Collected Ghost Stories

ISBN-10: 1840225513
ISBN-13: 9781840225518
Edition: 2007
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Description: M.R. James is probably the finest ghost-story writer England has ever produced. These tales are not only classics of their genre, but are also superb examples of beautifully-paced understatement, convincing background and chilling terror.As well as  More...

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List price: $6.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions, Limited
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.80" long x 0.75" tall
Language: English

M.R. James is probably the finest ghost-story writer England has ever produced. These tales are not only classics of their genre, but are also superb examples of beautifully-paced understatement, convincing background and chilling terror.As well as the preface, there is a fascinating tail-piece by M.R. James, ‘Stories I Have Tried To Write’, which accompanies these thirty tales. Among them are ‘Casting the Runes’, ‘Oh, Whistle and I’ll come to you, My Lad’, ‘The Tractate Middoth’, ‘The Ash Tree’ and ‘Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook’.‘There are some authors one wishes one had never read in order to have the joy of reading them for the first time. For me, M.R. James is one of these’. Ruth Rendell

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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