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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 5 Sep 2001
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This review is from: Ghost Stories (Penguin Popular Classics) (Mass Market Paperback)
If you love 19th century tales that chill the spine, then this is one book you must simply read. From "The stalls of Barchester cathederal" to the mysterious "No13" you will be transported back into another time, so well described & with characters so intriging you'll wish you were there....or will you? MR james really is the master storyteller, so pull up a chair next to the fire, turn out the lights & TV, light up a candle & enjoy. The dark Autumn & Winters nights will disappear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I wish he had written more...., 18 July 2004
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M.R.JAMES. Woo....If you are English forget all the other "horror" writers, bin them, this hits the spot. Not only the best horror writer I have ever read, but also the best short story writer (BEST BOOK I READ IN 2003). Boy... can he tell a story in 15-25 pages. The wonderful thing about the tales is their attention to detail. Nothing is out of place. The start (hints) middle (hints) and end (shock!). Great!, at the price they are buy 10 and give them away at Christmas. P.S. these tales are really scary ... not for the under 13.... WONDERFUL I WISH THERE WAS MORE!!! P.S. some Latin will help
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive ghost story collection., 9 Sep 2003
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These are an absolute must for anyone who likes spooky tales. They have with-stood the test of time. Quite what it is about them I'm not sure, other than that perhaps M R James really knew how to impart an Atmosphere. My own favourites are "The Stalls of Barchester" and "The Ash Tree" (although like so many of James's stories, not perhaps the best reading for an arachnophobe!). One of the most atmospheric though is "The Mezzotint", about a haunted picture, which each time you look at it unfolds a terrible crime committed many years before. A good horror tale should linger in your mind after you've read it, and so many of these do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spooktacular, 4 Aug 2012
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Complete and unabridged ghost stories by C19 writer M.R. James. The best known of these is probably Casting the Runes which was memorably filmed as Night of the Demon. Another standout is Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad in which a wooden flute found on the beach has the power to summon up a supernatural entity, when blown. In all of these stories, James' technique is to suggest rather than show, letting the reader's imagination create the menace - the mark of a truly great storyteller. I suspect this excellent budget edition is now out of print (although you could, no doubt, get it secondhand) but a similar collection can be found in the more recent Wordsworth Editions. Ah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha (scared myself, then)! Night of the Demon (1957) [DVD]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 28 Aug 2014
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