A fine collection of gripping, gory and chilling stories many of which lay the foundation for several modern day films. If you want a good spook then here is some good bed time reading, although maybe sleep with the light on!
June 2010 Guest Editor Patrick Gale on M. R. James...
James didn’t invent the ghost story but he certainly perfected it. With their dry tone and fussily academic narrators, his tales of ghosts and demons in everything from a hotel room to a picture and even a whistle build a convincing sense of evil from what is left unsaid or unexplained. If the mutilated ghost children in Lost Hearts don’t lead to you drawing your curtains more firmly, you have no imagination…
M.R. James is probably the finest ghost-story writer England has ever produced. These tales are not only classics of their genre, but are also superb examples of beautifully-paced understatement, convincing background and chilling terror. As well as the preface, there is a fascinating tail-piece by M.R. James, 'Stories I Have Tried To Write', which accompanies these thirty tales. Among them are 'Casting the Runes', 'Oh, Whistle and I'll come to you, My Lad', 'The Tractate Middoth', 'The Ash Tree' and 'Canon Alberic's Scrapbook'.
'There are some authors one wishes one had never read in order to have the joy of reading them for the first time. For me, M.R. James is one of these.' - Ruth Rendall
Publication date: 10/07/2007
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
|Publication date:||10th July 2007|
|Author:||M. R. James|
|Publisher:||Wordsworth Editions Ltd|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Horror & ghost stories, Short stories,|
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 ...More About M. R. James