Collected Ghost Stories

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'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 ...

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Overview


'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.

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Publishers Weekly
James (1862–1936), a Cambridge don, laid the foundations of the modern ghost story with the 33 well-wrought antiquarian tales collected here. In “‘Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad,’” a note blown on an ancient instrument accidentally summons a horrifying entity from the primitive past. “Canon Alberic’s Scrap-book” and “The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral” both concern demonic beings aroused through scholarly researches into church history. “The Mezzotint” tells of a supernaturally animated print whose imagery replays a horrifying tragedy from the past. James emphasized atmosphere and mood over shock tactics, but he always insisted that ghosts be malevolent and found very disquieting forms for them to take. Many of these stories are time-tested classics, and this volume, which also includes an informative introduction and notes by Darryl Jones, is indispensable for any fan of supernatural fiction. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199674893
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/15/2013
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 350,360
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Darryl Jones's other publications include Horror: A Thematic History in Fiction and Film (London: Arnold; New York: OUP, 2002).

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Select Bibliography
Chronology of M. R. James
Canon Alberic's Scrap-book
Lost Hearts
The Mezzotint
The Ash-Tree
Number 13
Count Magnus
'Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad'
The Treasure of Abbot Thomas
A School Story
The Rose Garden
The Tractate Middoth
Casting the Runes
The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral
Martin's Close
Mr. Humphreys and His Inheritance
The Residence at Whitminster
The Diary of Mr. Poynter
An Episode of Cathedral History
The Story of a Disappearance and an Appearance
Two Doctors
The Haunted Dolls' House
The Uncommon Prayer-Book
A Neighbour's Landmark
A View from a Hill
A Warning to the Curious
An Evening's Entertainment
There was a Man Dwelt by a Churchyard
Rats
After Dark in the Playing Fields
Wailing Well
The Experiment
The Malice of Inanimate Objects
A Vignette
Appendix: M. R. James on Ghost Stories
Explanatory Notes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2014

    Classic Ghost Stories from the Master

    You can't go wrong with picking up this volume of stories. M. R. James is the classic writer of the classic ghost story, just as Poe is the master of the weird tale. Give it a try.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2012

    Scary but good

    I am a scardy cat ways to help not to be scared good i will repay you promise!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Fantastico

    Best book I have ever read!

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