Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories

ISBN-10: 0143039393
ISBN-13: 9780143039396
Edition: 2005
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Description: The only annotated edition of M. R. Jamess writings currently available, Count Magnus and Other Ghost Storiescontains the entire first two volumes of Jamess ghost stories, Ghost Stories of an Antiquaryand More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary. These  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 10/4/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

The only annotated edition of M. R. Jamess writings currently available, Count Magnus and Other Ghost Storiescontains the entire first two volumes of Jamess ghost stories, Ghost Stories of an Antiquaryand More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary. These volumes are both the culmination of the nineteenth-century ghost story tradition and the inspiration for much of the best twentieth-century work in this genre. Included in this collection are such landmark tales as Count Magnus, set in the wilds of Sweden; Number 13, a distinctive tale about a haunted hotel room; Casting the Runes, a richly complex tale of sorcery that served as the basis for the classic horror film Curse of the Demon; and Oh, Whistle, and Ill Come to You, My Lad, one of the most frightening tales in literature. The appendix includes several rare texts, including A Night in Kings College Chapel, Jamess first known ghost story.

M. R. James is, along with J. Sheridan Le Fanu, the finest author of ghost stories in the English language. Although he is somewhat less prolific than Le Fanu, James's handful of elegantly crafted short fiction remains, since first being published, the standard by which all other contemporary ghost stories are judged. James was born in 1862 in Goodnestone, Kent. His early professional interests were in archaeology, later refined to antiquarianism. As a respected academic, he received a fellowship at King's College, Cambridge, in 1887, and later became its provost. James began writing his ghost stories as an entertainment for his friends; he would read these stories each year at Christmas to his colleagues at King's. The earliest of these tales include "Canon Alberic's Scrap-book" and "Lost Hearts," both of which were later collected in his first anthology of supernatural fiction, Ghost Stories of an Antiquary (1904). Perhaps James's single greatest story is the profoundly disturbing "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad" (1904). James was a great admirer of the work of Le Fanu and was primarily responsible for resurrecting Le Fanu's work from undeserved obscurity. Like Le Fanu's short stories, James's supernatural fiction is generally understated and powerfully atmospheric.

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