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Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories: The Complete Ghost Stories of M. R. James, Volume 1

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The only annotated edition of M. R. James's writings currently available, Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories contains the entire first two volumes of James's ghost stories, Ghost Stories of an Antiquary and More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary. These volumes are both the culmination of the nineteenth-century ghost story tradition and the inspiration for much of the best twentieth-century work in this genre.

M. R. James, referred to by H. P. Lovecraft as "one of the few really creative masters in his darksome province," was a pioneer in the history of the English ghost story, transforming the ghost from a wispy, ethereal figure into an aggressive, malevolent, and all too palpable force of evil. Included in this collection are such landmark tales as "Count Magnus," set in the wilds of Sweden; "Number 13," a distinctive tale about a haunted hotel room; "Casting the Runes," a richly complex tale of sorcery that served as the basis for the classic horror film Curse of the Demon; and "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad," one of the most frightening tales in literature. The appendix includes several rare texts, including "A Night in King's College Chapel," James's first known ghost story.

Synopsis:

The only annotated edition of M. R. James's writings currently available, "Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories" contains the entire first two volumes of James's ghost stories, "Ghost Stories of an Antiquary" and "More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary." These volumes are both the culmination of the nineteenth-century ghost story tradition and the inspiration for much of the best twentieth-century work in this genre. Included in this collection are such landmark tales as "Count Magnus," set in the wilds of Sweden; "Number 13," a distinctive tale about a haunted hotel room; "Casting the Runes," a richly complex tale of sorcery that served as the basis for the classic horror film "Curse of the Demon"; and "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad," one of the most frightening tales in literature. The appendix includes several rare texts, including "A Night in King's College Chapel," James's first known ghost story.

About the Author

Montague Rhodes James (1862–1936) is one of the originators and most influential writers of supernatural fiction. Among his many honors was the Order of Merit, bestowed upon him by King George V in 1930.

S. T. Joshi is a widely published writer, biographer, and editor. He has edited three Penguin Classics editions of H. P. Lovecraft's horror tales, as well as Algernon Blackwood's Ancient Sorceries and Other Strange Stories and Lord Dunsany's In the Land of Time and Other Fantasy Tales.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143039396
Editor:
Joshi, S. T.
Publisher:
Penguin Classics
Editor:
Joshi, S. T.
Author:
James, M.
Author:
James, M. R.
Author:
Joshi, S. T.
Subject:
Ghost
Subject:
Ghost stories, English
Subject:
Horror - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
The Complete Ghost S
Publication Date:
October 4, 2005
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
7.76x5.14x.62 in. .51 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , The only annotated edition of M. R. James's writings currently available, "Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories" contains the entire first two volumes of James's ghost stories, "Ghost Stories of an Antiquary" and "More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary." These volumes are both the culmination of the nineteenth-century ghost story tradition and the inspiration for much of the best twentieth-century work in this genre. Included in this collection are such landmark tales as "Count Magnus," set in the wilds of Sweden; "Number 13," a distinctive tale about a haunted hotel room; "Casting the Runes," a richly complex tale of sorcery that served as the basis for the classic horror film "Curse of the Demon"; and "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad," one of the most frightening tales in literature. The appendix includes several rare texts, including "A Night in King's College Chapel," James's first known ghost story.
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