Collected Ghost Stories, Paperback Book
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M.R. James is probably the finest ghost-story writer England has ever produced.

These tales are not only classics of their genre, but are also superb examples of beautifully-paced understatement, convincing background and chilling terror. As well as the preface, there is a fascinating tail-piece by M.R.

James, `Stories I Have Tried To Write', which accompanies these thirty tales.

Among them are `Casting the Runes', `Oh, Whistle and I'll come to you, My Lad', `The Tractate Middoth', `The Ash Tree' and `Canon Alberic's Scrapbook'. `There are some authors one wishes one had never read in order to have the joy of reading them for the first time.

For me, M.R. James is one of these'. Ruth Rendell


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
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  • Category: Horror & ghost stories
  • ISBN: 9781840225518

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I will doubtless court the wrath of James devotees by saying I was somewhat disappointed by this book.Not that it was bad. Some of the stories (notably "'Oh Whistle and I'll come to you my lad'" and "Casting the Runes" are well known and justly so. I also find "The Mezzotint" agreeably creepy.But tastes have changed and many of the stories, despite their excellent writing, have dated badly, seeming tame in comparison with today's more bloodthirsty writers. Almost nothing happens in many of them and in others I was left thinking "Huh?".Maybe a reread in a few months time will yield more. We shall see

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I read most of these as a child in another edition; they were terrifying, particularly "The Haunted Doll's House," "The Mezzotint," and "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad."