Collected Ghost Stories

Author: M. R. James

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191620447

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

View: 3607

'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.

Meddling with ghosts

stories in the tradition of M.R. James

Author: Ramsey Campbell

Publisher: British Library Board

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 287

View: 314

This is a collection of ghost stories in the 'antiquarian' tradition established by M. R. James, who excelled at the atmospheric portrayal of legitimate scholarly interest descending into unwise curiosity, with almost invariably tragic results. James' influence on the genre has been immense, both on the popular perception of what makes a successful ghost story work, and on other authors in the genre. This collection offers some of the best stories from authors who influenced James, such as Sheridan Le Fanu and Augustus Jessopp, stories from his contemporaries, such as T. G. Jackson and 'D. N. J.', and tales from more recent practitioners, including Fritz Leiber and Terry Lamsley. Selected and introduced by an acknowledged master of the art, the collection also includes a checklist of writers in the Jamesian tradition.

The Haunted Library

Classic Ghost Stories

Author: Tanya Kirk

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780712356046

Category:

Page: 224

View: 9485

The Haunted Library is a new collection of classic ghost stories--many of which have never before been anthologized--from the golden age of the genre in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Each of these stories revolves around the arcane secrets and dark psychic traces to be found in libraries, museums and other treasure troves of hidden knowledge. The 12 stories included are "The Nature of the Evidence" by May Sinclair, "Mr Tallent's Ghost" by Mary Webb, "The Lost Tragedy" by Denis Mackaill, "Bone to His Bone" by Edmund Gill Swain, "Herodes Redivivus" by A. N. L. Munby, "The Book" by Margaret Irwin, "The Whisperers" by Algernon Blackwood, "The Tractate Middoth" by M. R. James, "Afterward" by Edith Wharton, "Fingers of a Hand" by Theo Douglas, "The Apple Tree" by Elizabeth Bowen, and "The Work of Evil" by William Croft Dickinson.

Curious Warnings

The Great Ghost Stories of M.R. James

Author: M.R. James

Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books

ISBN: 1623650259

Category: Fiction

Page: 673

View: 355

Montague Rhodes James--M. R. James--was an English academic and provost of King's College and Eton. He started writing ghost stories to entertain his friends. . . one hundred and fifty years after his birth he is now revered as the father of the modern English ghost story. This gorgeous hardback collection contains all thirty-five of M.R. James's highly acclaimed ghost stories, including the classics: "Oh Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad" and "Canon Alberic's Scrapbook."

The Ghost Stories of M.R. James

Author: M. R. James

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780712352505

Category: Ghost stories, English

Page: 208

View: 9434

The Ghost Stories of M.R. James collects the tales that best illustrate the author's quiet mastery of the ghost story form. Running through each of these stories is a slowly escalating sense of unease and dread, which ultimately shifts into the wildly uncanny. James' characters exist in a world of ancient objects whose atrocious histories begin to repeat when they are disturbed, and the blinkered repression common to James' narratives only amplifies the shock of the spectral appearance.

Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories

The Complete Ghost Stories of M.R. James

Author: Montague Rhodes James

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780143039396

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 9053

Collects ghost stories and tales of the supernatural, featuring such works as "Count Magnus," "Number 13," and "Casting the Runes."

Ghost Writings

A Ghost Story Guide

Author: Deborah Bennison

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781499294880

Category:

Page: 254

View: 1863

Who were the great ghost story writers? Why did so many leading literary figures attempt the genre with varying degrees of success? Who were the female ghost story writers, many now unjustly neglected, who made such a huge contribution to the genre? Between 1820 and 1950, a period known today as the golden age of British ghost fiction, the traditional ghostly tale was adopted as a mainstream literary form by many of the foremost writers of the era, reaching a level of mastery that many believe remains unmatched to this day. That a number of leading literary figures took the genre seriously and were keen to grapple with and master the form is testament to the challenges it posed and how fiendishly difficult it is to write successful ghost fiction. Newcomers to the genre may be pleasantly surprised by the skill, subtlety and psychological insight displayed by the master ghost story writers. The finest examples transcend the genre and take their place among the best of our classic literature. Female authors made a vital contribution to the genre and many are included in this volume. Here, for example, you will find E. Nesbit, famous today as the author of the perennially popular novel, The Railway Children; the mysterious Lettice Galbraith about whom little is known, but whose ghost story fiction is regarded by some as among the best ever written; Dorothy Macardle, a prominent figure in Irish literary society who wrote her first ghost stories while in prison in 1922 for nationalist activities; and the wonderfully named Wilhelmina Fitzclarence, Countess of Munster, who published her first book when she was nearly sixty. This volume explores the contribution made by leading and lesser-known authors to the ghost story genre. It features biographical information about all the authors covered as well as additional fascinating material including the ghost story master M. R. James' essay about ghost story fiction; an entry on the mysterious 'B'; a list of recommended short stories; and a brief overview of research into supernatural phenomena and some of the more famous first-hand accounts of ghostly encounters. Neil Wilson, author of the definitive British ghost story bibliography, Shadows in the Attic (British Library, 2000) provides authoritative and extensive introductory notes, including a history of the supernatural from ancient to modern times; an analysis of the evolution of the ghost story; and an exploration of common themes and topics in supernatural fiction. Note: Ghost Writings offers an invaluable introduction to the genre compiled with the aim of inspiring the reader to explore further. It concentrates particularly on the rich heritage of British ghost fiction, and for this reason American authors in the genre are not included. It should also be noted that the selected bibliographies included with author details are not comprehensive and often include publications that are now out of print; they are mentioned solely for historical interest. However, many of these works are now widely available in new print and electronic editions and can be readily found on Amazon.

The Haunted Dolls' House (Fantasy and Horror Classics)

Author: M. R. James

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 1473379172

Category: Fiction

Page: 24

View: 341

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.

Medieval Studies and the Ghost Stories of M. R. James

Author: Patrick J. Murphy

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 0271079576

Category: Religion

Page: 264

View: 9288

Montague Rhodes James authored some of the most highly regarded ghost stories of all time—classics such as “Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad” that have been adapted many times over for radio and television and have never gone out of print. But while James is best known as a fiction writer and storyteller, he was also a provost of King’s College, Cambridge, and Eton College, and a legendary and influential scholar whose pioneering work in the study of biblical texts and medieval manuscripts, art, and architecture is still relevant today. In Medieval Studies and the Ghost Stories of M. R. James, Patrick J. Murphy argues that these twin careers are inextricably linked. James’s research not only informed his fiction but also reflected his anxieties about the nature of academic life and explored the delicate divide between professional, university men and erratic hobbyists or antiquaries. Murphy shows how detailed attention to the scholarly inspirations behind James’s fiction provides considerable insight into a formative moment in medieval studies, as well as into James’s methods as a master stylist of understated horror. During his life, James often claimed that his stories were mere entertainments—pleasing distractions from a life largely defined by academic discipline and restraint—and readers over the years have been content to take him at his word. This intriguing volume, however, convincingly proves otherwise.

A Warning to the Curious (Fantasy and Horror Classics)

Author: M. R. James

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 147337927X

Category: Fiction

Page: 32

View: 488

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.

Classic Ghost Stories

Spooky Tales to Read at Christmas

Author: Various

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 147354887X

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

View: 4168

Do you believe in ghosts? Not monsters, not floating objects or unexplained coincidences, but an actual presence – a flicker in the corner of the eye, a shadow in a darkened hallway, a hand pressed against the window, or a figure at the end of the bed. Sometimes they are a malevolent warning, or they come seeking revenge, or as a horrible reminder of past misdeeds. But ghosts can visit on the brightest summer's day, or on a lonely stretch of beach, making themselves felt just when you least expect it. The great writers of the nineteenth and early twentieth century, from Elizabeth Gaskell to Rudyard Kipling, also produced some of the most influential ghost stories ever written, shaping the conventions of the genre for generations of writers to follow. Collected here are some of the most iconic of these Victorian ghost stories, from Charles Dickens's 'The Signalman' to M.R. James's 'A Warning to the Curious', alongside more unexpected contributions from masters of the form such as J.S. Le Fanu and H.G. Wells. You may think you don't believe in ghosts, but these stories will haunt you nonetheless.

The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories

Author: Michael Cox,R. A. Gilbert

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 019955630X

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 504

View: 7509

The thrill and chill of the ghost story is displayed in all its variety and vitality through this marvellous anthology. Ranging from the early 19th century to the 1960s, the collection reveals the development of the genre, and showcases many of its greatest expositors - from Sir Walter Scott, H. G. Wells, M. R. James, T. H. White, Walter de la Mare, and Elizabeth Bowen in the UK to Edith Wharton in America. Though its heyday coincided with the golden age of Empire in the nineteenth century, the ghost story enjoyed a second flowering between the two World Wars and its popularity is as great as ever.

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary

Author: M. R. James

Publisher: SelfMadeHero

ISBN: 9781910593394

Category: Fiction

Page: 80

View: 6743

Curl up by the fire and enter the sinister, supernatural world of Montague Rhodes James, the master of the English ghost story. An influence on writers from H. P. Lovecraft to Stephen King, James created tales of understated horror that continue to transfix readers 80 years after his death. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, Vol. 2 comprises graphic adaptations of four spine-chilling stories by M. R. James: "Number 13," "Count Magnus," "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad," and "The Treasure of Abbot Thomas." Filled with intrigue, suspense, and intellectual adventure, these enthralling tales of terror plunge readers into a world of creeping dread, where rationality is challenged and the mundane collides with the supernatural. Capturing James's trademark atmosphere of pervasive disquiet, Leah Moore and John Reppion's subtly crafted adaptations breathe fresh life into these classic stories about restless phantoms and ill-advised academic exploration.

Ghost Stories

Author: M. R. James

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241341639

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 2522

In these stories James continues his transformation of the ghost story from its nineteenth century heritage. Drawing upon his deep knowledge of medieval history, biblical curiosa, and the hidden and mysterious corners of the English countryside, James fashioned stories that, while drawing upon the ancient past, exhibit horrors that are all too balefully active in the present. The Penguin English Library - collectable general readers' editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century to the end of the Second World War.

The Last Best Friend

Author: George Sims

Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press Inc

ISBN: 1464209014

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

View: 5417

"The small man standing on the narrow ledge stared fixedly forward with eyes made wide and blank by terror." At 2pm on a Monday in 1966, Ned Balfour wakes in Corsica beside a beautiful woman. In the same instant, back in London, fellow art dealer and Dachau survivor Sam Weiss falls ten stories to his death. Ned refuses to believe that Sam's death was intentional, and his investigation thrusts him into the deceit and fraudulence of the art world, where he unmasks more than one respectable face. First published in 1967, this thrilling tale of vertigo, suspicion and infidelity is a long-forgotten classic with an intriguing plot twist.

The complete ghost stories of M.R. James

The haunted doll's house and other ghost stories

Author: Montague Rhodes James,S. T. Joshi

Publisher: Penguin Classics

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 308

View: 402

A second chilling collection of landmark ghost stories and tales of the supernatural includes all the works from the author's final two volumes of fiction, A Thin Ghost and Others and A Warning to the Curious. Original. 10,000 first printing.

Medieval Studies and the Ghost Stories of M. R. James

Author: Patrick J. Murphy

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 0271079576

Category: Religion

Page: 264

View: 7103

Montague Rhodes James authored some of the most highly regarded ghost stories of all time—classics such as “Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad” that have been adapted many times over for radio and television and have never gone out of print. But while James is best known as a fiction writer and storyteller, he was also a provost of King’s College, Cambridge, and Eton College, and a legendary and influential scholar whose pioneering work in the study of biblical texts and medieval manuscripts, art, and architecture is still relevant today. In Medieval Studies and the Ghost Stories of M. R. James, Patrick J. Murphy argues that these twin careers are inextricably linked. James’s research not only informed his fiction but also reflected his anxieties about the nature of academic life and explored the delicate divide between professional, university men and erratic hobbyists or antiquaries. Murphy shows how detailed attention to the scholarly inspirations behind James’s fiction provides considerable insight into a formative moment in medieval studies, as well as into James’s methods as a master stylist of understated horror. During his life, James often claimed that his stories were mere entertainments—pleasing distractions from a life largely defined by academic discipline and restraint—and readers over the years have been content to take him at his word. This intriguing volume, however, convincingly proves otherwise.