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Lots of M.R. James, not much Dickens,
This review is from: More Chilling Ghost Stories (Audiogo) (Audio CD)
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This is a sequel to last year's Chilling Ghost Stories collection. That collection had the well-known classic The Signalman, possibly one of Dickens's best short stories. THis collection has two longish stories by M.R. James and two quite short stories by Dickens, one of which (Mr Testator's Visitation) I don't think of as a ghost story at all.
And in fact, neither of the James stories are truly ghost stories either, although they are, in their own slightly stilted way, very good horror stories. Casting the Runes in particular is a very good listen, but only if you concentrate: I first listened to it in the car, and got a bit lost. The best way to listen to these CDs is by the fireside, with the lights turned low and with the volume turned quite high. You need to pay attention to get the most out of these stories.
The two Dickens stories are much easier to listen to. Dickens has an easy colloquial style that works well in spoken form; Mr Testator's Visitation is a very slight piece indeed, but The Trial for Murder is a little longer, and possibly the most satisfying of the stories. And it is a proper ghost story, and one where the ghost isn't necessarily the evil character.
Listening to ghost stories is a sort of Christmas tradition; these CDs make it easy.