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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.

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 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's tales of understated horror 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 captivating tales of terror plunge the reader 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 stories of restless phantoms and ill-advised academic exploration.

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.

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.

Haunted Dolls' House

Haunted Dolls' House

Author: M. R. James Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2016

There was no striking clock within earshotnone on the staircase, none in the stable, none in the distant church tower. Yet it is indubitable that Mr Dillet was started out of a very pleasant slumber by a bell tolling OneM. R. James is widely considered to be one of the greatest practitioners of the art of the ghost story. First published at the turn of the twentieth century, he has left a lasting legacy acknowledged not only by readers, but also by many later writersfrom H. P. Lovecraft and John Bellairs to Stephen King and Paul Theroux.In this collection you will find a dolls' house come to life at precisely 1 a.m. to reveal a tragedy. A man on holiday near the sea finds a whistle; he blows into it one night and finds himself with an unwanted roommate. An art dealer acquires a painting that rearranges itself every few hours to tell him a dreadful story. And an ash tree which stands on the grounds of Castringham Hall could hold the secret to why residents of the Hall die mysteriously, and to what Mrs Mothersole meant when she said, ';There will be guests at the Hall,' before being burnt at the stake. Deceptively normal worlds etched in deft, understated prose, these stories conceal undercurrents which build up to frightening scenes of great visual power. The Haunted Dolls' House is an unputdownable readas compelling as it is spine-chilling.

Haunted Dolls' House

Haunted Dolls' House

Author: M. R. James Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2016

There was no striking clock within earshotnone on the staircase, none in the stable, none in the distant church tower. Yet it is indubitable that Mr Dillet was started out of a very pleasant slumber by a bell tolling OneM. R. James is widely considered to be one of the greatest practitioners of the art of the ghost story. First published at the turn of the twentieth century, he has left a lasting legacy acknowledged not only by readers, but also by many later writersfrom H. P. Lovecraft and John Bellairs to Stephen King and Paul Theroux.In this collection you will find a dolls' house come to life at precisely 1 a.m. to reveal a tragedy. A man on holiday near the sea finds a whistle; he blows into it one night and finds himself with an unwanted roommate. An art dealer acquires a painting that rearranges itself every few hours to tell him a dreadful story. And an ash tree which stands on the grounds of Castringham Hall could hold the secret to why residents of the Hall die mysteriously, and to what Mrs Mothersole meant when she said, ';There will be guests at the Hall,' before being burnt at the stake. Deceptively normal worlds etched in deft, understated prose, these stories conceal undercurrents which build up to frightening scenes of great visual power. The Haunted Dolls' House is an unputdownable readas compelling as it is spine-chilling.

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, Vol. 1

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, Vol. 1

Author: M. R. James, Leah Moore, John Reppion Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2016

Curl up by the fire and enter the sinister, supernatural world of Montague Rhodes James, the master of the English ghost story. Chillingly atmospheric, quietly terrifying, M.R. James's stories explore the darkness just beyond the flicker of the candle or the creaking door. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, Vol. 1 comprises graphic adaptations of four of James's most compelling and unsettling stories, plunging readers into a world of pervasive, creeping disquiet - a world populated by vengeful phantoms, disturbing visions and spectral works of art. Published on the 80th anniversary of James's death, this is a graphic novel to be read on a winter's night, a book to curl up with - but not a book for the faint-hearted.

Episode of Cathedral History (Fantasy and Horror Classics)

Episode of Cathedral History (Fantasy and Horror Classics)

Author: M. R. James Format: eBook Release Date: 09/03/2016

This vintage book contains Montague Rhodes James's chilling supernatural short story "e;An Episode of Cathedral History"e;. First published as part of "e;The collected ghost stories of M.R. James"e; (1931), it is a hair-raising ghost story highly recommended for all lovers of the genre. Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936) was an English author who often published under the name M. R. James. He was a seminal medievalist scholar, but today is most famous for his contributions to supernatural fiction. James was a masterful purveyor of macabre tales highly regarded by H. P. Lovecraft. Other notable works by this author include: "e;More Ghost Stories"e; (1911), "e;A Thin Ghost and Others"e; (1919), and "e;A Warning to the Curious and Other Ghost Stories (1925). Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern edition complete with a specially commissioned new introduction.

Delphi Complete Works of M. R. James (Illustrated)

Delphi Complete Works of M. R. James (Illustrated)

Author: M. R. James Format: eBook Release Date: 11/08/2015

M. R. James entirely redefined the ghost story for the modern reader. Abandoning many of the formal Gothic cliches of his predecessors, he chose instead realistic contemporary settings, whilst blending his esoteric interest in antiquarian subjects to fashion his own inimitable tales of horror. For the first time in publishing history, Delphi Classics presents the complete fictional works of M. R. James, as well offering every published work that James produced for the general reader. This comprehensive eBook offers numerous illustrations, informative introductions, rare texts and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to James' life and works* Concise introductions to the short story collections and other texts* ALL the story collections, with individual contents tables* Includes rare uncollected ghost stories often missed out of collections* Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts* Excellent formatting of the texts* Famous works such as GHOST STORIES OF AN ANTIQUARY are fully illustrated with their original artwork* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the ghost stories* Easily locate the short stories you want to read* All of James' translations of Hans Christian Andersen's stories* Many rare non fiction works appear here for the first time in digital publishing history* Even includes the two rare guide books written by James - first time in digital print* Includes James' rare memoir - explore the author's personal experiences* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genresCONTENTS:The Short Story CollectionsGHOST STORIES OF AN ANTIQUARYMORE GHOST STORIESA THIN GHOST AND OTHERSA WARNING TO THE CURIOUS AND OTHER GHOST STORIESTHE COLLECTED GHOST STORIES OF M. R. JAMESUNCOLLECTED STORIESThe Short StoriesLIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDERLIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDERThe Children's BooksTHE FIVE JARSFORTY-TWO STORIES BY HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSENThe Non-FictionHENRY THE SIXTH: A REPRINT OF JOHN BLACMAN'S MEMOIRTHE WANDERINGS AND HOMES OF MANUSCRIPTS HELPS FOR STUDENTS OF HISTORYOLD TESTAMENT LEGENDSPROLOGUE TO LE FANU'S MADAM CROWL'S GHOST AND OTHER TALES OF MYSTERYTHE APOCRYPHAL NEW TESTAMENTINTRODUCTION TO 'GHOSTS AND MARVELS' (1924)SOME REMARKS ON GHOST STORIESGHOSTS - TREAT THEM GENTLY!The GuidebooksABBEYSSUFFOLK AND NORFOLKThe MemoirETON AND KING'S: RECOLLECTIONS, MOSTLY TRIVIAL, 1875-1925Contents Of The Us Version:Please note: due to US copyright restrictions, later stories and some non-fiction works are not included. The Short Story CollectionsGHOST STORIES OF AN ANTIQUARYMORE GHOST STORIESA THIN GHOST AND OTHERSA WARNING TO THE CURIOUS AND OTHER GHOST STORIESThe Short StoriesLIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDERLIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDERThe Children's NovellaTHE FIVE JARSThe Non-FictionHENRY THE SIXTH: A REPRINT OF JOHN BLACMAN'S MEMOIRTHE WANDERINGS AND HOMES OF MANUSCRIPTS HELPS FOR STUDENTS OF HISTORYOLD TESTAMENT LEGENDSPROLOGUE TO LE FANU'S MADAM CROWL'S GHOST AND OTHER TALES OF MYSTERYThe GuidebooksABBEYSSUFFOLK AND NORFOLKThe MemoirETON AND KING'S: RECOLLECTIONS, MOSTLY TRIVIAL, 1875-1925

Delphi Works of M. R. James (Illustrated)

Delphi Works of M. R. James (Illustrated)

Author: M. R. James Format: eBook Release Date: 11/08/2015

M. R. James entirely redefined the ghost story for the modern reader. Abandoning many of the formal Gothic cliches of his predecessors, he chose instead realistic contemporary settings, whilst blending his esoteric interest in antiquarian subjects to fashion his own inimitable tales of horror. This is the most complete collection possible of the works of M. R. James in the US, offering almost all of the ghost stories and many rare texts appearing here for the first time in digital format. This comprehensive eBook provides numerous illustrations, informative introductions, rare texts and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to James' life and works* Concise introductions to the short story collections and other texts* Four story collections, with individual contents tables* Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts* Excellent formatting of the texts* Famous works such as GHOST STORIES OF AN ANTIQUARY are fully illustrated with their original artwork* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the ghost stories* Easily locate the short stories you want to read* James' novella written for children* Rare non-fiction works appear here for the first time in digital publishing history* Even includes the two rare guide books written by James - first time in digital print* Includes James' rare memoir - explore the author's personal experiences* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genresPlease note - these eight stories cannot appear due to copyright restrictions: WAILING WELL, THERE WAS A MAN DWELT BY A CHURCHYARD, RATS, AFTER DARK IN THE PLAYING FIELDS, THE EXPERIMENT, THE MALICE OF INANIMATE OBJECTS, A VIGNETTE and THE FENSTANTON WITCH. Once new texts enter the public domain, they will be added to the eBook as a free update.Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titlesCONTENTS:The Short Story CollectionsGHOST STORIES OF AN ANTIQUARYMORE GHOST STORIESA THIN GHOST AND OTHERSA WARNING TO THE CURIOUS AND OTHER GHOST STORIESThe Short StoriesLIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDERLIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDERThe Children's NovellaTHE FIVE JARSThe Non-FictionHENRY THE SIXTH: A REPRINT OF JOHN BLACMAN'S MEMOIRTHE WANDERINGS AND HOMES OF MANUSCRIPTS HELPS FOR STUDENTS OF HISTORYOLD TESTAMENT LEGENDSPROLOGUE TO LE FANU'S MADAM CROWL'S GHOST AND OTHER TALES OF MYSTERYThe GuidebooksABBEYSSUFFOLK AND NORFOLKThe MemoirETON AND KING'S: RECOLLECTIONS, MOSTLY TRIVIAL, 1875-1925Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary

Author: M. R. James Format: eBook Release Date: 27/01/2015

Sometimes the greatest horrors lurk in the most mundane places This collection features some of M. R. James's greatest tales of the supernatural world crossing over into our own. In ';Number 13,' an inn that previously belonged to an alchemist changes dimensions in the night. ';The Mezzotint' features a painting of a house reenacting a gruesome scene from the house's history. In ';The Treasure of Abbot Thomas,' an antiquary who has discovered the location of a treasure gets far more than he bargained for. James's tales of the terror that hides beneath the prosaic continue to stun more than a century after they were written. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

Collected Ghost Stories (OWC Hardback)

Collected Ghost Stories (OWC Hardback)

Author: M. R. James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2013

'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. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

The Five Jars

The Five Jars

Author: M. R. James Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/10/2013

Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad

Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad

Author: M. R. James Format: eBook Release Date: 04/06/2013

M. R. James was a prolific and hugely successful author, now credited with redefining the ghost story form. By abandoning many of the formal gothic cliches of his predecessors and using more contemporary settings, James set the stage for future generations of writers. Originally published in 1904, "e;Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad"e; is the story of a man who digs up a bronze whistle, which, after blowing it, leads to unexpected consequences. Haunting yet realistic, "e;Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad"e; ranks among his best and most underrated tales.Proceeds from sale of this title go to Reach Out and Read, an innovative literacy advocacy organization.

Hunting the Dream

Hunting the Dream

Author: M. R. James Format: eBook Release Date: 18/05/2013

Five Jars

Five Jars

Author: M. R. James Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2012

Looking for a spooky tale to read in front of the fireplace on Halloween or around the campfire on your next outdoor adventure? The Five Jars from M.R. James, master of the Victorian ghost story, is a frightening but family-friendly yarn that will tantalize young and old alike.

More Ghost Stories

More Ghost Stories

Author: M. R. James Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2012

Author Montague Rhodes James was a medieval scholar by training, and he was interested in the oral storytelling tradition that prevailed before the printed word took hold and gained worldwide popularity. His ghost stories were written to be read aloud in a group setting, but even if you dare to read them all alone, you'll appreciate their subtlety, elegance and slow building of suspense.

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary

Author: M. R. James Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2012

Looking for some spooky stories to read on a camping trip, at a Halloween party, or at home with the family in front of a roaring fire? The works of medieval scholar M.R. James should fit the bill. James often said that he wrote his stories to be read aloud, so snuggle up and lose yourself in their slow-building suspense and lulling language.

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary

Author: M. R. James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/11/2011

Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories

Author: M. R. James, Ruth Rendell Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/2011

SELECTED AND INTRODUCED BY RUTH RENDELL M. R. James wrote his ghost stories to entertain friends on Christmas Eve, and they went on to both transform and modernise a genre. James harnesses the power of suggestion to move from a recognisable world to one that is indefinably strange, and then unforgettably terrifying. Sheets, pictures, carvings, a dolls house, a lonely beach, a branch tapping on a window - ordinary things take on more than a tinge of dread in the hands of the original master of suspense.

Eton and King's Recollections, Mostly Trivial, 1875-1925

Eton and King's Recollections, Mostly Trivial, 1875-1925

Author: M. R. James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2011

M. R. James (1862-1936), best remembered today for his ghost stories, was Provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905-1918) and of Eton College (1918-1936). In these memoirs, he tells the story of the times he spent at the two prestigious institutions, providing a vibrant account of the people and experiences that characterised them. Beginning with his first impressions of Eton as a boy, he lends a unique insight into the school, moving on to recount with affection his scholarly and teaching careers in both these 'royal and religious foundations'. Ghosts and games, choirs and Christmases, and dramas and dons are all recalled in vivid detail, creating a colourful picture of academic life during the early twentieth century and the First World War. Anecdotal, touching and often humorous, James' recollections reveal his role in both intellectual and social life at these famous institutions, and his dedication and allegiance to them.

Thin Ghost and Others

Thin Ghost and Others

Author: M. R. James Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2010

Are you the type who loves nothing more than curling up with a book of ghost stories? If so, be sure to add A Thin Ghost and Others to your must-read list. A gem from the golden age of Gothic horror, these spine-tingling tales will satisfy your craving for ghoulishly top-notch fiction.

Casting the Runes and Other Ghost Stories

Casting the Runes and Other Ghost Stories

Author: M. R. James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2009

This selection of 21 stories represents the best of James's work, and includes three stories which are not in the Collected Edition. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Spine Chillers

Spine Chillers

Author: M. R. James Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/10/2008

Widely acknowledged as the master of the supernatural, M. R. James penned many of his classic ghost stories to be read aloud to friends, by candlelight, in his study on Christmas Eve. These five adaptations, originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4, perfectly capture the mood of nerve-jangling suspense that would surely have been present during those readings. In `Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad', Professor Parkins embarks on a terrifying journey of discovery after he removes a curious artefact from the ruins of a Templar preceptory; while `The Tractate Middoth' sees diligent curator David Garrett caught up in the machinations of the mysterious Dr Rant when he's sent to retrieve an obscure manuscript from the library stacks. `Lost Hearts' tells of a young boy haunted by two ghostly children, and in `The Rose Garden', terrifying forces are unleashed when the Goodmans tear down their old summer house. Finally, `Number 13' takes us to the Danish town of Viborg, where Dr Anderson puts himself in terrible danger as he investigates why the hotel he's staying at does not contain a room 13. Starring BAFTA and Emmy-award winning actor Derek Jacobi, and with powerfully chilling music and sound effects, these rich, riveting dramatisations make for irresistible listening. 1 CD. 1 hr 5 mins.

Level 4: The Locked Room and Other Horror Stories

Level 4: The Locked Room and Other Horror Stories

Author: M. R. James Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/03/2008

Classic / British English A tree full of enormous spiders, a living thing with no face, a picture that comes alive, and a boy with no heart. These are some of the frightening things in these stories by M. R. James, one of the greatest horror writers of all time.

Oxford Bookworms Library: Level 4:: The Unquiet Grave - Short Stories

Oxford Bookworms Library: Level 4:: The Unquiet Grave - Short Stories

Author: M. R. James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2008

Classics, modern fiction, non-fiction and more. Written for secondary and adult students the Oxford Bookworms Library has seven reading levels from A1-C1 of the CEFR. If you find a locked room in a lonely inn, don't try to open it, even on a bright sunny day. If you find a strange whistle hidden among the stones of an old church, don't blow it. If a mysterious man gives you a piece of paper with strange writing on it, give it back to him at once. And if you call a dead man from his grave, don't expect to sleep peacefully ever again. Read these five ghost stories by daylight, and make sure your door is locked. CEFR B1/B2 Word count 15,860

The Haunted Dolls' House and Other Ghost Stories

The Haunted Dolls' House and Other Ghost Stories

Author: M. R. James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/09/2006

Antiquarian Paxton travels to a small town on the coast of Norfolk and learns of a legend concerning three crowns buried on the coast thousands of years ago to protect the land against marauding Vikings. Paxton tries to find the remaining crown, unaware of the supernatural presence that protects it.

Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories

Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories

Author: M. R. James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/06/2006

The only annotated edition of M. R. James's writings currently available, Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories contains the entire first two volumes of James's ghost stories, Ghost Stories of an Antiquary and More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary. These volumes are both the culmination of the nineteenth-century ghost story tradition and the inspiration for much of the best twentieth-century work in this genre. Included in this collection are such landmark tales as Count Magnus, set in the wilds of Sweden; Number 13, a distinctive tale about a haunted hotel room; Casting the Runes, a richly complex tale of sorcery that served as the basis for the classic horror film Curse of the Demon; and Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad, one of the most frightening tales in literature. The appendix includes several rare texts, including A Night in King's College Chapel, James's first known ghost story.

Room 13 and Other Ghost Stories - With Audio CD

Room 13 and Other Ghost Stories - With Audio CD

Author: M. R. James Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/01/2005

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More Ghost Stories

More Ghost Stories

Author: M. R. James Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2004

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary

Author: M. R. James Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2004

More Ghost Stories

More Ghost Stories

Author: M. R. James Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2004

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary

Author: M. R. James Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2004

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