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A short but superb collection,
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This review is from: Nine Ghosts (Hardcover)
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.