Casting the Runes, and Other Classic Stories of the Supernatural by M. R. James audiobook

Casting the Runes, and Other Classic Stories of the Supernatural

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English author Montague Rhodes James (1862–1936) is considered by many aficionados the unquestioned master of the modern ghost story, and several of his tales have served as source material for multiple creepy film versions. He broke new ground by abandoning many of the conventions of gothic mysteries, and substituting contemporary settings, situations, and characters. Nevertheless, as a Cambridge medieval scholar, James was steeped in the esoteric lore of the Middle Ages, and he applied that scholarship brilliantly to his stories. The four stories in this compilation not by James are meant to serve as prime illustrations of the best work of a few of his contemporaries and immediate antecedents. Contents include: Casting the Runes – M. R. James Wailing Well – M. R. James Rats – M. R. James Mezzotint – M. R. James Count Magnus – M. R. James Number 13 – M. R. James Oh, Whistle and I’ll Come – M. R. James The Monkey’s Paw –W. W. Jacobs Green Tea – Sheridan Le Fanu The Screaming Skull – F. Marion Crawford How Love Came to Professor Guildea – Robert Hichens

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English author Montague Rhodes James (1862–1936) is considered by many aficionados the unquestioned master of the modern ghost story, and several of his tales have served as source material for multiple creepy film versions. He broke new ground by abandoning many of the conventions of gothic mysteries, and substituting contemporary settings, situations, and characters. Nevertheless, as a Cambridge medieval scholar, James was steeped in the esoteric lore of the Middle Ages, and he applied that scholarship brilliantly to his stories.

The four stories in this compilation not by James are meant to serve as prime illustrations of the best work of a few of his contemporaries and immediate antecedents.

Contents include:
Casting the Runes – M. R. James
Wailing Well – M. R. James
Rats – M. R. James
Mezzotint – M. R. James
Count Magnus – M. R. James
Number 13 – M. R. James
Oh, Whistle and I’ll Come – M. R. James
The Monkey’s Paw –W. W. Jacobs
Green Tea – Sheridan Le Fanu
The Screaming Skull – F. Marion Crawford
How Love Came to Professor Guildea – Robert Hichens

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“James has an intelligent and scientific knowledge of human nerves and feelings; and knows just how to apportion statement, imagery, and subtle suggestions in order to secure the best results with his readers.” H. P. Lovecraft, praise for M. R. James

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Author Bio: M. R. James

Author Bio: M. R. James

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.”

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Author Bio: W. W. Jacobs

Author Bio: W. W. Jacobs

W. W. Jacobs (1863–1943) is considered a master of the macabre tale, mostly for his work The Monkey’s Paw, a classic horror short story. He was a master at weaving terror and suspense into scenes of everyday life. Nevertheless, his popularity in his own lifetime arose mostly due to his amusing maritime tales of life along the London docks.

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Author Bio: Sheridan Le Fanu

Author Bio: Sheridan Le Fanu

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Author Bio: F. Marion Crawford

Author Bio: F. Marion Crawford

Francis Marion Crawford (1854–1909) was an American writer famed for his classic weird and fantastic stories.

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Author Bio: Robert Hichens

Author Bio: Robert Hichens

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Author Bio: various authors

Author Bio: various authors

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 9.39
Audience: Adult
Language: English