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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb stories, 9 Nov 2010
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This book of Ghost Stories by R.H. Malden has been hailed as one of the best single-author collections of ghost stories of classical supernatural tradition. They do not involve psychological horror, serial killers, perverts, mental delusions, misery over loss of someone near & dear, and thus CAN NOT be called "modern" by any standards. Probably THAT is the strongest thing about this collection, apart from the stories, off course. The stories are: -

* A Collector's Company
* The Dining-room Fireplace
* Stivinghoe Bank
* The Sundial
* Between Sunset and Moonrise
* The Blank Leaves
* The Thirteenth Tree
* The Coxswain of the Lifeboat
* The Priest's Brass

These are written in the style of M.R. James, the doyen of "English" ghost stories, and involve antiquarians and their misadventures in many cases. Every story is horrific in its own way, and is guaranteed to provide substantial amount of 'creeps' across your vertebra, esp. if you are reading the book alone, at night, preferably in a rambling house, when the wind outside has become distinctly noisy with suspicious sounds! Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and constructed, 15 Sep 2012
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This came up as a recommendation when I was buying Tom Rolt's Sleep No More and it is a similar short collection of stories in the style of M R James - several of the stories have notable similarities to James, particularly those with their settings on the ever spooky coast of East Anglia, however "Stivinghoe Bank" (despite sharing this location) is more innovative than the others and is a terrfic story which alone warrants the purchase of this collection by devotees of the traditional British ghost story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A short but superb collection, 5 Dec 2012
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downkiddie "downkiddie" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This collection of ghost stories by the friend and contemporary of M.R. James is very much in the style of James. Settings of country house libraries, churches and (of course) the coast of East Anglia give a distinctly Jamesian feel. As do the various misadventures of well-meaning academics and antiquaries. Generally the protagonists come out of the adventure rather better than James's do, with less of the terror felt in James's best spine chillers. These tales nevertheless are superb pieces of supernatural fiction.

The wonderful "Stivinghoe Bank" takes us to North Norfolk with a brilliant tale of an abandoned chapel, perhaps my favourite story in the collection. Malden's introductions to the stories are superb and succint introductions to the topics touched on in the stories.

This is an extremely pleasing collection of stories and a must for anyone who has read the full collection of M.R. James tales and is hungry for more. The stories are short, and the whole collection runs to just over 100 pages. It can be enjoyed over and over again, a collection to sit on the bookshelf for a long time to come.

This particular edition is satisfying, with a very simple and atmospheric front cover photo of a low-burning candle and high quality paper. It is the same text however that can be found online (complete with very minor mistakes), nevertheless, having it bound is somehow far more fitting for this sort of material. Unfortunately the hardback does not come with cloth binding or a dustjacket.
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