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Collected Ghost Stories : (OWC Hardback) - M. R. James

Collected Ghost Stories

(OWC Hardback)

Hardcover Published: 1st June 2017
ISBN: 9780198797364
Number Of Pages: 512

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"I was conscious of a most horrible smell of mold, and of a cold kind of face pressed against my own..."

Considered by many to be the most terrifying writer in English, M. R. James was an eminent scholar who spent his entire adult life in the academic surroundings of Eton and Cambridge. His classic supernatural tales draw on the terrors of the everyday, in which documents and objects unleash terrible forces, often in closed rooms and nighttime 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. These stories have lost none of their power to unsettle and disturb.

This edition presents all of James' 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' writings on the ghost story. Darryl Jones' introduction and notes provide a fascinating insight into James's background and his mastery of the genre he made his own.

Industry Reviews

`Review from previous edition an outstanding new edition' Boyd Tonkin, The Independent `the definitive edition of James's stories...a treasure trove for every horror lover' Politico `perfect both for longstanding M. R. James fans or those new to his chilling tales' The Oldie `excellently introduced and annotated' Peter Kemp, Sunday Times `Wonderfully spooky classic stories released just in time for the drawing in of the evenings.' The Observer `In his introduction to the 2013 Oxford World Classics edition of MR James's Collected Ghost Stories, Darryl Jones cites the story Casting The Runes, in which a Mr Dunning, lying in bed in the dark, gropes for matches under his pillow.' Teddy Jamieson, Sunday Herald (Glasgow)

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

ISBN: 9780198797364
ISBN-10: 0198797362
Series: World's Classics
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 1st June 2017
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 13.97  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.64

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