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Lisa Grimm: an interview with a ghostlore collector

Our latest edition of the Behind the Bookshelves podcast features an interview with Lisa Grimm (pictured), who is a collector of books about ghostlore, general folklore and weird fiction. Lisa, who lives in Seattle, is a trained librarian but no longer works in libraries. Brought up in St Louis, Lisa has also lived in the UK.  Aside from books, her other passions are craft beer and travel, and her website offers more on these subjects. She tweets as @lisagrimm.

First editions of MR James’ Ghost Stories of an Antiquary – books Lisa would like to own.

Among the authors mentioned by Lisa is MR James, who is famous for his ghost stories.  Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936) was a scholar at Cambridge University. In some respects, he modernized the ghost story format. He wrote a number of collections, including Ghost Stories of an Antiquary (1904), More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary (1911), A Thin Ghost and Others (1919), and A Warning to the Curious and Other Ghost Stories (1925). They were designed to be read aloud to a group for entertainment. A typical “Jamesian” tale often includes the discovery of an old book or another old object that usually creates a world of supernatural trouble for someone.

A selection of Lisa Grimm’s ghostlore books

Haunted East Anglia by Joan Forman – one of Lisa’s exciting discoveries

A selection of Lisa’s early printings of Rider Haggard books

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