M. R. James wrote his ghost stories to entertain friends on Christmas Eve, and they went on to both transform and modernise a genre. James harnesses the power of suggestion to move from a recognisable world to one that is indefinably strange, and then unforgettably terrifying. Sheets, pictures, carvings, a dolls house, a lonely beach, a branch tapping on a window - ordinary things take on more than a tinge of dread in the hands of the original master of suspense.
This collection features some of M. R. James’s greatest tales of the supernatural world crossing over into our own. In “Number 13,” an inn that previously belonged to an alchemist changes dimensions in the night. “The Mezzotint” features a painting of a house reenacting a gruesome scene from the house’s history. In “The Treasure of Abbot Thomas,” an antiquary who has discovered the location of a treasure gets far more than he bargained for.
James’s tales of the terror that hides beneath the prosaic continue to stun more than a century after they were written.
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Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories contains the entire first two volumes of James’s ghost stories, Ghost Stories of an Antiquary and More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary. These volumes are both the culmination of the nineteenth-century ghost story tradition and the inspiration for much of the best twentieth-century work in this genre. Included in this collection are such landmark tales as “Count Magnus,” set in the wilds of Sweden; “Number 13,” a distinctive tale about a haunted hotel room; “Casting the Runes,” a richly complex tale of sorcery that served as the basis for the classic horror film Curse of the Demon; and “Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad,” one of the most frightening tales in literature. The appendix includes several rare texts, including “A Night in King’s College Chapel,” James’s first known ghost story.
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* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to James’ life and works
* Concise introductions to the short story collections and other texts
* Four story collections, with individual contents tables
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* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Famous works such as GHOST STORIES OF AN ANTIQUARY are fully illustrated with their original artwork
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the ghost stories
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* James’ novella written for children
* Rare non-fiction works appear here for the first time in digital publishing history
* Even includes the two rare guide books written by James – first time in digital print
* Includes James’ rare memoir - explore the author’s personal experiences
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
Please note - these eight stories cannot appear due to copyright restrictions: WAILING WELL, THERE WAS A MAN DWELT BY A CHURCHYARD, RATS, AFTER DARK IN THE PLAYING FIELDS, THE EXPERIMENT, THE MALICE OF INANIMATE OBJECTS, A VIGNETTE and THE FENSTANTON WITCH. Once new texts enter the public domain, they will be added to the eBook as a free update.
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The Short Story Collections
GHOST STORIES OF AN ANTIQUARY
MORE GHOST STORIES
A THIN GHOST AND OTHERS
A WARNING TO THE CURIOUS AND OTHER GHOST STORIES
The Short Stories
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
The Children’s Novella
THE FIVE JARS
HENRY THE SIXTH: A REPRINT OF JOHN BLACMAN’S MEMOIR
THE WANDERINGS AND HOMES OF MANUSCRIPTS HELPS FOR STUDENTS OF HISTORY
OLD TESTAMENT LEGENDS
PROLOGUE TO LE FANU’S MADAM CROWL’S GHOST AND OTHER TALES OF MYSTERY
SUFFOLK AND NORFOLK
ETON AND KING’S: RECOLLECTIONS, MOSTLY TRIVIAL, 1875-1925
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M.R. James' classic Number 13 starts off this volume with a mystery about a disappearing and reappearing hotel room, can you guess the room number?
Story two is the tale of a cat that can not only talk, but spills secrets that should have been truly left behind.
Next, we present one of the most famous stories by H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu. Doug transports you into Lovecraft's world of indescribable horror, accompanied by Alistair Lock's outstanding orchestral score.
Edgar Allan Poe's well-known allegory on our mortality, The Masque of the Red Death, follows.
Then Jeffrey Combs reads the concluding part of Lovecraft's Herbert West: Reanimator series, The Tomb Legions.
Finishing up Volume 13 is Poe's 1843-penned poem, The Conqueror Worm.
* "The Five Senses" - Edith Nesbit
* "The Yellow Wallpaper" - Charlotte Perkins Gilman
* "The Voice Of Death" - Traditional
* "The Body Snatcher" - Robert Louis Stevenson
* "The Judge's House" - Bram Stoker
* "The Old Nurse's Story" - Elizabeth Gaskell
A collection of classic ghost stories to scare all the family!"Lost Hearts" by M R James, Narrated by Gregg Rizzo"O Whistle and I’ll Come to you My Lad" by M R James, Narrated by Philip Mather"The Monkey’s Paw" by W W Jacobs, Narrated by Catherine O’Brien"The Ash Tree" by M R James, Narrated by Gregg Rizzo
"O Whistle and I’ll Come to You My Lad" tells the tale of an introverted academic who happens upon a strange whistle while exploring a Knights Templar cemetery on the East Anglian coast. When blown, the whistle unleashes a supernatural force that terrorises its discoverer.
"Lost Hearts" tells the story of Stephen Elliott, a young orphan boy, who is sent to stay with his much older cousin, Mr Abney, at a remote country mansion. His cousin is a reclusive alchemist obsessed obsessed with making himself immortal. Stephen is repeatedly troubled by visions of a young gypsy girl and a traveling Italian boy with their hearts missing.
"The Monkey’s Paw" is a haunting tale of how a man's cavalier wishes are tragically granted by an exotic but cursed talisman, wreaking havoc on what was previously a content family.
"The Ash Tree" documents the tale of Sir Richard Castringham, who has just inherited a country seat with an unfortunate history. The house has been cursed since the day his ancestor, Sir Matthew, condemned a woman to death for witchcraft. It is soon discovered that the ancient ash tree outside his bedroom window is the root of the problem.
Volume 9 launches with "The Ash Tree", M.R. James' insight into an enigmatic woman and her rituals around this mysterious tree.
A condemned man and over zealous executioners generate shocking results, in Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Los Amigos Fiasco".
An immoral wager leads to terror when the dead rise in Ambrose Bierce's "A Watcher by the Dead".
Lovecraft takes us exploring through a lost world of ancient evil in "The Nameless City".
M. Valdemar may be living longer than he bargained for in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar".
HP Lovecraft returns with Jeff Combs at the reading helm in "Herbert West: Reanimator Part 2 - The Plague Daemon".
Edgar Allan Poe concludes Volume Nine with the classic poem "Alone".
M.R. James (1862-1936) was provost of King's College, Cambridge and Eton College. He was a highly regarded scholar and academic in his time but today is remembered for his ghost stories which are considered among the finest in the genre.
The six stories in this second volume are:“The Ash Tree”“Martin's Close”“Lost Hearts”“The Tractate Middoth”“After Dark in the Playing Fields”“Wailing Well”
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Volume 2 of Tales of the Supernatural features the stories "The Ash Tree", "A View from a Hill", "The Tractate Middoth", and "Canon Alberic's Scrapbook".
Volume 7 starts off with Edgar Allan Poe's story of a gifted boy hounded by his shadow, "William Wilson".
We take to the sky's with a pilots investigation into unexplainable events thousands of feet above ground in Athur Conan Doyle's "A Horror of the Heights".
Next up, Ambrose Bierce plays with time in "The Suitable Surroundings".
A beleagured British army waiting upon the German forces march of doom in the "The Bowmen", marks Arthur Machen's first appearance in Spinechillers.
An ancient evil is called in M.R. James' "Oh Whistle and i'll come to you my Lad".
We finish with Edgar Allan Poe's compelling poem, "The Haunted Palace".