A new Folio edition of chilling tales by M. R. James, the undisputed master of the English ghost story, accompanied by rarely-seen original illustrations by James McBryde.
If any of [these stories] succeed in causing their readers to feel pleasantly uncomfortable when walking along a solitary road at nightfall, or sitting over a dying fire in the small hours, my purpose in writing them will have been attained ...
Montague Rhodes James (1862–1936), better known as M. R. James, was an outstanding medieval scholar, Provost of both Eton and King’s College, Cambridge – and the greatest writer of ghost stories in the English language. Over one hundred years after they were first published, his eerie tales retain the power to unsettle and unnerve.
This new selection gathers sixteen of the very best, including the spine-tingling classics ‘Canon Alberic’s Scrap-Book’, ‘Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad’ and ‘A Warning to the Curious’. Welcome to a world of lonely country houses, deserted cathedrals and ruined monasteries; obsessive scholars keen to lay their hands on rare manuscripts, precious artefacts or buried treasure; and the terrifying fiends whose attentions they inadvertently attract.
Bound in cloth blocked with a design by Neil Gower
Set in Albertina with Minion display
4 full-page black & white illustrations, and 1 incomplete sketch
8¾˝ x 5½˝