researching specific occults and Deities would be easiest to find based on the catalog listing of Spates than finding it in Tobin’s or the Necronomicon.
Online and Digital Format
While Spates has yet to become public domain, it receives full support and recommendation from Ghostbusters International. This has helped Spates become a New York Times Nonfiction Bestseller with the “Spates Catalog of Nameless Horrors” edition. Like Tobin’s yearly updates have been published but with only a forward by a prominent Ghostbuster.
In the late 2000s, Spates moved to the digial realm with an online subscription service, www.spatescatalog.com, and a searchable PDF version for tablet computers.