M. R. James was a prolific and hugely successful author, now
credited with redefining the ghost story form. By
abandoning many of the formal gothic clichés of his predecessors and using more
contemporary settings, James set the stage for future generations of writers.
Originally published in 1904, “Oh, Whistle, and I’ll
Come to You, My Lad” is the story of a man who digs up a bronze whistle, which,
after blowing it, leads to unexpected consequences. Haunting yet realistic,
“Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad” ranks among his best and most
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