Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary - by M.R. James

Free Kindle Classic US & UK
Ghost Stories of an Antiquary
- by M.R. James
A recent New Yorker article was about M.R. James and how his stories have recently been republished.  Of course, I immediately went to look for the originals and you are in luck.  Ghost Stories of an Antiquary is a 1904 collection of still creepy stories by M.R. James. (US Edition)  (UK Edition)

(The scene is a church)
'Won't you go home?' he said at last; 'I'm quite well able to finish my notes alone; you can lock me in if you like. I shall want at least two hours more here, and it must be cold for you, isn't it?'

'Good heavens!' said the little man, whom the suggestion seemed to throw into a state of unaccountable terror, 'such a thing cannot be thought of for a moment. Leave monsieur alone in the church? No, no; two hours, three hours, all will be the same to me. I have breakfasted, I am not at all cold, with many thanks to monsieur.'

'Very well, my little man,' quoth Dennistoun to himself: 'you have been warned, and you must take the consequences.'
Reviewers of these stories emphasize their ability to raise the hair on your arms – which is more than many newer ghost stories can say.  No ghost like an old ghost!

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