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The definitive ghost story collection.,
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This review is from: Ghost Stories (Penguin Popular Classics) (Mass Market Paperback)
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.