The Invisible Ink Collection
Saturday March 17th 2007, 12:07 pm
Filed under: Collection Announcements

Ghostwriter Chris Woodyard, author of the Haunted Ohio series of ghost stories, and the founder of Invisible Ink: Books on Ghosts & Hauntings catalog, has donated a significant collection of ghost stories and books on parapsychology to the Browne Library of Bowling Green State University. The original gift consisted of more than 700 volumes; subsequent gifts have increased the collection to more than 1,400 volumes.

“Although there are many fine library collections of horror fiction, fantasy, mysteries and science fiction, this is the beginning of what I hope will be a major collection of ghost stories, both ‘true’ and fictional,” Woodyard said, handing over the collection to the director of the Browne Library, Alison Scott. “‘True’ ghost stories, as a genre, are a relatively recent development and have been largely ignored: these books will provide a comprehensive starting collection for study.”

Woodyard also presented a check for future purchases as well as for conservation of the older materials. Some of the more curious books in the collection are a 1917 edition of The Sorry Tale, a story of the time of Jesus by “Patience Worth,” a Puritan spirit who spoke through a St.Louis housewife’s Ouija board; a 1918 edition of Phantasms of the Living by Edmund Gurney, Frederic W. H. Myers and Frank Podmore of the British Society for Psychical Research; and The Company of Avalon, by Frederic Bligh-bond, who believed that his excavacations at Glastonbury were directed by dead monks.

Woodyard, who founded the twice-yearly Invisible Ink catalog in 1993, attended Bowling Green State University from 1971 to 1973. “I really enjoyed my time here and I’m delighted to be able to make this contribution. The Popular Culture Library is the perfect place for this collection, and I’ll continue to make donations as books come to my notice. I have asked all living authors included in the catalog to donate copies of their new works on an ongoing basis. I’m also hoping to collect brief autobiographies from these authors to include in the collection.”

The Invisible Ink Collection will be a permanent part of the cataloged collections of the Browne Library, where its rich and unusual resources will be available to all interested students and researchers, who may consult the BGSU Libraries Catalog, or contact the Head Librarian, Browne Library, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403, for additional details.