M. R. James

M. R. James

Montague Rhodes James, OM, MA, (1862–1936), who used the publication name M. R. James, was a noted British mediaeval scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905–1918) and of Eton College (1918–1936). He is best remembered for his ghost stories which are widely regarded as among the finest in English literature. One of James' most important achievements was to redefine the ghost story for the new century by dispensing with many of the formal gothic trappings of his predecessors, and replacing them with more realistic contemporary settings.

H. P. Lovecraft was an admirer of James's work, extolling the stories as the peak of the ghost story form in his essay "Supernatural Horror in Literature." Another renowned fan of James in the horror and fantasy genre was Clark Ashton Smith, who wrote an essay on him. The author John Bellairs paid homage to James by incorporating plot elements borrowed from James's ghost stories into several of his own juvenile mysteries. Other writers in the Jamesian tradition include A. N. L. Munby, E. G. Swain, and R. H. Malden, although their stories are generally considered to be inferior to those of James himself.

The stories of M. R. James continue to influence many of today's great supernatural writers, including Stephen King (The Shining, etc.) and Ramsey Campbell, who edited Meddling with Ghosts: Stories in the Tradition of M. R. James and wrote the short story "The Guide" in tribute.

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Speculative Fiction Novels (16)
2012  Curious Warnings: The Great Ghost Stories of M.R. James
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2006  The Haunted Dolls' House and Other Ghost Stories
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2005  Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories
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2001  A Pleasing Terror: The Complete Supernatural Writings
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1999  The Fenstanton Witch and Others
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1998  A Warning to the Curious and Other Stories
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1993  Two Ghost Stories: A Centenary
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1987  Casting the Runes and Other Ghost Stories
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1986  The Ghost Stories of M. R. James
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1931  The Collected Ghost Stories of M. R. James
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1928  Wailing Well
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1925  A Warning to the Curious and Other Ghost Stories
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1922  The Five Jars
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1919  A Thin Ghost and Others
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1911  More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary
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1904  Ghost Stories of an Antiquary
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