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Nineteen Ghost Stories of M. R. James to Keep You Up At Night The Complete Three Volume Collection [Kindle Edition]

M. R. James
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

M. R. James is best remembered for his ghost stories which are widely regarded as among the finest in English literature. One of James' most important achievements was to redefine the ghost story for the new century by dispensing with many of the formal gothic trappings of his predecessors, and replacing them with more realistic contemporary settings.

According to James, a story must "put the reader into the position of saying to himself: 'If I'm not careful, something of this kind may happen to me!'"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 558 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1438288085
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00433TNVM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,736 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of a kind 7 Dec. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
M R James is just the best author of his time and in particular for his ghost stories. The horror side of the story is not painted in gore but by suspense and his style of writing. Once you start to read these stories, you have to get to the end. This book in particular is a must read for all MR James fans, but those of you who haven't read him, take a chance you will be pleasantly surprised.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read at a great price 12 Jan. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There were a few excellent stories which were quite spooky (the one with the house in the picture was especially memorable) in this collection.

It's based in the early 1800s, where people collected rare books and went on expeditions; I found some of the language and phrases used difficult to understand. There are a few Latin phrases that were used, but because I couldn't see the actual translation of these until the very end, a few of the stories' endings didn't make sense. By the time I got to the translation at the end of the book, I'd forgotten which story it referred to.

The short stories were atmospheric and entertaining, and always made me want to read to the very end to find out what happened.

Overall, a good read for a brilliant price. My only issue was that the Latin translations were left to the end of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MR James 5 Dec. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
These stories are classics, quiet beginnings, slow buildups to fearful climax. Still as scary now as they first were when first published. I have been a fan of this author for many years
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spooky tales 18 Dec. 2013
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Enjoy the short stories with a bit of a thrill and just enough to read before going to bed for a good nights sleep!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the Nervous 11 Dec. 2012
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A nice collection of creepy stories that were well written and left you looking over your shoulder when the floor creaked. The stories are written in a way that gives the reader they are set in a past time. This style adds to the creepy atmosphere of the stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars definite stories for awinter night 14 Dec. 2012
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since watching lost hearts and o whistle and i ill come to you my lad on the bbc ghost stories for christmas i have been hooked on M R James and his ghost stories truly a master of the gothic ghost stories not a book toread on your own
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5.0 out of 5 stars ghost stories 29 May 2013
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Fantastic book, brilliant . Highly recommend. Easy to download to our kindle, so stories to hand
Will tell friends and family
BUY THIS BOOK IF YOU DONT BUY ANYTHING ELSE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Night-time reading at its best 27 Jan. 2013
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Wonderful spooky and comforting re minds me of when i was a kid and allowed to watch a horror film with my Dad, cozy and spooky all at once and a beautiful use of language .
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ghost stories
Compelling reading
Published 5 months ago by mary frayling
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 5 months ago by Chris johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Okay
Published 6 months ago by C B Garrett
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Read these tales late in the night, in bed when all is quiet !
Published 8 months ago by P SOWERBUTTS
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good item, fast delivery, excellent communication, many thanks
Published 8 months ago by Karen Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars a new author for me!
Read all about Monsieur James in the Radio Times and decided to research accordingly. Am delighted! Can thoroughly recommend his stories!
Published 19 months ago by Pamela Barford
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
I'm afraid I couldn't get into this book despite loving ghost stories. It was very difficult to make sense out of it.
Published 20 months ago by Lancashire Lass
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't keep me awake.
These tales may be considered classic horror but for me the tales were too similar to each other, each tale was often about a cleric of some description (Dr of divinity or a... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Doctor9fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Won't Keep you up
Love this book.
Good stories that make you think.
Won't keep you a wake at night.
great !
love it.
Published 23 months ago by Marie Moran
5.0 out of 5 stars Gothic chills beat blood-soaked horror
Clever, haunting tales from a bygone era that still have the power to chill with their often unexplained scares. Read by candlelight.
Published 24 months ago by Amazon Customer
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