In Heart-Shaped Box, author Joe Hill follows the misadventures of an aging former rock star whose life goes kaput when he purchases a ghost over the Internet. But why just read about it when you can live the adventure?
Screamers and Screamettes, I present Ghost In a Bottle: The one-stop-shop for your spectral-retail needs.
From a recent article on this unique start-up:
John Deese said he has ghosts trapped in bottles.
“This was actually the first one that was caught, in Decatur County, Ga., in an old farmhouse,” Desse said, showing off one ghost in a bottle.
While Deese said he contracts with professional ghost catchers around the country and that it’s the ghost catchers who actually stuff the phantasms into a bottle, he wouldn’t elaborate on exactly how the ghosts get into the bottles.
“Well, if you went to KFC, you wouldn't ask for secret recipe,” Deese said. “They’ll go in and catch them from haunted establishments, cars, hotels, maybe even graveyards.”
Whether supernatural or just a spooky novelty, the ghosts in bottles come with a warning -- open at your own risk.
“Some people will open the bottle and say they don’t get results and it’s just a fun conversation piece. Others say, ‘There’s strange things happening in my house. Where're my car keys? Where's the remote to the TV?” Deese said. “The ghost in the bottle is more toward Casper the Friendly Ghost than the Exorcist. We're kind of in the middle.”