Collected Ghost Stories

Collected Ghost Stories

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by M. R. James, Darryl Jones
     
 

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

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.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199568840
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2011
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.50(d)

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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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Collected Ghost Stories 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book I have ever read!
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