Count Magnus (Fantasy and Horror Classics)

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M. R. James was born in Kent, England in 1862. James came to writing fiction relatively late, not publishing his first collection of short stories – Ghost Stories of an Antiquary (1904) – until the age of 42. Modern scholars now see James as having redefined the ghost story for the 20th century and he is seen as the founder of the 'antiquarian ghost story'. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions with a brand new introductory biography of the author.
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About the author

M. R. James was born in Goodnestone, Kent, England on August 1, 1862. He was an English mediaeval scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905-1918) and of Eton College (1918-1936). He is best remembered for his ghost stories which are widely regarded as among the finest in English literature. He began writing his ghost stories as an entertainment for his friends; he would read these stories each year at Christmas to his colleagues at King's College. The earliest of these tales include Canon Alberic's Scrap-book and Lost Hearts, both of which were later collected in his first anthology of supernatural fiction, Ghost Stories of an Antiquary (1904). Perhaps his single greatest story is the profoundly disturbing Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad (1904). He died on June 12, 1936.

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Publisher
Read Books Ltd
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Published on
Jan 15, 2016
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Pages
28
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ISBN
9781473379213
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Fantasy / General
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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.
M. R. James entirely redefined the ghost story for the modern reader. Abandoning many of the formal Gothic clichés of his predecessors, he chose instead realistic contemporary settings, whilst blending his esoteric interest in antiquarian subjects to fashion his own inimitable tales of horror. This is the most complete collection possible of the works of M. R. James in the US, offering almost all of the ghost stories and many rare texts appearing here for the first time in digital format. This comprehensive eBook provides numerous illustrations, informative introductions, rare texts and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)

* 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
* Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* 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
* Easily locate the short stories you want to read
* 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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CONTENTS:

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

The Non-Fiction
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

The Guidebooks
ABBEYS
SUFFOLK AND NORFOLK

The Memoir
ETON AND KING’S: RECOLLECTIONS, MOSTLY TRIVIAL, 1875-1925

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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.
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