Summoning Tablet of the Anderson Hotel: Can You Decipher The Strange Text on this Haunted Artifact?

Summoning Tablet of the Anderson Hotel: Can You Decipher The Strange Text on this Haunted Artifact?


A mysterious wooden tablet, discovered in an abandoned hotel with sordid past, appears to be behind the building’s violent haunting, but the crude slate’s true purpose – or the meaning of its strange text – has yet to be deciphered. Can you help solve the mystery of the Anderson Hotel’s Summoning Tablet?

You’d never know it, but tucked away above a bakery in the idyllic town of Anderson, Kentucky is a lingering nightmare. In the shadow of the town hall sits The Anderson Hotel, a long-shuttered business with a history of seediness, suicide, and a sinister evil that lurks inside the rooms to this very day.

Two years ago, the Anderson Hotel was opened to visitors for the first time in decades.While researching the building’s history and seeking signs of the strange phenomena’s source, Jeff Waldridge, caretaker of the hotel, discovered a mysterious wooden tablet covered in strange text. The strange characters didn’t appear to be connected to any language, and they were accompanied by ominous images of snake-like creatures. The piece was at least several decades old, and appeared to be spattered with blood.


Whatever this tablet was, it was created for a purpose, and with its discovery came a sudden increase in paranormal activity.

jeff-waldridge-anderson-hotelAnderson Hotel caretaker Jeff Waldridge with the Summoning Tablet

Almost immediately, frightening phenomena began to manifest in the Anderson Hotel’s empty halls. Visitors were touched by phantom hands in the darkness, pushed to the ground by an oppressive force, and some of them even began notice mysterious bite-marks appearing on their bodies.  Waldridge couldn’t shake the feeling that somehow the mysterious wooden tablet had something to do with the violent phenomena.

Shortly after the terrifying activity became prominent, paranormal investigator Nick Groff showed interest in featuring the building on the first season of his series Paranormal Lockdown. His visit resulted in the second episode of the show’s first season, and it was a doozy. After the cameraman, Rob Saffi, finds himself bitten, the episode turns from its usual 72-hour investigation formula into an attempt at cleansing the violent spirit from the hotel.

While the activity laid low after Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman’s push to rid the building of the entity, it didn’t take long for the frightening activity to slowly ramp back up. By the time we visited the building in June of 2016, all hell was ready to break loose. And it did. Just what took place that evening is a story for another time, but the short version is this: there does indeed appear to be some sort of anomalous activity attached to the Summoning Tablet, and because of it, people are being hurt.

After that night, the Anderson Hotel’s paranormal investigations ceased, its doors locked for the foreseeable future. A week later, Jeff Waldridge handed us the Summoning Tablet for safekeeping.

“This belongs in the museum,” he said. “I’m not bringing it in my house, but it’s too dangerous to let anyone else find.”

The Summoning Tablet was added to the collection of the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & the Occult, and we’ve been trying to understand it ever since.

bite-mark-andersonOne of the phantom bite marks that appeared on Paranormal Lockdown’s cameraman

Our first discovery was completely unintentional. Over the course of several EVP sessions conducted with highly active objects in the museum, such as the Idol of Nightmares, we’ve discovered that we’re unable to capture any EVP recordings while the Summoning Tablet is present in the same room. Haunted objects with an established history of activity seem to completely shut down, as if the Summoning Tablet is acting like a paranormal kill switch.

While the board has a habit of snuffing out the strange phenomena of haunted objects around it, it also appears to generate more than enough paranormal activity on its own. Not only does the artifact appear to randomly generate fluctuations in the electromagnetic field, the Summoning Tablet appears to know when its being observed, often causing camera malfunctions or tipping itself over in order to obscure its view. In fact, when I attempted to make a high quality scan of the tablet, it took me six tries – each image would self-corrupt during the process. On my final attempt, the image generated properly, but scanner fried. It hasn’t worked since.

Most interestingly, while the Summoning Tablet was being streamed live to to the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & Occult’s 24/7 video feed, its activity appeared to correspond with the viewers it recognized, causing the stream’s EMF meter to spike each and every time Jeff Waldridge and Donnie Irvin, two people who had spent considerable time investigating the hotel, logged into the feed. So far, it has never exhibited this phenomena with any of the video feed’s hundreds of viewers but them.

But what exactly is happening with the tablet? The answer may be in understanding the strange script etched across the plank, a task that’s proven difficult.


There are thirty-three unique characters on this board, and only one of them repeats, which is impossible if the characters are meant to form coherent words. The characters bear a resemblance to “Enochian”, a magical form of writing first popularized by occultist John Dee, but don’t actually match up. They also appear to be slightly influenced by Ethiopian Ge’ez (which appears to have informed Dee’s Enochian script to some degree), but fails to form any cohesive connection to that language either.

This is where you come in. We’re looking for anyone who might be able to solve the strange code scrawled on the Summing Tablet, recognize its drawings, or provide a clue as to the purpose of the artifact’s creation. With your help, we may be able to get to the bottom of the Anderson Hotel’s violent paranormal phenomena.

If you can provide insight into The Summoning Tablet, email me at [email protected], drop us a line on Facebook, tweet us @WeirdHQ, or leave your thoughts in the comments below.


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  1. Kathleen Wilson

    08/21/2016 at 3:40 AM

    Wow, the symbols are crazy! I was just looking at a bunch of charts of a bunch of different kinds of symbols, and they sort of kind of a teeny bit match some…… but they’re different enough not to match any.

  2. Mark Anthony

    08/21/2016 at 6:59 AM

    Reminds me of Sanskrit or some SE Asian language. .. but, I am far from an expert.

  3. Philip Tatler

    08/21/2016 at 10:54 AM

    Why yes I can: “No Smoking”

  4. Kevin Howard

    08/21/2016 at 11:01 AM

    Morse Code using Y’s, G’s, and some other odd letter second from the end?

  5. Lacey

    08/21/2016 at 8:30 AM

    The style of the illustration (with accompanying arm-hand gesture) reminds me of something you would find in a Freemason manual. I can’t quite tell, but it looks like the lower portion of the figure is two serpents/snakes. Wondering if it might be a reference to Nu Wa and Fu Xi (mythological half human, half snake beasts). Nu Wa and Fu Xi have often been illustrated holding a compass and carpenter square, which are also Masonic symbols.

    There is also a repetition of the letter G, which also figures prominently with Freemasons. Some Gs are more stylized than others. It appears to be some sort of hybrid code.

    Where was the board found, exactly? The basement, under a floorboard, in a box with other items? Where it was found, coupled with other items found nearby, would provide additional clues.

    I am sure someone on the Reddit occult sub might recognize some of the characters, if you haven’t checked there already.

  6. Michael Swann

    08/21/2016 at 10:32 AM

    It looks like a very idiosyncratic interpretation of three or four different ‘magical’ alphabets (Aphricanum, Enochian, Solimonicum and maybe Magi) combined with a few symbols that are either badly drawn goetic sigils or entirely made-up.
    My guess is the latter.

  7. lacey

    08/21/2016 at 5:09 PM

    Another thought: for some reason, the story of Pearl Bryan just popped into my mind. Yes, THAT Pearl Bryan, one of the notorious angry ghosts said to inhabit Bobby Mackey’s KY joint. She was beheaded sometime in late January/early February 1896. February 2nd is Candlemas, a date Satanists might produce a sacrifice. Maybe the serpent illustration in the tablet is some sort of satanic ritual allusion. She was beheaded; her head was never found. Her death was linked to a satanic ritual. Maybe her head is linked to the Anderson hotel?

    Her killer was thought to be a dentist, and she was supposedly killed with dental instruments. Maybe (a huge maybe) the bite marks might be linked to dentistry records? Again, this is a huge stretch. But, what if the bite marks coincide with her dentistry records? Her body was found miles and miles away, but her head was never found.

    Super random link, yes. But what if her head is at the Anderson Hotel? A long shot. But it did pop in my head so I thought I’d put it out there.

  8. Michael

    08/21/2016 at 6:40 PM

    My guess would be that it is not a summoning tablet, more like a protection tablet. The paranormal activity increased after the tablet was discovered and moved. Also the image is the man standing on the snake[s] could indicate it repressing evil forces.

  9. Rain

    08/21/2016 at 9:42 PM

    After doing some research, I’d say the first figure is Lord Krishna dancing atop the many-headed serpent Kaliya, who was poisoning the river he lived in and which ran by Krishna’s village. Krishna was going to kill the serpent when Kaliya’s wives convinced him not to, then Kaliya said he was just following his nature, and why was he created with that nature if he was not to follow it? Krishna let him go so long as he follow his nature elsewhere, and Kaliya sucked all his poison back up and went to the sea. Like any religious story there are different interpretations of the outcome, and one is that it is natural for evil to exist in the world but it can’t exist in the presence of Krishna. Here’s a statue of the incident where Krishna is holding the tail the same way as in the illustration:

    I don’t think the second figure represents Kaliya because the snake has many heads so I looked up Hindu snake worship. It varies by region but is largely a positive thing for fertility, peace and such, and in some regions includes worship of an object called a Karandi. A Karandi is a small house made of cork, decorated with images of snakes, snake legends, is sprinkled with the blood of sacrificed animals and is submerged in a river at the end of the yearly snake festival. The water damage seen on the ink could be consistent with that. I’m getting this from Wikipedia, and I should say that the page on the snake festival, Nag Panchami, didn’t mention the Karandi, but the page for “Snake worship, Hindu” did.

    I didn’t figure out which script the characters are from (the language trees in that part of the world are just terrifying), but there are a lot of compounded consonants in those alphabets which could explain why there’s only one repeating character, as well as characters representing consonant and vowel pairs. Also, in my opinion the characters look shaky, like they weren’t drawn by someone who’s practiced writing these characters a lot, so they may not very well resemble the actual characters. Of the ones I looked at, I thought it most resembled either the Tamil alphabet from the Dravidian tree branch, or Kharosthi (which is not from India but who knows), but at this point all the characters are blurring together and everything looks like everything so I’m gonna stop. Here’s a picture of how some characters from Tamil have changed through the centuries, for fun:

    I’d recommend asking a linguistic expert or professor of languages if they can recognize it. It’d be cool to know what it says.

  10. Nucifera

    08/22/2016 at 1:20 AM

    Look into Hindu mythologies/Pre-Hindu Indian culture, the pose by the man holding the snake is one of many common poses that Devi/Deva are drawn in. Quite a few minor Devas are associated with snakes along with both dark and positive affects. The script looks like a corrupted or badly transcribed Dravidian Language (Southern/East India). Perhaps a person with distant connection to this form of magic/ritual tried their hand at it, with little experience or practical knowledge.

    As for 32 characters, non-repeating, the language may be based on syllables ( Jah, Ihn, Ro, Cah, etc.) rather than singular letters.

    Just my two cents, though c:

  11. C.G. Häberl

    08/22/2016 at 2:20 AM

    I think Tsuki’s on to something. It reminds me of a Pha Yant or “spirit cloth,” the functions of which run the gamut from repelling spirits to improving one’s sex life.

    One of the world’s authorities on these types of amulets is Justin McDaniel at UPenn. I’d recommend contacting him with regards to this one.

  12. reba

    08/22/2016 at 8:12 AM

    I tend to agree with some of the other posters – it appears to be some sort of protection board. However, I’m wondering if it could also be a teaching tablet? It reminds me of a wooden hornbook used by schools in centuries past. Letters of the alphabet would be drawn or engraved, sometimes with illustrations, and then covered with mica (a.k.a. horn) or another transparent material. The tablets would be used as primers by numerous students, and often passed down generations. The fact there are no repeating letters might indicate it is some sort of alphabet. Or it could be the same letter(s) in different languages. There’s a lot of different styles there (for instance, a Greek psi character at the top).

    It might be a teaching tablet in progress. In order to transfer images to a board, people would ink draw on tracing paper or wax paper (which is what looks to be attached to the board), then transfer the image to the board using a bit of water. Adding water helped deepen the image but would also lead to a bit of blurriness around the letters. The image of the man/deity and double headed snake looks traced from another source (more complex), whereas the image of the serpent-type creature below looks hand-drawn (simple in nature). It could be some of the letters were traced from other sources as well.

    The letters above the bottom serpent image might offer some sort of hint – in what language do those characters mean serpent/snake? Or it could be the letters themselves represent snakes.

  13. Lorne Wardell

    08/23/2016 at 10:19 AM

    The large black script at the bottom line of the top of the object seems to be a sigil for the name Lucifer written backwards. Note on the right of that line you see a letter “L” contained in a letter “U”. The other “letters” seem to be an E, an F, and an r along wit6h an S, suggesting a semi-literate speller. The top line of this black script could be a mangled spelling of “Exu” or “Eshu”, a dark entity from Brazilian witchcraft.

  14. Hal

    08/23/2016 at 1:07 PM

    Jason Colavito seems to claim the ability to translate every language, including all obsolete and archaic languages, better than anyone in the world.

  15. WhoCares

    08/24/2016 at 6:15 AM

    Those are Greek letters, upper case and lower case.
    Ask a physics graduate student, he/she should be able to read it.

    • Rebecca

      08/26/2016 at 8:31 PM

      A) How about a Classics student, somebody who actually understands Greek?
      B) A Classics student would tell you that no, they aren’t Greek letters, although some of them resemble some Greek letters.

  16. Me Again

    08/24/2016 at 8:19 AM

    Is anyone else having weird and/or very vivid dreams after studying this image for a while? Recent dream elements include: aggressive black dogs, indoor pools of sulfur (or some other milky yellow liquid), climbing ladders, hidden doors. I don’t often have nightmares.

    After googling around and asking friends in linguistic field about this, I’ve haven’t been able to find anything even remotely conclusive. Maybe it is something personal and only makes sense to the creator. Greg and Dana, if you ever do figure this out, I hope you will post a follow-up. In the meantime, I have to stop looking at it because it seems to be affecting my subconscious in a not good way.

  17. Anthony

    08/25/2016 at 1:00 PM

    It’s a Ouija board. That’s why you can’t read it.

    • me again

      08/26/2016 at 10:46 AM

      Hopefully the entity knows how to converse in archaic-hybrid-cryptic-possibly made-up language? Must be a very specific entity.

    • Rebecca

      08/26/2016 at 8:38 PM

      What? Talking boards, of which Ouija boards are an example, must be readable by the user, otherwise what’s the point?

      • Me Again

        08/30/2016 at 9:46 AM

        Can you imagine being a spirit who wants to relay an important message about the future, but cannot because the board makes no sense? Good news: found a portal to communicate with mortals. Bad news: no way to get point across with crudely drawn photo of eel (or snake), a deity which may or may not be Krishna (or Zarathustra or or someone else, possibly), and a hodgepodge of messily drawn characters (or symbols). It’s basically fodder for a comedic sketch, lol.

  18. Jason Workman

    08/28/2016 at 1:05 AM

    The upper drawing with the Zoroastrian looking figure is either Quetzalcoatl or st. Patrick. The bottom drawing has been used to show lake monsters. If I’m not mistaken, both were in Jerome whites book. I think I recognize the letters as well. Will let you know what they say when I remember where I’ve seen them.

    • Jason Workman

      09/02/2016 at 7:05 AM

      My bad. It was Jerome Clark’s book unexplained! That I had in mind. Unfortunately, my books are in storage, do I can’t verify this at the moment.

  19. Jason Workman

    08/28/2016 at 6:09 AM

    I have a theory. The glyphs appear to come from more than one dead language. I think who ever created it had a chart showing Norse, Greek, Phoenician etc. And picked from them as needed for their spell. I think this witchboard was constructed by someone using a book on mythology or the paranormal. The last part of the fourth line may say “arise”, however it’s late and I’m tired. Also, from the post I made above, I’m almost certain the drawing of the man is Quetzalcoatl crossing the sea on the backs of serpents.

  20. Cindy Hefferman

    08/28/2016 at 7:34 PM

    figure on bottom is an eel, so went from there..could be its about Goddess Hina and the other figure in Maui slaying Tunaroa

  21. Jason Workman

    09/01/2016 at 9:57 PM

    I did some more research. The earliest green markers originate around 1908 and we’re paint based. The earliest ink based green marker was in 1958. If you scratch the green ink and it has even the faintest oder of mint, the board could not have been created sooner than 1965. That gives us an outside number for when the board was made. The inside number would be when the building closed, assuming no one entered the place again until the proposal for renovation.

    • lacey

      09/06/2016 at 9:04 AM

      Interesting re: green marker as a means to date the board. Too bad tenant records don’t seem to exist. One can only hope that a previous tenant remembers something – a weird neighbor, an occult book left out in the open, an unusual visitor. Certainly someone somewhere can at least provide a lead. Also, if maybe the board could be dated to a particular year, news events might help explain the board’s existence. Maybe there was some unusual weather which lead to an increase in the number of snakes (or eels?). Or maybe there were snakes in the building – sometimes when it is cold, snakes will create a den in a particular building. I’m sure that would have made the news.

      What I don’t understand is why someone would leave the board in the building? I mean, if they went through all that effort to create the board, why leave it behind? The fact they left it behind might be an important clue re: the purpose of the board. Maybe it was left behind to protect the building, or someone in the building. Or may be the owner died and had no relatives to collect personal objects. What else was left behind?

  22. john

    10/01/2016 at 10:51 AM

    check out the board itself…looks like common plywood. carbon 14 dating?

  23. john

    10/01/2016 at 10:57 AM

    10 letters in the 2 lines…letters 1 thru 6 and 9 and 10 seem to be the same from top row to bottom row, but letters 7 and 8 don’t seem to match. I don’t know, I’m no expert.

  24. Eiric

    11/21/2016 at 9:42 PM

    It’s not an alphabet, it’s a syllabary. Consider the source, Kentucky, up in the hills. The script has been corrupted by generations of poor transmission, but it reminds me of Cherokee. It doesn’t match exactly, it’s half-remembered hill magic now. But the two lines at the top are similar enough to be variations of the same phrase. The black symbols at the top represent the title or intent of the spell, and the bottom w/picture could be the spirit being tasked with the protection of the house or binding of the bad forces.

    • xenn

      02/01/2017 at 3:14 PM

      This is the most probable explanation I’ve heard.

  25. Bryn

    01/10/2017 at 9:32 PM

    No idea but my guess would be some kind of binding tablet. Possibly explains why the activities surrounding it seem to take unexplained twist.

    Is that a depiction of Jormungand at the bottom?

    • Bryn

      01/10/2017 at 9:47 PM

      Anyone notice the missing iconograph on the right hand side? Seems weird to leave a empty patch of paper there and not have something to balance the picture on the other side of the board.

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