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M. R. James (Montague Rhodes James) was a noted British medieval scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905-1918), and of Eton College. He is best remembered today for his ghost stories, which are widely regarded as among the finest in English literature. As a medieval scholar, his output in that field was phenomenal and remains highly respected in scholarly circles.

The success of his antiquarian ghost-stories is rooted in his life as an antiquary. Many of his stories revolve around the discovery of an old book or other antiquarian object that somehow calls down the wrath, or at least the unwelcome attention, of a supernatural menace, usually from beyond the grave.

James' most important and well-known works are those collected in Ghost Stories of an Antiquary and its sequel, More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary.

A word of warning: Despite his suggestion in an essay that writers should employ reticence in their work, many of James' tales depict scenes and images of savage and often disturbing violence. Stories included in this collection are:

  • Canon Alberic's Scrapbook
  • Lost Hearts
  • The Mezzotint
  • The Ash Tree
  • Number 13
  • Count Magnus
  • Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You My Lad
  • The Treasure of Abbot Thomas Download and start listening now!

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    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Caeseria | 2/17/2014

      " Loved this. A nice surprise since the books you usually find for kindle for free are a little lame. However, this was an absorbing read and sent shivers up my spine. Reminds me very much of a good Lovecraft story :) "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Caroline Maminta | 2/8/2014

      " Pretty good ghost stories... It's great. "

    • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jia yousuf | 1/31/2014

      " OMG!!!!!i waz feaked out:-s.........dat 2 totally...my advice if u ever come across this, read it in daylight coz in d night it sends shivers down ur spine....but it waz interesting.....kinda u can say but i wud definitely lyk 2 keep away frm dis book...): "

    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Deb | 1/22/2014

      " I'm a horror story fan. I also love the language of the classics. MR James gave me both of these loves in Ghost Stories. His subtle hintings of horror to come mixed with his "so very human" and everyday foundational set-up serve delicious feasts of language, delivering ghost stories that certainly satisfy. I want to read it again! "

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    About the Author

    M. R. James (1862–1936) was an English medieval scholar and provost of King’s College, Cambridge and Eton College. He is best remembered for his ghost stories, which redefined the genre. He abandoned the many gothic clichés of his predecessors and opted for more realistic, contemporary settings. His characters and plots, however, reflected his own antiquarian interests. Accordingly, he is known as the originator of the “antiquarian ghost story.”