About two years ago, a change in employment meant I had to leave my shared house in the suburbs and move into an old flat in the city centre. As I unpacked and got settled in to my new home, I came across a case I’d not seen before. It was one of those expanding accordion types, which I thought they’d stopped making sometime around the Fifties, and inside were hundreds of files. Some were handwritten in looping cursive and others were obviously bashed out on a typewriter. I could only assume the case and its contents were left by the previous occupant. Being still busy with the move, I put it away at the back of a cupboard and promptly forgot all about it.
A few months later, I stumbled across the case again. Having nothing better to do that night, I poured myself a beer and began to trawl through its contents.
The majority of the files inside are signed by one Doctor Thomas Gotobed, who appears to have been, or still is, some kind of researcher of the occult, and they vary between reports on paranormal incidents and the doctor’s own thoughts and theories about the supernatural. The reports themselves are very odd. They’re not accounts of ghostly figures of Victorian women or things going bump in the night such as you might expect, but rather descriptions of a variety of things so far removed from the ordinary as to be almost fantastical. They would be easy to dismiss as pure fiction were not for the sober, almost analytical style in which they have been written up. There is also some personal correspondence addressed to the doctor, some of it relating to the files, some of it of a more personal nature.
I lost the better part of a weekend trying to track the author of these files down, which I rather stupidly thought would be easy (after all, Gotobed is not a common name), but the previous tenants and the owners of the building have never heard of this doctor and my own amateur internet sleuthing has also drawn a blank. As I’m not able to return the case to its rightful owner, I’ve decided to compile some of its more interesting contents in this blog, partly out of hope that someone will recognise them and shed some light on this Doctor Gotobed, and partly because I feel they ought to be made available to others with an interest in this particular field of study.
All of the files are presented as found, with some annotations I’ve added for clarification. Now I can’t confirm the veracity of these reports: they are, all things considered, just pieces of paper I found in a case that someone appears to have forgotten. And while I could find information online to corroborate some of the details in the documents (certain people, locations etc.), there appears to be little concrete evidence for any of the events as they are recorded. But as the good doctor takes great delight in pointing out, ‘fantastic truths are often hidden beneath layers of day to day mundanity.’
Chris Reeve Esq.