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    • ISBN:9780857388063
    • Publication date:26 Apr 2012

Curious Warnings

The Great Ghost Stories of M.R. James

By M.R. James
Illustrated by Les Edwards

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  • £30.00

An illustrated collector's edition to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the father of the modern ghost story.

An illustrated collector's edition to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the father of the modern ghost story.

Montague Rhodes James - M. R. James - was an English academic and provost of King's College and Eton. He started writing ghost stories to entertain his friends . . . and now, one hundred and fifty years after his birth, he is revered as the father of the modern English ghost story.

This gorgeous hardback collection contains all thirty-five of M.R. James's highly acclaimed ghost stories, including the classics: 'Oh Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad' and 'Canon Alberic's Scrapbook'. As well as a foreword by Clark Ashton Smith and an extended Afterword by Stephen Jones, the book is gloriously illustrated by award-winning artist Les Edwards, who has provided a frontispiece and a dozen full-page illustrations, as well as many small pictures throughout the text.

Like Gollancz's Black Books (Necronomicon and Conan), this is a wonderful book that should be part of every reader's personal library.

Biographical Notes

Montague Rhodes James, OM, MA (August 1862-June 1936) published as M.R. James, was an English mediaeval scholar, provost first of King's College, Cambridge, then of Eton College. He is best remembered for his ghost stories, which are widely acknowledged as the finest in English literature.

Stephen Jones edited and provided the Afterwords for Necronomicon and Eldritch Tales by H.P. Lovecraft, and Robert E. Howard's The Complete Conan and Conan's Brethren. He is Britain's premier anthologist of horror and dark fantasy. He lives in London. His website can be found at www.stephenjoneseditor.com.

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  • ISBN: 9780857388049
  • Publication date: 26 Apr 2012
  • Page count: 600
  • Imprint: Jo Fletcher Books
There are all sorts of writers of all sorts of nightmares, but M.R. James wrote the best ghost stories. He may well have created the ghost story in its current form. Nobody can do what he did as well as he could — Neil Gaiman
There are some authors one wishes one had never read so that one might have the joy of reading them for the first time. For me, M.R. James is one of these — Ruth Rendell
It's about time such an important and entertaining body of work was given the care and attention it deserves — SFF World
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