Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James

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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 unsettle and 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 provide settings 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's background and his mastery of the genre he made his own.
 

About M. R. James

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Montague Rhodes James (1862–1936) is one of the originators and most influential writers of supernatural fiction. Among his many honors was the Order of Merit, bestowed upon him by King George V in 1930. S. T. Joshi is a widely published writer, biographer, and editor. He has edited three Penguin Classics editions of H. P. Lovecraft’s horror tales, as well as Algernon Blackwood’s Ancient Sorceries and Other Strange Stories and Lord Dunsany’s In the Land of Time and Other Fantasy Tales.
 
Published October 1, 2011 by Wordsworth Editions. 368 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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

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James, Maurice Sendak, Neutral Milk Hotel, Occupy Wall Street, Rita Dove, Satoshi Nakamoto, Sir David Tang, Steve Jobs, The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Literature, The Tonight Show, Tiny Tim.

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James, Maurice Sendak, Neutral Milk Hotel, Occupy Wall Street, Rita Dove, Satoshi Nakamoto, Sir David Tang, Steve Jobs, The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Literature, The Tonight Show, Tiny Tim.

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