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M. R. James - Author

About the Author

Montague Rhodes James, the son of a Kent curate, was born near Bury St Edmunds in 1862. He became an avid reader at a very early age, taking a special interest in antiquarian books. At the age of six he fell ill with bronchitis. While recovering, he asked to see a rare 17th century Dutch bible that belonged to Bishop Ryle, a friend of his father’s. James studied it intently. It was the beginning of a career that would take him eventually to Eton and Cambridge. At King’s College, Cambridge he became assistant in classical archaeology at the Fitzwilliam museum. His dissertation on The Apocalypse of St Peter won him both election as a Fellow of King’s and a position lecturing in divinity. His interests diversified, and by the time he was made Dean of the college in 1889, he was widely regarded as an authority on medievalism. During this period, James was a prolific writer on a wide range of academic subjects. His academic career led him to be provost of King’s College in 1905, and later vice-chancellor of the University.

But for all his academic achievements, he is best remembered for his masterly ghost stories. There are approximately forty supernatural tales (some incomplete). His first collection, Ghost Stories of an Antiquary (1904), was followed by More Ghost Stories (1911),  A Thin Ghost and Others (1919), A Warning to the Curious (1925) and The Collected Ghost Stories of M.R. James (1931). Apart from the ghost stories, his output of medieval scholarship was phenomenal. He catalogued many of the manuscript libraries of the Cambridge and Oxford colleges. Among his other scholarly works, he wrote The Apocalypse in Art, which placed illuminated Apocalypse manuscripts into families. He also translated the New Testament Apocrypha.

Featured books by M. R. James

Complete Ghost Stories

Complete Ghost Stories

Author: M. R. James Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/01/2017

The art of telling a ghost story is a refined one, and Montague Rhodes James was a master of the genre. He draws the reader into a narrative that at first seems innocuous, but which becomes darker and darker by gentle turns until he transfixes you with his prose, creating the most unforgettable, alarming and frightening images. Complete Ghost Stories by M. R. James contains all his timeless masterpieces from the four collections of his eerie tales: 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). This beautiful Macmillan Collector's Library edition features an afterword by author and playwright David Stuart Davies. Designed to appeal to the booklover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.

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Other books by M. R. James

Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories

Author: M. R. James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2018

'Still as the night was, the mysterious population of the distant moonlit woods was not yet lulled to rest' The aim of a good ghost story is to make the blood freeze, pleasurably, and this M. R. James achieves to perfection in these wonderful stories. His most atmospheric settings include English country houses and gardens, the north end of the churchyard, the yew-maze in 'Mr Humphreys and his Inheritance' and the unforgettable train journey in 'Casting the Runes'. To each of these stories he brings an eye for the telling detail, an imaginative twist and a narrative tone that is, at least to begin with, urbane and reassuring ... The Penguin English Library - collectable general readers' editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century to the end of the Second World War.

M. R. James: The Complete Supernatural Stories (30+ tales of horror and mystery: Count Magnus, Casting the Runes, Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You My Lad, Lost Hearts...)

M. R. James: The Complete Supernatural Stories (30+ tales of horror and mystery: Count Magnus, Casting the Runes, Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You My Lad, Lost Hearts...)

Author: M. R. James Format: eBook Release Date: 26/05/2018

Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936) was an English author, medievalist scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge, and of Eton College. Though James's work as a medievalist is still highly regarded, he is best remembered for his ghost stories, which are regarded as among the best in the genre. He redefined the ghost story for the new century by abandoning many of the formal Gothic cliches of his predecessors and using more realistic contemporary settings. H. P. Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith were admirers of James's work. Michael Sadleir described him as "e;the best ghost-story writer England has ever produced"e;. Paul Theroux refers to "e;The Mezzotint"e; as "e;the most frightening story I know"e;. In his list "e;The 13 Most Terrifying Horror Stories"e;, T. E. D. Klein placed James's "e;Casting the Runes"e; at number one.

Ghosts

Ghosts

Author: M. R. James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2018

A high-pitched laugh echoes in an empty church. Servants discover their master dead in his bed, the only sign of disturbance an open window. The coffin of a woman hanged as a witch is found to be empty. A bed that hasn't been slept in is crumpled and distressed come the morning. A skeletal figure creeps closer and closer to the house where an unsuspecting family lie sleeping. In these chilling tales of the supernatural, M. R. James proves he truly is the master of the ghost story. Selected from the book Ghost Stories by M.R. James VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS. A series of short books by the world's greatest writers on the experiences that make us human Also in the Vintage Minis series: Drinking by John Cheever Summer by Laurie Lee Friendship by Rose Tremain Love by Jeanette Winterson

Greatest Ghost and Horror Stories Ever Written: volume 1 (The Dunwich Horror, The Tell-Tale Heart, Green Tea, The Monkey's Paw, The Willows, The Shadows on the Wall, and many more!)

Greatest Ghost and Horror Stories Ever Written: volume 1 (The Dunwich Horror, The Tell-Tale Heart, Green Tea, The Monkey's Paw, The Willows, The Shadows on the Wall, and many more!)

If you were looking for the Holy Bible of the horror anthologies, consider yourself lucky, because you just found it!Cosmic horror, supernatural events, ghost stories, weird fiction, mystical fantasies, occult narratives, this book plunges you into dark domains and brings you face to face with surreal monstrosities. This first volume of "e;The Greatest Ghost and Horror Stories Ever Written"e; features 30 stories by an all-star cast, including Ambrose Bierce, Algernon Blackwood, Robert W. Chambers, M. R. James, H. P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Machen, Sheridan Le Fanu, Walter De La Mare, Franz Kafka, Robert E. Howard, John Metcalfe, W. W. Jacobs and Lafcadio Hearn, among many others!

Greatest Ghost and Horror Stories Ever Written: volume 2 (30 short stories)

Greatest Ghost and Horror Stories Ever Written: volume 2 (30 short stories)

If you were looking for the Holy Bible of the horror anthologies, consider yourself lucky, because you just found it!Cosmic horror, supernatural events, ghost stories, weird fiction, mystical fantasies, occult narratives, this book plunges you into dark domains and brings you face to face with surreal monstrosities. This second volume of "e;The Greatest Ghost and Horror Stories Ever Written"e; features 30 stories by an all-star cast, including Ambrose Bierce, Algernon Blackwood, Robert W. Chambers, M. R. James, H. P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Machen, Sheridan Le Fanu, Walter De La Mare, Marjorie Bowen, Vincent O'Sullivan, John Metcalfe, Magaret Oliphant and A. M. Burrage, among many others!

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, Vol. 2 A Graphic Collection of Short Stories by M.R. James

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, Vol. 2 A Graphic Collection of Short Stories by M.R. James

Author: M. R. James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/10/2017

Curl up by the fire and enter the sinister, supernatural world of Montague Rhodes James, the master of the English ghost story. An influence on writers from H. P. Lovecraft to Stephen King, James created tales of understated horror that continue to transfix readers 80 years after his death. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, Vol. 2 comprises graphic adaptations of four spine-chilling stories by M. R. James: Number 13, Count Magnus, Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad, and The Treasure of Abbot Thomas. Filled with intrigue, suspense, and intellectual adventure, these enthralling tales of terror plunge readers into a world of creeping dread, where rationality is challenged and the mundane collides with the supernatural. Capturing James's trademark atmosphere of pervasive disquiet, Leah Moore and John Reppion's subtly crafted adaptations breathe fresh life into these classic stories about restless phantoms and ill-advised academic exploration.

Casting the Runes

Casting the Runes

Author: M. R. James, Bleak December Format: eBook Release Date: 10/10/2017

You are allowed 3 days...The publication of a mysterious book on the history of witchcraft is at the center of a dark and terrifying mystery. Its a race against time as Edward Dunning must try to unravel the secret of the ancient runes, and a demonic curse placed upon him by the evil Magnus Karswellplayed by legendary film star David Warner (The Omen, Titanic). A classic chiller brought to life in this terrifying adaptation of the M.R. James classic!Cast:David Warner (Karswell), Anthony D.P. Mann (Dunning), Terry Wade (Rhodes), Anne-Marie Bergman (Mme. Somnambula), Steven Spencer (The Professor), Dave Hudson (Cabby #1 / Porter), Nikolas Yuen (Freder / Cabby #2 / The Demon). Music by Brent Holland

Thin Ghost and Others

Thin Ghost and Others

Author: M. R. James Format: eBook Release Date: 25/09/2017

A Thin Ghost and Others is M. R. James' third collection of ghost stories, published in 1919. Contents include: "e;The Residence at Whitminster"e; "e;The Diary of Mr Poynter"e; "e;An Episode of Cathedral History"e; "e;The Story of a Disappearance and an Appearance"e; "e;Two Doctors"e;

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary

Author: M. R. James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/06/2017

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. 'At first you saw only a mass of coarse, matted black hair; presently it was seen that this covered a body of fearful thinness, almost a skeleton, but with the muscles standing out like wires' M.R. James' ghost stories are brimming with delicate horror. They take place in the quiet corners of churches, and between the dusty shelves of esteemed college libraries. But when Professor Parkin discovers a whistle in a Templar ruin, or Sir Richard Fell inherits a country manor with a horrifying history, malevolent forces are unleashed. Something half-glimpsed, something not of this world, is preparing to disturb the silence. Having terrified generations since its first publication in 1904, Ghost Stories of an Antiquary is a collection that will haunt the reader's imagination long after the lights have gone out.

Collected Ghost Stories (OWC Hardback)

Collected Ghost Stories (OWC Hardback)

Author: M. R. James Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/04/2017

'I was conscious of a most horrible smell of mould, and of a cold kind of face pressed against my own...' Considered by many to be the most terrifying writer in English, M. R. James was an eminent scholar who spent his entire adult life in the academic surroundings of Eton and Cambridge. His classic supernatural tales draw on the terrors of the everyday, in which documents and objects unleash terrible forces, often in closed rooms and night-time settings where imagination runs riot. Lonely country houses, remote inns, ancient churches or the manuscript collections of great libraries provide settings for unbearable menace, from creatures seeking retribution and harm. These stories have lost none of their power to unsettle and disturb. This edition presents all of James's published ghost stories, including the unforgettable 'Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad' and 'Casting the Runes', and an appendix of James's writings on the ghost story. Darryl Jones's introduction and notes provide a fascinating insight into James's background and his mastery of the genre he made his own.

Four Ghost Stories 'Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad' ; An Episode of Cathedral History ; Casting the Runes ; and The Diary of Mr. Poynter

Four Ghost Stories 'Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad' ; An Episode of Cathedral History ; Casting the Runes ; and The Diary of Mr. Poynter

Author: M. R. James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/03/2017

This volume collects four of M. R. James's most beloved stories of the supernatural. These tales show how James redefined the ghost story and exemplify his connection to academia, antiquities, and medievalism, occupations that inspired and informed his fiction. Perfect as an introduction to James's understated mode of horror, these spine-chilling ghost stories demonstrate his mastery of the form.

Old Testament Legends

Old Testament Legends

Author: M. R. James Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2017

Delve deeper into the fascinating nooks and crannies of biblical history with this engaging volume of tales from the Old Testament era. Ordered chronologically, some of the tales center on unfamiliar characters, while others provide new insight and details about well-known figures such as Adam and Eve.

Old Testament Legends

Old Testament Legends

Author: M. R. James Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2017

Delve deeper into the fascinating nooks and crannies of biblical history with this engaging volume of tales from the Old Testament era. Ordered chronologically, some of the tales center on unfamiliar characters, while others provide new insight and details about well-known figures such as Adam and Eve.

Complete Ghost Stories

Complete Ghost Stories

Author: M. R. James Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/01/2017

The art of telling a ghost story is a refined one, and Montague Rhodes James was a master of the genre. He draws the reader into a narrative that at first seems innocuous, but which becomes darker and darker by gentle turns until he transfixes you with his prose, creating the most unforgettable, alarming and frightening images. Complete Ghost Stories by M. R. James contains all his timeless masterpieces from the four collections of his eerie tales: 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). This beautiful Macmillan Collector's Library edition features an afterword by author and playwright David Stuart Davies. Designed to appeal to the booklover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.

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Creature on the Moonlit Road

Creature on the Moonlit Road

Author: M. R. James Format: eBook Release Date: 09/11/2016

';A master of the supernatural. I first read M. R. James as a boyin a forest rest-house, and he had me hooked on ghost storiesfor the rest of my life.' Ruskin BondMr Abney was found in his chair, his head thrown back In his left side was a terrible lacerated wound, exposing the heart. There was no blood on his hands, and a long knife that lay on the table was perfectly clean.M. R. James is one of the greatest writers of supernatural stories from the last century. He has left an enduring legacy, and remains popular not only among generations of readers but also among later writersfrom H. P. Lovecraft and John Bellairs to Stephen King and Paul Theroux.In this selection you will encounter the critic Mr Dunning who, after having rejected a paper on ';The Truth of Alchemy', finds himself being followed by an indescribable horror night and day. Mr Garrett, a librarian, is called upon to retrieve a Talmudic text. But, in performing this simple task, he is drawn into the matter of a mysteriously coded will and a murderous uncle. Ann Clark, jilted and murdered by George Martin, comes back from the beyond to send her lover to the gallows. And, after a scholar of pagan rites is found with his chest ripped open, his young cousin understands why the man took him in as an orphan.Understated, placid surfaces which conceal the stuff of nightmares, the stories in The Creature on the Moonlit Road are some of the best in the genre. Gripping, and full of the most unexpected surprises, this volume is guaranteed to thrill.

Creature on the Moonlit Road

Creature on the Moonlit Road

Author: M. R. James Format: eBook Release Date: 09/11/2016

';A master of the supernatural. I first read M. R. James as a boyin a forest rest-house, and he had me hooked on ghost storiesfor the rest of my life.' Ruskin BondMr Abney was found in his chair, his head thrown back In his left side was a terrible lacerated wound, exposing the heart. There was no blood on his hands, and a long knife that lay on the table was perfectly clean.M. R. James is one of the greatest writers of supernatural stories from the last century. He has left an enduring legacy, and remains popular not only among generations of readers but also among later writersfrom H. P. Lovecraft and John Bellairs to Stephen King and Paul Theroux.In this selection you will encounter the critic Mr Dunning who, after having rejected a paper on ';The Truth of Alchemy', finds himself being followed by an indescribable horror night and day. Mr Garrett, a librarian, is called upon to retrieve a Talmudic text. But, in performing this simple task, he is drawn into the matter of a mysteriously coded will and a murderous uncle. Ann Clark, jilted and murdered by George Martin, comes back from the beyond to send her lover to the gallows. And, after a scholar of pagan rites is found with his chest ripped open, his young cousin understands why the man took him in as an orphan.Understated, placid surfaces which conceal the stuff of nightmares, the stories in The Creature on the Moonlit Road are some of the best in the genre. Gripping, and full of the most unexpected surprises, this volume is guaranteed to thrill.

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