Ghost Stories of an Antiquary

Here We Go Again
Handsworth and Handsworth Wood
And Birmingham
Like An Old Fashioned Waltz
Gold Dust - Live at the Royalty
Charles Dickens 1812-1870
Scrooge (A Christmas Carol) 1951
London Odds and Ends
Plain Capers
Fire and Sleet and Candlelight
Fi Fraser and Jo Freya
Eclection Words
Rhythm & Blues
The Dog and Dustbin
Hark! The Villages
The Battle Of The Field
The Albion Country Bands
Old Sir Simon The King
Pace Egging
Umps and Dumps
Gorse Hall
Arborfield, Berkshire
Tall Ships
Norman Thelwell
A Garland of Carols
Harvest Home
Triple Echo
Rubber Folk
In Town Tonight
Forest and Vale and High Blue Hill
Between The Severn and The Wye
A Country Christmas
Al Bowlly's In Heaven
Ghost Stories of an Antiquary
Canon Alberic's Scrap-book.
Lost Hearts
The Mezzotint
The Ash-tree
Number 13
Count Magnus
'Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad'
The Treasure of Abbot Thomas
Appearances Of A Different Sort
Robin Hood

originally published: Edward Arnold & Co, London. 1904

"Do I believe in ghosts? . . .
I am prepared to consider evidence and accept it if it satisfies me."
-- M. R. James

Oh Whistle and I'll Come To You My Lad

"The art of Dr. James is by no means haphazard, and in the preface to one of his collections he has formulated three very sound rules for macabre composition. A ghost story, he believes, should have a familiar setting in the modern period, in order to approach closely the reader's sphere of experience. Its spectral phenomena, moreover, should be malevolent rather than beneficent; since fear is the emotion primarily to be excited. And finally, the technical patois of 'occultism' or pseudo-science ought carefully to be avoided; lest the charm of casual verisimilitude be smothered in unconvincing pedantry."

With that quote from the American master of the macabre, H.P. Lovecraft, we welcome(?) you to another look at the work of Montague Rhodes James.Now, one has to be very careful about things like this. Introductions are all well and good, in their proper settings, but under certain circumstances one cannot be too careful. Let us then say, again, with caution, welcome to this the collection of stories known as Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, first published in 1904 by Edward Arnold of London and presented here in its entirety. Elsewhere on the net we have our website dedicated to the works, ghost and non - ghost, of M.R. James, also an essay on the subject of writing or not writing stories appears on our original
Albion Chronicles website, the link along with others can be found on the right hand side of this page.....Now, without further ado, let us hand you over to The Master
"The reading of many ghost stories has shown me that the greatest successes have been scored by the authors who can make us envisage a definite time and place, and give us plenty of clear-cut and matter-of-fact detail, but who, when the climax is reached, allow us to be just a little in the dark . . ."
-- M. R. James
Walk carefully and whatever you do, don't pick up anything you may find on the road, most especially if the package contains hair or nail parings............ enough said!

Montague Rhodes James 1862 - 1936

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