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. Whilst I was unpacking, I found a case I hadn’t 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, alongside a stack of photographs. It definitely wasn’t mine. I could only assume it had been left by the previous occupant. I put it to the back of a cupboard and promptly forgot all about it.
A few months ago, I stumbled across the case again. As I had nothing else to do that night, I poured myself a beer and began to trawl through its contents. All the files are signed by one Doctor Thomas Gotobed, who appears to have been (or still is) some kind of researcher of the occult, and the files themselves vary between reports on paranormal incidents and the good doctor’s own thoughts on various theories about the supernatural. Most of the photographs are pictures of curious symbols, and a few are of people and locations that relate to the contents of the reports.
I’ve spent several days 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 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 post some of its more interesting contents on 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 may be of interest to others.
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. But if anyone does recognise anything I post, please feel free to get in touch with me via the contact page.