Complete Ghost StoriesMacmillan Collector's Library Series
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What is there to say about M.R. James, the effective father of the modern ghost story , that hasn’t been said already? What might entice the curious? Well, first it should be admitted that some of the dustier clichés about his stories are there for a reason. Many of his heroes are dry and staid academics. Many of the stories have a strong ecclesiastical background. These are, in many ways, stories of their time. But. James’ subtle and stealthy ability to lift a chill off the page and slide it down your back without ever fully revealing the full supernatural hand that put it there is positively modern.
These stories are perennial favourites and continuing sources for full adaptation and sly liftings in film and TV for a reason (if the demon crawling from the TV in The Ring isn’t a straight homage to The Mezzotint I’m the proverbial Dutchman). James knows that scares that work slowly are more profound than quick shocks. He knows that true horror is best left hinted at. And he knows how to set a scene. There is a strand of landscape writing here that makes these stories part of how we think of England (and the Suffolk and Norfolk coastal regions in particular). Fans of Sarah Perry’s The Essex Serpent as well as fans of the ghost story genre will be scared by these stories for a long, long time. ~ Simon Spanton
Complete Ghost Stories by M. R. James
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. Designed to appeal to the booklover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.
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Publication date26th January 2017
AuthorM. R. James
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PublisherMacmillan Collector's Library an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Interest Age: From 18
CategoriesHorror & ghost stories
Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
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