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In the spirit of Hallowe’en, celebrated on October 31, the eve of All Saints’ Day, we have a collection of ghost stories by one of the master storytellers of this genre, a man admired even by H. P. Lovecraft.
Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936) was an English medievalist scholar and Provost of King’s College at Cambridge and Eton College who, under the pen name of M.R. James, is recognized as the originator of the “antiquarian ghost story”. He perfected his storytelling method in what is now known as the “Jamesian” method where each tale usually includes three elements: a setting in an English town, seaside village, abbey or country estate; a naive and indistinguishable gentleman-scholar as protagonist; and the discovery of an antiquarian object that attracts the unwelcome attention of a supernatural menace.
The Collected Ghost Stories is a compilation of four of James’s short-story volumes and includes 31 ghost stories including “Rats”, “The Haunted Dolls’ House”, and “Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to you, My Lad”.
In addition to The Collected Ghost Stories, Faded Page also has 33 other titles by M.R. James including Madam Crowl’s Ghost and Other Tales of Mystery. Come join us and proof a few pages to help us bring more public domain titles to Canada. More information about volunteering is available on our companion site Distributed Proofreaders Canada.
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