Tuesday, June 11, 2013

In Praise...

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A Horrifying Collection!

The ghost stories of MR James undoubtedly form the pinnacle of traditional British horror. Often imitated but never bettered, they have, in the ensuing century, proved themselves to be some of the most influential supernatural fiction in English. Their power to unsettle is as strong today as when first written. As James himself stated:

If any of them succeed in causing their readers to feel pleasantly uncomfortable while walking along a solitary road at nightfall, or sitting over a dying fire in the small hours, my purpose in writing them will have been attained.”