Pam Grossman is a writer, curator, and host of The Witch Wave podcast.




Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster
Coming June 4, 2019


A whip-smart and illuminating exploration of the world’s fascination with witches from podcast host and practicing witch Pam Grossman (The Witch Wave), who delves deeply into why witches have intrigued us for centuries and why they’re more relevant now than ever.

When you think of a witch, what do you picture? Pointy black hat, maybe a broomstick. But witches in various guises have been with us for millennia. In Waking the Witch, Pam Grossman explores the cultural and historical impact of the world’s most magical icon. From the idea of the femme fatale in league with the devil in early modern Europe and Salem, to the bewitching pop culture archetypes in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Harry Potter; from the spooky ladies in fairy tales and horror films to the rise of feminist covens and contemporary witchcraft, witches reflect the power and potential of women.

In this fascinating read that is part cultural analysis, part memoir, Pam opens up about her own journey on the path to witchcraft, and how her personal embrace of the witch helped her find strength, self-empowerment, and a deeper purpose.

A comprehensive meditation on one of the most mysterious and captivating figures of all time, Waking the Witch celebrates witches past, present, and future, and reveals the critical role they have played—and will continue to play—in shaping the world as we know it.


Tin Can Forest Press, 2016


Conjure an image of a witch in your mind’s eye, and you’ll find s/he can take many different shapes. Evil, beautiful, hideous, holy, a sinner who just might save us all – this multifaceted archetype is a dark layer-cake of legends and associations. Written by Phantasmaphile’s Pam Grossman and artwork by Canada’s occult sweethearts, Tin Can Forest, What Is A Witch is an illuminated incantation, a crystalline invocation, a lovingly-crafted celebration of the world’s most magical icon.

"What is a Witch feels like a captured dream to me, one in which the author and artists dutifully recorded what they experienced and shared the results with us. And those results definitely feel touched by magic." - Boing Boing

"What Is A Witch's lyrical language of night-song and half-rhymes, when given voice, becomes a wild, witty, wondrous invocation, threaded throughout with fanciful visions, whimsical allegory, and magical truths." - Dirge Magazine

"It's GORGEOUS" - Neko Case

4.72 on Goodreads

Other Writing


Le Tarot de L'étoile Cachée Guidebook (Sabat Magazine, 2018)
Literary Witches by Taisia Kitaiskaia and Katy Horan - Forward (Seal/Hachette, 2017)
Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive by Kristen Sollee - "Art Witch" Chapter Contribution (ThreeL Media, 2017)
Earth Magic, Rik Garrett artist monograph - Introduction (Fulgur Esoterica, 2014)


Ritual for the Rebirth of a Republic, Medium
Ring Around the Rebel, Ravenous
Advice From A Witch, Woolly
The Year of the WitchHuffington Post
Three Times a Lady: Tales with Triple Witches, Huffington Post
10 Ways to Celebrate Witches’ Night This Weekend, Medium
Wonder Woman: A Feel Piece, Medium
Bittersweetie, Sabat Magazine Issue 1
Other MotherSabat Magazine Issue 2
Crowning the CroneSabat Magazine Issue 3
Earth, Sabat Magazine Issue 4
Pam Grossman, In Wild Air
Interview with Jesse Bransford, Abraxas Vol 3
Basement Vodou: Shannon Taggart, Abraxas Vol 4 
Gifts for the Romantic, Etsy
An Old World Sense of Wonder,
Scent Guide,
SamhainSciences Occultes Magazine Issue 1 (page 102)
Midwinter RitualsSciences Occultes Magazine Issue 2 (page 66)
Solar RitualsSciences Occultes Magazine Issue 3 (page 76)
Various interviews on Phantasmaphile


Ms. Mystery: Susan Jamison’s Secret Garden catalog essay for her Super Natural exhibition at The Longwood Center for Visual Arts
Álvaro Barrios: The Hierophant of Barranquilla catalog essay for his Portrait of the Artist as a Medium show at Henrique Faria New York
El Gato Chimney’s Bewilderbeasts catalog essay for his solo show at Stephen Romano Gallery