Collected Ghost Stories

Paperback | September 6, 2013

byM. R. James

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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 terribleforces, 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 noneof 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'sbackground 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 expertintroductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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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 terro...

Darryl Jones's other publications include Horror: A Thematic History in Fiction and Film (London: Arnold; New York: OUP, 2002).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pagesPublished:September 6, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199674892

ISBN - 13:9780199674893

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IntroductionSelect BibliographyChronology of M. R. JamesCanon Alberic's Scrap-bookLost HeartsThe MezzotintThe Ash-TreeNumber 13Count Magnus'Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad'The Treasure of Abbot ThomasA School StoryThe Rose GardenThe Tractate MiddothCasting the RunesThe Stalls of Barchester CathedralMartin's CloseMr Humphreys and His InheritanceThe Residence at WhitminsterThe Diary of Mr PoynterAn Episode of Cathedral HistoryThe Story of a Disappearance and an AppearanceTwo DoctorsThe Haunted Dolls' HouseThe Uncommon Prayer-BookA Neighbour's LandmarkA View from a HillA Warning to the CuriousAn Evening's EntertainmentThere was a Man Dwelt by a ChurchyardRatsAfter Dark in the Playing FieldsWailing WellThe ExperimentThe Malice of Inanimate ObjectsA VignetteAppendix: M. R. James on Ghost StoriesExplanatory Notes

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"excellently introduced and annotated" --Peter Kemp, Sunday Times