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We're Back - Spook Central Reopening / Spook Central Halloween Treat - Ghostbusters II Novel PDF eBook

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Oct. 31, 2013 at 12:00 PM , Categories: Spook Central, Ghostbusters 2, Books , Tags: halloween_treat
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See, even Janine is thrilled - and she doesn't excite easily... unless Egon is around.

It was pretty much a year ago that Spook Central was put into a hiatus state due to Hurricane Sandy, and I feel that it's time it was brought back to life MWAHAHAHA! Even though I'm not where I should be in regards to having a new computer, all of the new Spook Central staff are capable of posting to the site, so there's no reason that the site needs to stay dormant (or be relegated to just hurricane-related posts) just because of me.

Yes, Spook Central now has a staff.

Staff of Ra

No, not that staff. THIS staff: Matthew Jordan, Raffaele Ruffaldi, and Doreen Mulman. All are long-time, respected members of the Ghostbusters online community whom I've been friends with for quite a while, and who have helped me and Spook Central over the years. You can read more about them on the Spook Central Staff page.

All three of these fine young eggs will post articles here or on the Spook Central Facebook page as often or as little as they feel the need to. Pre-hurricane, I certainly wasn't making daily posts. Heck, I wasn't necessarily making weekly posts, either. Even if any of them posts once a month, or once every few months, it'll be a lot more often than I have this past year.

In fact, if you've been regularly visiting the Spook Central Facebook page over the past year, you would have already seen a lot of posts from Matthew about the IDW comic book series, and all of the latest important happenings in the world of Ghostbusters. The Spook Central Facebook page WILL have more activity than this blog because there are some things more suited to Facebook than the blog. So if you're not following the Spook Central Facebook page you're missing out on a lot of cool stuff!

I can't promise you that you'll start seeing new Ghostbusters content starting tomorrow. Right now Matthew and Doreen have their own computer problems that they need to take care of before they can begin writing articles here. That said, I felt that it was about time I officially opened the door, so when we each have our issues resolved, we can walk right in and give you the Ghostbusters goodness you've come to know and love from Spook Central since August 1996.

As of right now, there shouldn't be any more Hurricane Sandy-related posts from me, though I will update the Salvaging Project, Computer Recovery, and East Rockaway House posts as needed until each of those matters are finished with. For the time being, you'll find links to all of the hurricane stuff in the small infobox near the top right corner of this blog.


Halloween Treats

When Spook Central was put into a hiatus state a year ago, the last Ghostbusters "thing" added to the site was the Making Ghostbusters eBook PDF. It was meant to go up on Halloween 2012 as a special treat, but the hurricane had other plans. It ended up being added to the site in my absence a week later. Thankfully, this year's Halloween treat eBook PDF *IS* being given out on Halloween...and here it is:

Ghostbusters II Novel

As part of the Ghostbusters PDF eBook Preservation Project, the Ghostbusters II novel by Ed Naha has been preserved and can be found on the Ghostbusters II Books page. Major thanks to Matthew Jordan for scanning in the book, cleaning it up, and making the digital preservation possible - especially in light of the computer problems he's been having lately. A gallery of the book's images can be found on the Spook Central Facebook page.

For the complete list of Spook Central's Halloween Treat posts from years past, click here. Thanks to Miss Kate for the "Halloween Treat" title banner that appears at the top of this post.

Spook Central On Hiatus / Spook Central Halloween Treat - Making Ghostbusters PDF eBook

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Nov. 9, 2012 at 7:46 PM , Categories: Personal, Spook Central, Ghostbusters 1, Books , Tags: halloween_treat, hurricane-sandy
Last updated on November 11, 2012. Please check the blog post "Updates on Paul since November 16th and onward" for further updates.

Spook Central On Hiatus
Hey Everyone. Paul here writing in from the Red Cross emergency shelter at Nassau Community College on storm-ravaged Long Island, New York. If you're not already aware, my family was evacuated from our little house in East Rockaway on the morning of October 29th when the water from the canal across the street was already up to the top step on the porch... and the storm hadn't even come yet!

With the help of my friends, and new Spook Central staff members, Doreen Mulman, Raffaele Ruffaldi, and Matthew Jordan, I have been working on getting the site to be somewhat updated in my absence. I can only do so much from a tiny little iPod Touch. The special Halloween treat is now on the site, and I'm working on getting Matt to continue updating the Spook Central Facebook page, so that we can continue to bring you some new Ghostbusters news and multimedia. It'll be a while before I'll have a permanent place to live again and personal belongings again (the flood waters destroyed damn near everything, including my desktop computer) so this will be the last Spook Central blog post for a while. Keep following Spook Central on Facebook for updates (hopefully).

Now here's new Spook Central staff member Matthew Jordan (aka DevilManOzzy from the Ghostbusters Wiki) to tell you more about what I've been going through, and to give you the link to the special Halloween treat...


Updates on Paul
Filling in today on Paul's behalf is Matthew Jordan. We have some good news and some bad news.


The Bad News
The bad news came in the form of Hurricane Sandy, which flooded Paul's house. The image above shows the waters coming up to his steps on the 29th. Here is the timeline of events from Paul's postings on Facebook:

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Ghostbusters PDF eBook Preservation Project - The Real Ghostbusters in Haunted House Mystery

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Jul. 28, 2012 at 10:32 PM , Categories: Real Ghostbusters, Books
A nice vintage children's book has been preserved this time around. On The Real Ghostbusters Books page you can now find a PDF ebook of The Real Ghostbusters in Haunted House Mystery by Peter Mandel. This small 6x6 inch book was one of many of the same size published by the Antioch Publishing Company in the 1980s. Most of their children's books of this size were advertised as having "12 Collector Stickers Inside". Haunted House Mystery is no exception, though my copy lacked the stickers, so you won't find them in the eBook. What makes this book special is that, in spite of the generic name, it's actually an adaptation of an episode of the animated series: Mrs. Roger's Neighborhood. Don't expect for it to follow the episode plot 100% as it's only a 24 page book (including the title page), in which half of those pages are images, and the other half has large print text. The plot had to be shortened down considerably to fit the format. That said, it's still a good read and worthy of being preserved.

Ghostbusters PDF eBook Preservation Project - Starburst Magazine

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Mar. 10, 2012 at 5:49 AM , Categories: Ghostbusters 1, Books
A nice vintage magazine has been preserved this time around. On the Ghostbusters Books page you can now find a PDF ebook containing all of the Ghostbusters articles from the December 1984 issue of Starburst magazine. All of the "Making of Ghostbusters" articles were written by Randy and Jean-Marc Lofficier. If those names sound familiar, that's because they would later write The Real Ghostbusters episodes "The Headless Motorcyclist" and "The Ghostbusters In Paris".

Mucho thanks to Lee Taylor for providing the scans from his magazine (it took me three years and four months, but I finally got it on the site) and, as always, Matthew Jordan for the clean-up and restoration of the scans. Oh, yeah, for those playing along at home... Richard Roy now has up to issue #11 (ELEVEN!) of NOW's The Real Ghostbusters comic books in the Ectocontainment's Comics section. So go check that out when you're done here.

Finally, there are four images from this issue of Starburst magazine that I thought were worth uploading separately from the magazine to the Spook Central Facebook page. Some of the old-timers will recognize some of these from when Bill Emkow had them on his site. Yes, that's adult film legend Ron Jeremy on the left in the second image. Yes, a pornstar appears in an official Ghostbusters production photo :-)

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Ghostbusters PDF eBook Preservation Project - Ghostbusters: The Return, Real Ghostbusters Toy Booklets, And More!

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Feb. 24, 2012 at 8:13 PM , Categories: Ghostbusters 1, Ghostbusters 2, Real Ghostbusters, Books, Toys
When I started the Ghostbusters PDF eBook Preservation Project, one of the books I most wanted to preserve was Sholly Fisch's novel Ghostbusters: The Return. Even though it isn't a very old book (it came out in 2004), the publisher, iBooks, went out of business two years after it hit the market, thus ensuring that the very limited supply of books that were printed would become instant collectibles. Copies on eBay and Amazon Marketplace currently go for $100 or more. I bought my copy back in 2004 and have never read it or cracked the spine, It is as 100% Mint as 100% Mint can be. I bet that I could get a nice amount of money for it, but as hard up for cash as I am, that will be one of the last things I will ever sell. I might sell a kidney before I sell that book. Hey, I have two kidneys, but only one copy of the book :-)

It gives me great joy to announce that Ghostbusters: The Return can now be downloaded in PDF format on the Ghostbusters Books page. It was a true group effort in getting the book to be part of the preservation project, so be sure to check out the notes/credits link under the book cover for all of the gory details. The Ghostbusters 2005 DVD Movie Scrapbook has also be added to the Ghostbusters Books page.

I scanned in a bunch of the Kenner The Real Ghostbusters toy advertisements and "Action Toy Guide" booklets (just The Real Ghostbusters pages), which can all be found on The Real Ghostbusters Merchandise page. Almost all are PDFs, though the poster at the end is a singular image. This is actually the smaller of the two Kenner posters that I have. I didn't scan in the large poster/calendar because it is WAY too large to do without some careful planning first. It's the source for some of my holiday images that appear throughout the year on the top side of this blog.

Over on the Ghostbusters II Books page you can now find the junior novel by B.B. Hiller and a coloring book. With the coloring book, I made an exception to my rule about not adding children's books to the project. Not because it is exceptionally well done, but rather quite the opposite. It is the "Troll 2" of Ghostbusters merchandise. It is truly "so bad, it's good". Just take a look at the book's depiction of the four guys:


Yes, Ray has a mustache that would make Tom Selleck jealous, and Egon has lost his glasses (an essential element of the character) but gained poofy hair (for lack of a better description). I know that they can't draw the guys to look exactly like the actors, due to likeness rights, but they couldn't have drawn them to look more different if they tried. There's a way to make them somewhat resemble the actors without being exact likenesses. Just look at what the comics have done the past few years. Anyway, if there's one positive to the coloring book, it's that it was written up based on the script and not the final cut of the movie, so a lot of deleted scenes are represented in it. Also note that Kenner's The Real Ghostbusters toys are being used as the Ghostbusters' equipment (PDF page 50), and the Gigameter looks nothing like it does in the movie (PDF page 22). I can only guess that the artists were not shown a single photograph of the equipment from the movie set (and didn't think to look at photos or videos from the first movie), so they drew the equipment for the book based on what they could find from the animated series and their own ideas. And yet, the slime blower looks fairly accurate to its movie counterpart (PDF page 101).

Finally, I scanned in and made into a PDF ebook the Biltmore Hotel brochure I got back in 2004. You can find it on the Sedgewick/Biltmore Hotel page at the top of the Fun Facts section.

A big round of thanks to the tireless efforts of Matthew Jordan for helping to make a lot of these ebooks possible. Without your help, a lot of these books would have been forgotten decades ago. Richard Roy is also helping to preserve vintage Ghostbusters books. He just uploaded high-resolution scans of NOW's The Real Ghostbusters #1 and #2 comic books to the Ectocontainment's Comics section, and moved The Real Ghostbusters in Ghostbusters II trilogy from his old site to that page, too. You'll definitely want to check all of that out, and keep an eye on the Ectocontainment's Comics section for future updates.

[UPDATE - 2/25/2012]
I want to give a quick bit of thanks to the guys at the Ghostbusters Wiki for mentioning the eBook Preservation Project (and this update, specifically) on their site. Those guys understand exactly what the project is trying to accomplish.
The reason behind all this is because in most cases, the materials that are being covered are becoming harder to find and costly to get. This project is to help fans that don't have the funds or came along late in the game so to speak. The Preservation Project is just for that, to keep the history of ghostbusters available for future generations.
Although I'm the one to give the project a name, it is not my project, per se. It belongs to all Ghostbusters fans. Richard Roy is doing his part to preserve the past by scanning in the NOW comics. Matthew from the Ghostbusters Wiki has been helping with scanning, cleaning-up images, and providing materials that I don't have. I still have a LOT more work to do with my collection of items directly related to the movies and animated series. I'm hoping that other webmasters will put some out-of-print books and materials in high-quality formats on their sites as well. Maybe one of my fellow webmasters will want to start archiving all of the old West End Games RPG books. I may not be interested in them, but I'm sure that a lot of folks are, and would love to have the opportunity to read some of them.

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