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Ghost Stories of an Antiquary [Kindle Edition]

M. R. (Montague Rhodes) James
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 193 KB
  • Print Length: 157 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082T46NS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,094 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Christmas Treat 29 Sept. 2010
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Where would Christmas be without MR James? To be listened on a winter's night, preferably before Christmas with the tree lights on and a Baileys Irish Cream. The Michael Hordern readings are the best but as they are still unavailable on CD this is the next best thing.
The stories are Canon Alberic's Scrapbook, Lost Hearts, The Mezzotint, The Ash Tree, Number 13, Count Magnus, Whistle and I'll Come To You and The Treasure of Abbot Thomas. Read by David Timson with two by Stephen Critchlow. There are embellishes of classical music now and again but it doesn't intrude on the atmosphere.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still enjoyable reading 4 Jun. 2011
By Cat
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I first read these stories in my teens (and found them quite frightening!) and for several years the BBC televised a version of one of the stories each year as a Christmas ghost story. I've re-read them over the years and still find them a good read. The Kindle edition was free and the stories are as good as ever!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was always looking for 23 Feb. 2011
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I am a big fan of ghost stories, and enjoy nothing more than choosing a scary book to read over the Halloween period. And so you can imagine my joy when Amy introduced me to the works of M. R. James. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary was his first collection of ghost stories, published in 1904. The tales all follow a similar route - a build up of otherworldly hints topped off by a ghastly visitation - and all are very enjoyable. What I liked most about the stories were his descriptions of building. Wonderful. Because I read it on the Kindle I could look up architectural words I didn't know right away. As each unwitting lead character arrives at a holiday destination or new country mansion that they have recently inherited we picture their locale perfectly.

What is also excellent is the way in which each story has a very creepy undertone. There is always mention of witchcraft or the occult early on to pique the interest, this is then investigated in libraries or via local hearsay, before something unnatural arrives. An it is the arrival of the unnatural that is the cherry on the cake. Always unnerving, sometimes freaky, often grotesque, they never fail to send a shiver down the spine. I look forward to reading more M. R. James in the future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Amazing collection of ghosts stories from M. R. James and the perfect treat for Halloween or Christmas storytelling. There's something more 'chilling' about a ghost story when it's read out loud. That's the real tradition and it's how to get the best from these stories.


Part 1. 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 Humphres and his Inheritance

An amazing free download and well formatted for Kindle.

Happy to recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I'm not usually a reader of 'ghost stories' but as these were free and as M.R.James has such a high reputation I decided to see what they were like. And I was not disappointed. The stories are beautifully written in a classical, unhurried style. They skilfully build up an atmosphere of strangeness and the supernatural that draws you into the story. I've finished reading them all but I'm sure they would stand further readings and, fortunately, I see there is a second volume also freely available in the Kindle store. Highly recommended if you like well crafted short stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The master of the horror tale 7 Jun. 2013
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The BBC interpreted some of these unsettling tales with the lovely Christopher Lee and Robert Powell back in the good old days of horror double bills and annual Christmas ghost stories...and that was my first taste of M.R. James. Superb in their construction, stories of everyday goings on, then suddenly, wallop, he's got you. Let your imagination run riot and buy this now and anything else you can lay your cloven hooves on. You have been warned!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless 27 Jan. 2014
By Mav617
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Really well written and diverse stories of the supernatural. Some of these have no doubt inspired other writers as am sure some of the motifs have been reused elsewhere - as a free classic you really can't go wrong with this - it's "creepy" and not "gory", if people spent time reading this instead of lurid slasher books they'd learn a lot more about language and grammer.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Deeply Haunting Collection Of Tales 12 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
One of the great aspects of the Kindle is the ability to discover classic authors we may never have chanced upon before because of the prohibitive cost of their books. But now that out of copyright books are available for free, I suspect there will be a torrent of interest in many unfairly neglected authors.

M.R. James certainly falls into this category - Ghost Stories of an Antiquary contains several mesmerising ghost stories that will stay with you long after you have read them. James' prose style is deceptively simple, but it has a hypnotic effect that allows him to really engage with the reader's imagination.

I do not want to say too much about the specific stories as I do not want to give away some of the terrific ideas that James plays with.

If you are a fan of ghost stories, you must give James' stories a read.
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