Podcast interview with Rebecca Baumann
We think you’ll enjoy the interview, which takes us from the vaults of Indiana University to HP Lovecraft’s New York and the modern-day book fairs of London. Death of a Sadist by RR Ryan – the tale of a young man who admires art so much he loses his soul over it.
Some of the books mentioned by Rebecca include:
Helen’s Story by Rosanne Rabinowitz – a modern retelling of Arthur Machen’s classic novella The Great God Pan. The Lilly contains one of North America’s finest collections of rare books and manuscripts. Shiel – a collection of supernatural fiction first published in 1911. At the Mountains of Madness by HP Lovecraft – in the Antarctic, an expedition uncovers strange fossils and a lot of terror. Mrs Caliban by Rachel Ingalls – a lonely married woman encounters a gigantic frog-like creature recently escaped from a sadistic laboratory. The Checklist of Fantastic Literature (see image below) – the first bibliography of science fiction, fantasy and weird books in the English language with more than 5,000 books listed. Rebecca has a deep fascination with books that are unusual and weird. Rebecca’s day job is Head of Library Public Services at the Indiana University’s Lilly Library in Bloomington, Indiana. A superb dust jacket design
However, we are discussing Rebecca’s personal book collection of crime, science fiction, horror and what she describes as “smut paperbacks” from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, which can also be labelled as pulp. The Auctioneer by Joan Samson – the ways of a small town are suddenly undermined by the systematic demands of a magnetic newcomer. Rebecca Baumann enjoys collecting HP Lovecraft books
We interview Rebecca Baumann in the latest episode of AbeBooks’ Behind the Bookshelves podcast. The King in Yellow by Robert Chambers – a masterpiece of weird fiction. The Pale Ape by M.P.