September 1, 1998
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1853260533
ISBN - 13: 9781853260537
From the Publisher
M.R.James is probably the finest ghost-story writer England has ever
produced. These tales are not only classics of their genre, but are also
superb examples of beautifully-paced understatement, convincing background
and chilling terror.As well as the preface, there is a fascinating
tail-piece by M.R.James, Stories I Have Tried to Write, which accompanies
these thirty tales. Among them are Casting the Runes, Oh, Whistle and I'll
come to you,My Lad, The Tractate Middoth, The Ash Tree and Canon Alberic's
About the Author
M. R. James is, along with J. Sheridan Le Fanu, the finest author of ghost stories in the English language. Although he is somewhat less prolific than Le Fanu, James's handful of elegantly crafted short fiction remains, since first being published, the standard by which all other contemporary ghost stories are judged. James was born in 1862 in Goodnestone, Kent. His early professional interests were in archaeology, later refined to antiquarianism. As a respected academic, he received a fellowship at King's College, Cambridge, in 1887, and later became its provost. James 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. 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 James's single greatest story is the profoundly disturbing "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad" (1904). James was a great admirer of the work of Le Fanu and was primarily responsible for resurrecting Le Fanu's work from undeserved obscurity. Like Le Fanu's short stories, James's supernatural fiction is generally understated and powerfully atmospheric.
From Our Editors
A spectre hovers over contemporary British mystery novelists...a spectre by the name of M.R. James. Long loved by readers and revered by writers, James’ work has finally been collected in this Wordsworth Classics publication. Collected Ghost Stories contains such classic tales of terror as "Oh, Whistle and I’ll Come to You, My Lad" as well as a marvellous preface answering questions about locations and inspirations.