Collected Ghost Stories
M. R. James is widely regarded as the father of the modern ghost story, and his tales have influenced horror writers from H. P. Lovecraft to Stephen King. First published in the early 1900s, they have never been out of print, and are recognized as classics of the genre. This collection contains some of his most chilling tales, including A View from a Hill, Rats, A School...more
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With the majority of stories chosen to adapt were by M. R. James, I only felt it was right to finally tackle he’s creepy tales during the lead up to the festive season.
There’s so many great stories in this collection, my favourites being Lost Hearts, Number 13, ‘Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad’, Casting the Runes and A View from a Hill.
The stories that particularly stood for me were, "The Mezzotint", "Oh, Whistle, and I Will Come to You, My Lad", "The Haunted Dolls' House", "The Uncommon Prayer-Book", "A View From a Hill", Wailing Well", and "Casting The Runes".
So get ready to have your hair stand on end.
“Well, I felt ...more
Widely regarded as maybe the best ghost story ...more
These stories rely heavily on suspense and unanswered questions, and are more about subtle shivers than full-on nightmare creations. A fantastic collection and one I'll return to for sure.
My favourite has to be The Mezzotint, a story about a creepy painting that comes to life. Another one is The Diary of Mr. ...more
Canon Alberic's Scrap-Book: A scholar spends time with a skittish overseer in a dilapidated cathedral photographing the interior. He acts a bit too ...more
2. Lost Hearts - 4
3. The Mezzotint
4. The Ash-Tree - 4
5. Number 13 - 4.5
6. Count Magnus - 4.5
7. Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad - 3.5
8. The Treasure of Abbot Thomas - 4
9. A School Story
10. The Rose Garden
11. The Tractate Middoth
12. Casting the Runes - 4
13. The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral
14. Martin's Close
15. Mr. Humphreys and His Inheritance
16. The Residence at Whitminster - 3.25
17. The Diary of Mr. Poynter
18. An Episode of Cathedral History
19. The ...more
A childhood filled with the fairies and talking animals and tales of adventuring children garnered from the works of English authors who dominated our childish world view at that time.
These ghost stories of M R James are the stuff of children's ...more
Montague Rhodes James was the son of an English clergyman. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge. He then spent his working life directing the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and as the university's vice-chancellor. Later in life he gave that up to take the post of provost at Eton. He died in 1936.
M R James was a lifelong scholar ...more
But these are Victorian stories and I guess I've never really been scared by a story. They are written in a Victorian ...more
Often read at Christmas but great to read at anytime of the year, this collection of short often very unsettling ghost stories are easy to read and digest quickly but leave an indelible impression in your mind and imagination.
There are too many to mention here but my three personal favourites are The Ash Tree, The Tractate Middoth and one of MR James most famous ghost stories, Oh Whistle and I’ll come to you my Lad.
I say ghost stories but he really crosses boundaries, touching ...more
An eleven year old boy, recently orphaned, arrives at a country house in the year 1811. He is to live with his rich old cousin, who is a learned recluse, specialised in pagan religions from the first ...more
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