Collected Ghost Stories Paperback
by M. R. James
Edited by Darryl Jones
Part of the Oxford World's Classics series
'I was conscious of a most horrible smell of mould, 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 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.
These stories have lost none of their power to unsettle and disturb.
This edition 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. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe.
Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 512 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Publication Date: 12/09/2013
- Category: Anthologies (non-poetry)
- ISBN: 9780199674893
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Review by JudyCroome
Written in a more innocent and graceful era, MR James's ghost stories are subtle, with very polite and, at times, utterly chilling ghosts. I enjoyed most of them, with some of the stories giving me delicious goosebumps (The Ash Tree, Number 13, Oh Whistle & I'll come to thee, my Lad, The Uncommon Prayer Book, Wailing Well and others).One issue I had with this particular text, was that the explanatory notes were by means of an * (no differentiaton within each story) and the note itself was at the back of the book, rather than at the foot of the relevant page, which would have made reading the explanations without interrupting the pace and tension of the story a lot easier. In the end, I stopped looking at the notes and just enjoyed the stories, although I would have liked to know what some references meant.Quaint and appealing, these ghost stories are a great in bed late at night ...!
Review by AmiloFinn
MR James was an extremely learned man who must have encountered many musty tomes in his everyday work. I love all the dusty detail of intellectual research which is set out and dissected before James unleashes one of his hideous ghoulish creations on us. I find the ghost stories of MR James great morbid fun. It has taken me a while to get round to reading all of James' work, as I find the stories a bit too scary to be read in bed at night.