Collected Ghost Stories

Collected Ghost Stories


By (author) M. R. James, Edited by Darryl Jones

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 512 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 221mm x 38mm | 794g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199568847
  • ISBN 13: 9780199568840
  • Sales rank: 114,629

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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.

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Author information

Darryl Jones's other publications include Horror: A Thematic History in Fiction and Film (London: Arnold; New York: OUP, 2002).

Review quote

first-rate introduction Ferdinand Mount, London Review of Books Atmospheric, spare and dangerous: these are classics of a master. Daily Echo The definitive edition of James's stories... a treasure trove for every horror lover. Politico For those who like their flesh to creep, there is an inimitable cumulative pleasure in reading these stories Daily Telegraph This collection is perfect both for longstanding M R James fans or those new to his chilling tales. The Oldie An outstanding new edition... exemplary. Boyd Tonkin, The Independent

Table of contents

Introduction ; Select Bibliography ; Chronology of M. R. James ; Canon Alberic's Scrap-book ; Lost Hearts ; The Mezzotint ; The Ash-Tree ; Number 13 ; Count Magnus ; 'Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad' ; The Treasure of Abbot Thomas ; A School Story ; The Rose Garden ; The Tractate Middoth ; Casting the Runes ; The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral ; Martin's Close ; Mr. Humphreys and His Inheritance ; The Residence at Whitminster ; The Diary of Mr. Poynter ; An Episode of Cathedral History ; The Story of a Disappearance and an Appearance ; Two Doctors ; The Haunted Dolls' House ; The Uncommon Prayer-Book ; A Neighbour's Landmark ; A View from a Hill ; A Warning to the Curious ; An Evening's Entertainment ; There was a Man Dwelt by a Churchyard ; Rats ; After Dark in the Playing Fields ; Wailing Well ; The Experiment ; The Malice of Inanimate Objects ; A Vignette ; Appendix: M. R. James on Ghost Stories ; Explanatory Notes