Complete Ghost Stories

Macmillan Collector's Library

Book 97
Pan Macmillan
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The art of telling a ghost story is a refined one, and Montague Rhodes James was a master of the genre. He draws the reader into a narrative that at first seems innocuous, but which becomes darker and darker by gentle turns until he transfixes you with his prose, creating the most unforgettable, alarming and frightening images. Complete Ghost Stories by M. R. James contains all his timeless masterpieces from the four collections of his eerie tales: Ghost Stories of an Antiquary (1904), More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary (1911), A Thin Ghost and Others (1919), and A Warning to the Curious and Other Ghost Stories (1925).

This beautiful Macmillan Collector's Library edition features an afterword by author and playwright David Stuart Davies.

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About the author

Montague Rhodes James was born in 1862 at Goodnestone Parsonage, Kent, where his father was a curate. He was educated at Eton College and then King's College, Cambridge where he won many awards and scholarships. He enjoyed a distinguished career, rising to the position of Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University in 1913. An eminent medievalist and scholar of international status, James published many works on biblical and historical antiquarian subjects. He began writing ghost stories almost as a diversion from his academic work and as a form of entertainment for his colleagues. His first collection, Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, was published in 1904. He never married, and died in 1936.
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Publisher
Pan Macmillan
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Published on
Jan 26, 2017
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Pages
341
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ISBN
9781509845637
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Features
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Classics
Fiction / Ghost
Fiction / Horror
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
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'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.
This carefully edited collection has been designed and formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-1873) was an Irish writer of Gothic tales and mystery novels. He was a leading ghost-story writer of the nineteenth century and was central to the development of the genre in the Victorian era. M. R. James (1862-1936) was an English author and medievalist scholar, best remembered for his ghost stories, which are regarded as among the best in the genre. He is known as the originator of the "antiquarian ghost story". Table of Contents: Sheridan Le Fanu: Novels & Novellas: Uncle Silas The Cock and Anchor The House by the Church-Yard Wylder's Hand Guy Deverell The Tenants of Malory Haunted Lives The Wyvern Mystery Checkmate Willing to Die The Haunted Baronet Spalatro Short Story Collections: In a Glass Darkly The Purcell Papers Other Tales: Madam Crowl's Ghost Squire Toby's Will Dickon the Devil The Child That Went with the Fairies The White Cat of Drumgunniol An Account of Some Strange Distrubances in Aungier Street Ghost Stories of Chapelizod Wicked Captain Walshawe, of Wauling Sir Dominick's Bargain Ultor de Lacy The Vision of Tom Chuff Stories of Lough Guir The Evil Guest The Watcher Laura Silver Bell The Murdered Cousin The Mysterious Lodger An Authentic Narrative of a Haunted House The Dead Sexton A Debt of Honor Devereux's Dream Catherine's Quest Haunted Pichon and Sons The Phantom Fourth The Spirit's Whisper Dr. Feversham's Story The Secret of the Two Plaster Casts What Was It? M. R. James: Ghost Stories Collections: Ghost Stories of an Antiquary Ghost Stories of an Antiquary Part 2: More Ghost Stories...
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