Up to now 130 phantoms have lived in today's Skopje . There have not been found any written evidence of their existence until the middle of the 20th century. According to the investigation carried out from 2002 to 2005, in the disastrous earthquake in 1963, 95 phantoms were killed, 21 settled on the surrounding hills, while 7 stayed in Skopje until 2007, when all of them disappear.

The texts, drawings and the events are described according to the testimony of the people who have seen them or have had direct contact with them.

This is an homage to the lost phantoms of the city.


Between 1963 and 2006, Tantel lived hidden in the central heating pipes in one building. Some of the tenants of this building claim that in the Sundays, in the late hours, in times when the bookstore Gjurgja was there, they saw him eating the books from the world classics section. Later he moved on to the other sections and genres.

Tantel was seen, for the last time, at the concert of Kiril Dzajkovski, hiding under the keyboard of Nikola Kodzobashija, on the same day when the new Cultural center Tochka was opened. The terrified guests ran away, and the owners of Tochka, Iskra and Kolja, tried to kill Tantel, using the collected works of Bozin Pavlovski. Tantel succeeded to escape this attempt on his life by hiding under the skirt of an elderly woman passing by. He temporarily settled in her flat where he ate her library, too. He died tragically of suffocation trying to swallow the book "Angelus Novus, or preparing to fly" by the academician Georgi Stardelov.