M.R. James - Casting The Runes & Other Uncanny Tales
|Read by||Andrew Sachs|
|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
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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
'Runes, Relics and Revenge'
(an incidental music suite by Howard Carter)
|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|
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)
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)
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