Collected Ghost Stories (Oxford World's Classics) by M. R. James

By M. R. James

"I was once aware of a so much terrible scent of mildew, and of a chilly type of face pressed opposed to my own...'

Considered through many to be the main terrifying author in English, M. R. James used to be an eminent pupil who spent his whole grownup lifestyles within the educational atmosphere of Eton and Cambridge. His vintage supernatural stories draw at the terrors of the standard, during which files and items unharness negative forces, frequently in closed rooms and night-time settings the place mind's eye runs insurrection. Lonely kingdom homes, distant lodges, historic church buildings or the manuscript collections of serious libraries offer settings for insufferable threat, from creatures looking retribution and damage. those tales have misplaced none in their strength to unsettle and disturb.

This version provides all of James's released ghost tales, together with the unforgettable 'Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad' and 'Casting the Runes', and an appendix of James's writings at the ghost tale. Darryl Jones's creation and notes offer a desirable perception into James's history and his mastery of the style he made his personal.

Readership: Readers of ghost tales, the gothic, the supernatural, fanatics of Edwardian and Victorian literature, and scholars of English Literature in those disciplines, in addition to the fast tale and renowned Literature.

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At last one, a tall young fellow, came out from the trees and bowed to Gandalf and to Thorin. " he said. " said Thorin a bit gruffly; but Gandalf was already off his horse and among the elves, talking merrily with them. "You are a little out of your way," said the elf: "that is, if you are making for the only path across the water and to the house beyond. We will set you right, but you had best get on foot, until you are over the bridge. Are you going to stay a bit and sing with us, or will you go straight on?

Said one of the drivers. "Several of our people were struck by lightning in the cave, when we invited these creatures to come below; and they are as dead as stones. " He held out the sword which Thorin had worn, the sword which came from the Trolls' lair. The Great Goblin gave a truly awful howl of rage when he looked at it, and all his soldiers gnashed their teeth, clashed their shields, and stamped. They knew the sword at once. It had killed hundreds of goblins in its time, when the fair elves of Gondolin hunted them in the hills or did battle before their walls.

They all laughed and stamped and clapped their hands, when the dwarves (with poor little Bilbo at the back and nearest to the whips) came running in, while the goblin-drivers whooped and cracked their whips behind. The ponies were already there huddled in a corner; and there were all the baggages and packages lying broken open, and being rummaged by goblins, and smelt by goblins, and fingered by goblins, and quarrelled over by goblins. 50 OVER HILL AND UNDER HILL I am afraid that was the last they ever saw of those excellent little ponies, including a jolly sturdy little white fellow that Elrond had lent to Gandalf, since his horse was not suitable for the mountain-paths.

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