1.4

M.R. James - Casting The Runes & Other Uncanny Tales

Read by Andrew Sachs
Duration 117 minutes
Released October 2010
Format Unabridged MP3 Download

 

‘I could probably read James if I was lying on a sunny beach, but not within four walls, and never, never after dark’ – Ruth Rendell

BUY NOW FROM:

                      

Buying from Textbook Stuff takes you to PayPal. Once the transaction is complete, they will send us your e-mail address and we will send you a link to download the MP3 sound files. Please note, this process can take up to 48 hours. On the plus side, when you buy direct from us your sound files are at 320kbps - the highest MP3 quality there is!

CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON TO HEAR THE TRAILER:

 

Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936) was one of the most accomplished scholars of his generation and an internationally renowned authority on early Christian manuscripts. He was also immensely fond of telling ghost stories, particularly to his students at King’s College, Cambridge, and later to his pupils at Eton.

The three tales collected here exemplify James's uniquely understated style which disconcerts the reader through its apparent normality before drawing us into an 'otherworld' of dark supernatural forces. An occultist claims to be able to kill people through the power of runes, an antiquarian gets more than he bargains for when he searches for buried treasure, and the secret world of inanimate objects is revealed in all its horror.

 

 


INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING STORIES

Casting The Runes
A Warning To The Curious
The Malice Of Inanimate Objects

BONUS MATERIAL
'Runes, Relics and Revenge'
(an incidental music suite by Howard Carter)

 


CREDITS

Recorded on 4 May 2010
Directed by Barnaby Edwards
Music and sound design by Howard Carter
Recorded at Moat Studios by Toby Hrycek-Robinson
Artwork by Simon Holub

 


 

ENGLISH STUDENTS
M.R. James is a recommended contextual author for all three main examination boards:
English Literature GCSE, AS & A2 (AQA)
English Literature GCSE & GCE A-Level (OCR)
English Literature GCSE & GCE A-Level (EdExcel)

 


FURTHER READING
Works by M.R. James:
Casting the Runes and Other Ghost Stories, ed. Michael Cox (Oxford Paperbacks, 2009)
Ghost Stories of M R James (Wordsworth Editions Ltd, 2007)
Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories, ed. S.T. Joshi (Penguin, 2006)
A Pleasing Terror: The Complete Supernatural Writings, ed. Christopher & Barbara Roden (Ash Tree Press, 2001)

Studies of M.R. James:
Michael Cox, M. R. James: An Informal Portrait (Oxford University Press, 1983)
S.T. Joshi and Rosemary A. Pardoe (Ed.), Warnings to the Curious: A Sheaf of Criticism on M. R. James (Hippocampus Press, 2007))
Edward Wagenknecht, Seven Masters of Supernatural Fiction (Greenwood Press, 1991)

CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR M.R. JAMES BOOKSHOP