Collected Ghost Stories

Collected Ghost Stories

Book - 2011
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Considered by many to be the most terrifying writer in English, M. R. James is an unlikely producer of ghost-stories. An eminent scholar who spent his entire adult life in the academic surroundings of Eton and Cambridge, his classic supernatural tales have lost none of their power to unsettleand disturb. They 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 providesettings for unbearable menace, from creatures seeking retribution and harm. Stories that were first read aloud in James's study late on Christmas Eve have the power to haunt us still.This book 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'sbackground and his mastery of the genre he made his own.
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2011
ISBN: 0199568847
Branch Call Number: FIC JAMES SS
Characteristics: xxxvi, 468 p. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Jones, Darryl 1967-


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Jul 12, 2014

This book took me a long time to read, because of the tiny old English wording!
But it was sooo good. It was very different to read short stories!

May 09, 2012

If you are used to reading Edwardian style english, this book is excellent. If not, the first story at least is nicely chilling. However the archaic language style is a huge detractor to the stories, as it is a barrier to slog through until you are used to it. Usually I make an effort with each book, but with only a two week loan period, there wasnt the time nor the motivation.


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