Fans have been waiting decades to have their own copy of Tobin’s Spirit Guide. Only casually mentioned in the film the book was used fairly often in The Real Ghostbusters animated series. Though other resources were mentioned, this particular tome became the “go-to” book for referencing whatever ancient paranormal menace the Ghostbusters would face. This is the first official version that’s ever been released.

Similarly to the last book we looked atTobin’s Spirit Guide is supposed to be “in-world”, as in this is a copy the Ghostbusters themselves would own and is sort of an artifact of that reality. In fact the introduction is by Ray Stantz himself, explaining that this is a condensed version he and Egon put together.

Tobin’s Spirit Guide: Official Ghostbusters Edition” is written by Dr. Ray Stantz, Dr. Egon Spenglar, and Erik Burnham, the later fans will know as the writer of the Ghostbusters comic books for the last few years. He is the perfect choice. Kyle Hotz takes illustration duties, and though I do enjoy Dan Schoening’s work on the regular comics (and games) Hotz’s striking black and white illustrations really push the tone of each illustration somewhere dark and menacing. Slimer and Stay Puft are not represented as friendly cartoon buddies here.

The front and back cover design doesn’t betray the idea that this book is not of our world. The only explicit mention of Ghostbusters or the traditional logo on the front or back is on a removable belly band. The bare front cover does feature an extremely stylized Ghostbusters logo but to be honest I’m sure most people wouldn’t even notice that’s what it is. The back cover looks like something that crawled out of the Necronomicon.

The book is hardcover and measures about 9 1/4″ x 7″. The cover also features spot UV gloss on the character portraits in the corners and the “logo” in the center. Presentation is top notch.

The book features articles for more than 40 spirits. Creatures from all over the classic Ghostbusters universe are included, from original film and cartoon series to video game and the recent comic books. From Gozer and Samhain down to possessed objects” like the Fearsome Flush.

Of course the comics keep coming. The classic Ghostbusters continue to meet new threats, and with a new film just weeks away we’ll have a whole new world of Ghosts to catalogue. Maybe we can look forward to Tobin’s Volume 2 someday (if not a Spate’s Catalogue, Roylance guide, or Kemp’s Spectral Field Guide) as the Ghostbusters multiverse continues to expand. Hopefully we won’t have to wait another 30 years!

“Tobin’s Spirit Guide: Official Ghostbusters Edition” is available now via Amazon.