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on 17 April 2013
'Night of the Demon' has always been one of my favourite black and white films since I saw it as a child so I've wanted to read the story it was developed from for a long time.
If you've ever read the original book of 'Dracula' you would have been struck by how dated the style is. Well that's pretty much the impression I received from James' original stories. It's hard to criticise as he was very much a man of his time and it creates a gulf that's sometimes hard for we modern readers to cross. The films that have been made from his stories deliver the chills far more effectively (particularly the version of 'Whistle and I'll Come to you my Boy' which starred Sir Michael Horden, made in black and white). One thing that did strike my was how similar 'Whistle...' and 'A Warning to the Curious' are on the page. Almost the same story, in fact.
If you want to own M. R. James' stories this is an excellent edition but if you want to be scared witless, they are better delivered by the various screen writers.
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