Collected Ghost Stories: Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural

Autor M R James David Stuart Davies
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en Limba Engleză Paperback – iul 2007
'I was conscious of a most horrible smell of mould, and of a cold kind of face pressed against my own, and moving slowly over it, and of several - I don't know how many - legs and arms or tentacles or something clinging to my body.'M.R. James is probably the finest ghost-story writer England has ever produced. The stories are classics of their genre. 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 Scrapbook'. They are all designed to instil that satisfying sensse of unease in the heart of the reader.'There are some authors one wishes one had never read in order to have the joy of reading them for the first time. For me, M.R. James is one of these'.Ruth Rendell
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ISBN-13: 9781840225518
ISBN-10: 1840225513
Pagini: 352
Dimensiuni: 124 x 196 x 23 mm
Greutate: 0.25 kg
Editura: Wordsworth Editions
Seria Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural

Locul publicării:United Kingdom


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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 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.


Arguably the definitive collection by a single writer, this edition collects together all of James' spine-tingling tales in a single volume. From Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad to The Mezzotint, these stories guarantee unbearable horrified suspense.
In his introduction to the 2013 Oxford World Classics edition of MR James's Collected Ghost Stories, Darryl Jones cites the story Casting The Runes, in which a Mr Dunning, lying in bed in the dark, gropes for matches under his pillow.
They are classics of the genre. He had a brilliant skill for unsettling you and you wake up panting in the night

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Darryl Jones's other publications include Horror: A Thematic History in Fiction and Film (London: Arnold; New York: OUP, 2002), Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson (OUP, 2014) and, forthcoming for OUP, Arthur Conan Doyle's Gothic Tales.