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A Pleasing Terror: The Complete Supernatural Writings

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The ghost stories of M. R. James need no introduction. They are widely considered the very best classical supernatural tales ever committed to paper, and a testimony to their quality and universal appeal is the fact that James's Collected Ghost Stories has remained in print since its first publication in 1931. James's ghost stories are a towering achievement, and they cont ...more
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Published January 22nd 2012 by Ash-Tree Press (first published 2001)
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Jun 22, 2015 Neil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Montague Rhodes James was born in 1862 and was the provost of Kings College Cambridge and Eton. A well respected scholar of medieval manuscripts and considered alongside Humphrey Wanley and Neil Ker to be one of the best manuscript scholars that Britain has ever produced. But better known outside medievalist circles for his excellent collection of short ghost stories. These stories were written for and told to a small gathering of friends and students over the Christmas period before James was e ...more
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Jun 14, 2012 Ainy Rainwater rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More than just the Collected Stories, this volume has notes and material that have rarely seen print. Stories, scholarly pieces, letters, etc. If you like M.R. James you need to snag a copy of this from Ash Tree Press. I read the new epub ebook edition (it was previously a rare out of print volume) which I ordered directly from Ash Tree's website. (I think the Kindle edition is available from Amazon.) The volume is humonguous: over 900 pgs! Great reading for rainy afternoons!
Randolph Carter
Feb 06, 2013 Randolph Carter rated it it was amazing
Meticulously annotated (15% of the book is footnotes) COMPLETE collection of James' stories including fragments, unfinished stories, non-fiction writings about ghost stories, The Five Jars, and even a not very flattering letter about Lovecraft's Supernatural Horror in Literature (once referred to as "whatshisname"). Also includes a wealth of articles by James scholars.

James' stories are of course the archetype for the modern ghost story and although most are a century old are still excellent re
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I already own most of the works of M. R. James in multiple books, and in ebook form as well (they're all free on Gutenberg). Why did I buy this collection then? Because having already read most of the easily accessible stories, I wanted anything more I could get. The additional (and new to me) essays, prefaces, etc. in this book were just too tempting, especially since tracking them down individually would mean buying multiple books. Of course I'm the kind of person that, while reading an essay ...more
Aug 18, 2011 Marsten rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terror
No me ha gustado mucho...

Los primeros relatos los encontré geniales, muy originales y a veces hasta aterradores, pero conforme avanzaba en el libro los relatos siguientes se volvieron más insípidos, vulgares y menos o nada aterradores.

Conclusión final: una recopilación que empieza magistralmente y acaba mal. Lo dejamos en un aprobado justito porqué así sale la media.

Espero que estos no sean todos los mejores relatos del autor...
Los que más me han gustado son:
- El número trece
- El fresno
- ¡Silba,
D J Rout
Mar 02, 2016 D J Rout rated it it was amazing
This is the sort of book that sts the model for other cllections. It gathers together everything that you would want in an M R James collection, is annotated, includes additional material, has had typos corrected. It can be used by a serious scholar on the subject.

My hope is that we will see similar collections from the publisher in the future. Say, a Seabury Quinn one? Hmm? Prithee? Hmm?
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Montague Rhodes James, who used the publication name M.R. James, was a noted British mediaeval scholar & provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905–18) & of Eton College (1918–36). He's best remembered for his ghost stories which are widely regarded as among the finest in English literature. One of James' most important achievements was to redefine the ghost story for the new century by di ...more
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