Ghost Stories [NOOK Book]

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SELECTED AND INTRODUCED BY RUTH RENDELL



'A gnawing sense of unease, a steady accumulation of sounds, shadows and images finally meet in a single moment of sensational physical horror' Daily Telegraph



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,...

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Overview

SELECTED AND INTRODUCED BY RUTH RENDELL



'A gnawing sense of unease, a steady accumulation of sounds, shadows and images finally meet in a single moment of sensational physical horror' Daily Telegraph



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.




See also: The Woman in Black

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Editorial Reviews

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"An original and powerful storyteller . . . A gnawing sense of unease, a steady accumulation of sounds, shadows and images finally meet in a single moment of sensational physical horror."  —Daily Telegraph

"M. R. James is quite simply the finest writer of ghost stories ever. They're always set in an academic context, about university chaps who find out very nasty things while they're researching. They uncork the wrong bottle, unearth the wrong papers, dig up the wrong place. . . . James was provost of Eton and a fellow of Kings College, and the stories have this wonderful candlelit, academic atmosphere, surrounded by incredible nastiness. Tweedy, but unpleasant."  —Christopher Frayling, author, Spaghetti Westerns

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781448113583
  • Publisher: Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/6/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 189,202
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Montague Rhodes James was born on 1 August 1862 near Bury St Edmunds, and he spent long periods of his later life in Suffolk, which provided the setting for many of his ghost stories. He studied at Eton and Kings College, Cambridge, where he was eventually elected Fellow, and then made Provost in 1905. In 1918 he became Provost of Eton. He was a renowed medievalist and biblical scholar, and published works on palaeography, antiquarianism, bibliography and history and guides to Suffolk and Norfolk, as well as editing a collection of ghost stories by Sheridan Le Fanu. However, he remains best known for his own ghost stories, which were published in several collections, including Ghost Stories of an Antiquary (1904), A Thin Ghost and Other Stories (1919), A Warning to the Curious (1925) and a collected edition in 1931. M. R. James never married and died on 12 June 1936.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    Sample stinks

    I went to go read the book and it was not until page twenty eight that it was the story. This stinks cause there are only thirty something pages in a sample

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    Posted December 25, 2013

    Stephanie

    "I love this book you'll want to watch your back."

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