Collected Ghost Stories: (owc Hardback) (Hardcover)

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By M. R. James, Darryl Jones (Editor)
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"I was conscious of a most horrible smell of mold, 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 nighttime 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' 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' writings on the ghost story. Darryl Jones' introduction and notes provide a fascinating insight into James's background and his mastery of the genre he made his own.

About the Author

Darryl Jones' 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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780198797364
ISBN-10: 0198797362
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: June 1st, 2017
Pages: 512
Language: English
Series: Oxford World's Classics Hardback Collection