Ghost Stories

Paperback | October 17, 2011

byMontague Rhodes JamesEditorRuth Rendell

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Malignant forces and supernatural visitors haunt this selection of superbly spooky tales.

M. R. James wrote his ghost stories to entertain friends on Christmas Eve, and they went on to both transform and modernise a genre. James harnesses the power of suggestion to move from a recognisable world to one that is indefinably strange, and then unforgettably terrifying. Sheets, pictures, carvings, a doll's house, a lonely beach, a branch tapping on a window -- ordinary things take on more than a tinge of dread in the hands of the original master of suspense.

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Malignant forces and supernatural visitors haunt this selection of superbly spooky tales.M. R. James wrote his ghost stories to entertain friends on Christmas Eve, and they went on to both transform and modernise a genre. James harnesses the power of suggestion to move from a recognisable world to one that is indefinably strange, and t...

MONTAGUE RHODES JAMES was born on August 1, 1862 near Bury St Edmunds, though he spent long periods of his later life in Suffolk, which provided the setting for many of his ghost stories. He studied at Eton and Kings College, Cambridge, where he was eventually elected Fellow, and then made Provost in 1905. In 1918 he became Provost of ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 7.75 × 5.05 × 0.65 inPublished:October 17, 2011Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0099560569

ISBN - 13:9780099560562

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"A gnawing sense of unease, a steady accumulation of sounds, shadows and images finally meet in a single moment of sensational physical horror." — Daily Telegraph "In M. R. James' stories, the ordinary tips over into an alternative existence that is just as believable." — Guardian "M. R. James is quite simply the finest writer of ghost stories ever. They're always set in an academic context, about university chaps who find out very nasty things while they're researching. They uncork the wrong bottle, unearth the wrong papers, dig up the wrong place... James was provost of Eton and a fellow of Kings College, and the stories have this wonderful candlelit, academic atmosphere, surrounded by incredible nastiness. Tweedy, but unpleasant." — Christopher Frayling