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    Collected Ghost Stories (Hardback) By (author) M. R. James, Edited by Darryl Jones

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    DescriptionConsidered 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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    Title
    Collected Ghost Stories
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) M. R. James, Edited by Darryl Jones
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 512
    Width: 146 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 721 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199568840
    ISBN 10: 0199568847
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    BIC E4L: HOR
    DC22: 823.912
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.4
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC029000
    LC classification: PR6019.A565 A6 2011
    Thema V1.0: FBC, FYB, FKC
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    01 December 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    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