Madam Crowl's Ghost & Other Stories Paperback
Edited by M. R. James
Part of the Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural series
In 1888 Henry James wrote 'There was the customary novel by Mr Le Fanu for the bedside; the ideal reading in a country house for the hours after midnight'. Madam Crowl's Ghost & Other Stories are tales selected from Le Fanu's stories which mostly appeared in The Dublin University Magazine and other periodicals, and their haunting, sinister qualities still have an enormous appeal for the modern reader.
The great M.R. James, who collected and introduces the stories in this book, considered that Le Fanu 'stands absolutely in the first rank as a writer of ghost stories.'
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 192 pages
- Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
- Publication Date: 05/01/2008
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781840220674
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Review by JBD1
A collection (made by M.R. James) of a few J. Sheridan Le Fanu ghost stories, most of these originally published anonymously in the <i>Dublin University Magazine</i>. I liked these, but not as much as I liked Le Fanu's <i>Uncle Silas</i> or James' own ghost stories (in part probably because James' stories so often are of an antiquarian or bibliophilic bent). Still, these make for very enjoyable reading, and some of them are deliciously disturbing. Le Fanu's stories take as their subject some of what have come to be seen as "traditional" elements of ghost stories: apparitions of long-dead murder victims, mysterious supernatural happenings (often as portents of death), and the actions of fairy people. The author certainly deserves his place, as James puts it in his introduction "absolutely in the first rank as a writer of ghost stories."