Considered by many to be the foremost author of the traditional Ghost Story, M. R. James was a distinguished scholar who spent his entire adult life in the academic atmospheres of Eton and Cambridge.
His classic supernatural tales draw on the trepidations of the everyday, in which documents and objects unleash ghastly forces, often in enclosed confinements and night-time settings where the imagination runs riot. From isolated country houses to remote inns, ancient churches and vast libraries… These locations deliver intolerable menace from malevolent spirits seeking vengeance and harm.
80 years on, these stories have lost none of their power to unnerve and disturb.
This new volume includes four tales which have been adapted for television, expertly narrated by actor David Troughton and includes: Number 13, The Tractate Middoth, A View from a Hill and Lost Hearts.
‘II have given M.R. James the title of genius, an accolade which should not be lightly bestowed.’
‘A writer of great supernatural imagination, a master of style and purity… I believe that it is unlikely his ghost stories will ever be surpassed.’ Christopher Lee