"I could look for the name 'Zuul' in the usual literature"
"Spates Catalog"
"Tobin's Spirit Guide"

- Egon Spengler and Ray Stantz; Ghostbusters

Spate's Catalog [1] was one of the reference materials used by the Ghostbusters.


Primary Canon HistoryEdit

Just after the founding of the Ghostbusters, the team received a visit from Dana Barrett and heard her story. Ray Stantz mentioned Spates Catalog when suggesting literature from which to research the name Zuul.

Secondary Canon HistoryEdit

When Egon Spengler consulted Spates Catalog to cross-reference the readings he took off of Jim Silver, a page suddenly appeared and the text began to fill itself in. It became a complete entry on Idulnas, the entity that was possessing Jim. However, the entry also depicted the deaths of the Ghostbusters. Several weeks later, the Ghostbusters took their copy with them on a flight to Schenectady in order to try and identity the problem at hand. A year and a half later, Ray Stantz and Kylie Griffin used the latest version of Spates Catalog for their research on instances of recurrent child hauntings and supernatural abductions in the last 50 years.


  • In the West End Ghostbusters Role-Playing Game, the book is alternatively titled "Spates Catalog of Nameless Horrors" on the Equipment Cards and "Spates Catalogue of Nameless Horrors And What To Do About Them" in the Training Manual. [2]


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  1. Screengrab of scene mentioning Spates with Subtitles
  2. Peterson, Sandy, Willis, Lynn & Stafford, Greg (1986). Ghostbusters: A Frightfully Cheerful Roleplaying Game Training Manual, p. 18. West End Games, New York NY USA, ISBN 0874310431.
  3. Kylie Griffin (2016). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters International #1" (2016) (Comic p.17). Kylie Griffin says: "Wait -- you needed the expanded Spates Catalog, three volumes of Kemp's Paranormal Encyclopedia, and six months of city wide PKE scan logs just to occupy your mind?"



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