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Collected Ghost Stories

By M.R. James

Rating: 4 stars

This is a complete collection of James’ ghost stories and although it’s not a big book, it took me quite a long time to finish it, since I was reading it slowly, just one or two stories at a time as I was finding some of them actually quite creepy. Most of them now just feel like period pieces with a twist at the end, but some, particularly the early ones, still have a distinct power to them.

These do feel distinctly old-fashioned, you can imagine sitting around James’ fire in his rooms at Cambridge in the early decades of the last century listening to these stories, with the goosebumps rising on your arm. Enjoyable but has to be sampled slowly.

Book details

ISBN: 9781853268397
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Year of publication: 1931

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