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Ghost Stories of an Antiquary

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by Montague R. James
By: (1862-1936)

Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936) was a medieval scholar; Provost of King’s College, Cambridge. He wrote many of his ghost stories to be read aloud in the long tradition of spooky Christmas Eve tales. His stories often use rural settings, with a quiet, scholarly protagonist getting caught up in the activities of supernatural forces. The details of horror are almost never explicit, the stories relying on a gentle, bucolic background to emphasise the awfulness of the otherworldly intrusions.

“Ghost Stories of an Antiquary” was written as two collections, presented here as two volumes in a single work. There is a short author’s preface before the first story in each volume. (Summary by Peter Yearsley)

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PART 2: More Ghost Stories M.R. JAMES GHOST STORIES OF AN ANTIQUARY These stories are dedicated to all those who at various times have listened to them. CONTENTS PART I: GHOST STORIES OF AN ANTIQUARY Canon Alberic's Scrap book Lost Hearts The Mezzotint The Ash tree Number 13 Count Magnus 'Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad' The Treasure of Abbot Thomas PART 2: MORE GHOST STORIES A School Story The Rose Garden The Tractate Middoth Casting the Runes The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral Martin's Close Mr Humphreys and his Inheritance The first six of the seven tales were Christmas productions, the very first ('A School Story') having been made up for the benefit of King's College Choir School. 'The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral' was printed in Contemporary Review ; 'Mr Humphreys and his Inheritance' was written to fill up the volume. In 'A School Story' I had Temple Grove, East Sheen in mind; in 'The Tractate Middoth', Cambridge University Library; in 'Martin's Close', Sampford Courtenay in Devon... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - November 7, 2012
Subject: Reader/stories
Peter, you are such a pleasure to listen to. Warm "treacle" on an English muffin. Please, keep them coming
Reviewer: - January 7, 2008
Subject: Marvelous
These are some of the greatest ghost stories ever written (according to HP Lovecraft, and who are we to disagree), read to perfection. As you listen imagine yourself sitting in a scuffed leather chair by the fire, drinking a brandy, in a fine club in London. To quote HPL: "Dr. James, for all his light touch, evokes fright and hideousness in their most shocking form, and will certainly stand as one of the few really creative masters in his darksome province." In addition to that I really must give the highest commendation to the reader of these stories.

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