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M. R. James: The Complete Supernatural Stories (30+ tales of horror and mystery: Count Magnus, Casting the Runes, Oh Whistle and I’ll Come to You My Lad, Lost Hearts...)

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Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936) was an English author, medievalist scholar and provost of King’s College, Cambridge, and of Eton College. Though James’s work as a medievalist is still highly regarded, he is best remembered for his ghost stories, which are regarded as among the best in the genre. He redefined the ghost story for the new century by abandoning many of the f Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936) was an English author, medievalist scholar and provost of King’s College, Cambridge, and of Eton College. Though James’s work as a medievalist is still highly regarded, he is best remembered for his ghost stories, which are regarded as among the best in the genre. He redefined the ghost story for the new century by abandoning many of the formal Gothic clichés of his predecessors and using more realistic contemporary settings. H. P. Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith were admirers of James’s work. Michael Sadleir described him as “the best ghost-story writer England has ever produced”. Paul Theroux refers to “The Mezzotint” as “the most frightening story I know”. In his list “The 13 Most Terrifying Horror Stories”, T. E. D. Klein placed James’s “Casting the Runes” at number one.


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Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936) was an English author, medievalist scholar and provost of King’s College, Cambridge, and of Eton College. Though James’s work as a medievalist is still highly regarded, he is best remembered for his ghost stories, which are regarded as among the best in the genre. He redefined the ghost story for the new century by abandoning many of the f Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936) was an English author, medievalist scholar and provost of King’s College, Cambridge, and of Eton College. Though James’s work as a medievalist is still highly regarded, he is best remembered for his ghost stories, which are regarded as among the best in the genre. He redefined the ghost story for the new century by abandoning many of the formal Gothic clichés of his predecessors and using more realistic contemporary settings. H. P. Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith were admirers of James’s work. Michael Sadleir described him as “the best ghost-story writer England has ever produced”. Paul Theroux refers to “The Mezzotint” as “the most frightening story I know”. In his list “The 13 Most Terrifying Horror Stories”, T. E. D. Klein placed James’s “Casting the Runes” at number one.

30 review for M. R. James: The Complete Supernatural Stories (30+ tales of horror and mystery: Count Magnus, Casting the Runes, Oh Whistle and I’ll Come to You My Lad, Lost Hearts...)

  1. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    This is a collection of ghost stories and their ilk which range from really good to really gauche so that the completely collection is just okay.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dan Seitz

    If you like stories about academics finding haunted objects, this is a treasure trove. Beyond that, more interesting for horror nerds than scary.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Okay, yes, it did take me a long time to read this. It's huge, with about six million short stories. Short stories, you just pick up and read when you have time. So, the good news and bad news. To me, the stories weren't frightening. It seems like ghost stories should be scary. Even the most famous, Whistle, My Lad, and I Will Come, didn't give me the willies at all. So why did I rate this a four? It is outstanding for studying the looks and the lifestyle of the (mostly) Victorian age. He describ Okay, yes, it did take me a long time to read this. It's huge, with about six million short stories. Short stories, you just pick up and read when you have time. So, the good news and bad news. To me, the stories weren't frightening. It seems like ghost stories should be scary. Even the most famous, Whistle, My Lad, and I Will Come, didn't give me the willies at all. So why did I rate this a four? It is outstanding for studying the looks and the lifestyle of the (mostly) Victorian age. He describes buildings, clothes, hobbies, whisker styles, thoughts, attitudes in so much detail. If you want interesting in-depth descriptions of the era, James really sets a standard. James did write these stories up until the mid-1930s, but most are in the Victorian age of the late 1800s. He's funny, too, like when a Boy Scout gets a badge for picking up small bits of newspaper and another badge for not slamming doors. Not scary, to me, but an enjoyable look at what scared our great great grandparents.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mrs S J Sheen

    Disappointing. Basically the same story over and over with different settings and different people, but the same story.

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    Michael Grogan

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    delia martinez

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    Emily Dixon

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amy Jackson

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