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Old 09-13-2017   #31
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Re: MR James: Pioneer of the Modern Ghost Story

The great Fritz Leiber wrote Our Lady of Darkness, in part, as an homage to M.R. James, especially his story "A View From a Hill". James, as well as Leiber, was a master of the errie. He can lull the reader into a false sense of comfort and coziness, then immerse you in the nightmare.James also had a high regard for J.S. LeFanu.
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Re: MR James: Pioneer of the Modern Ghost Story

Leiber's Smoke Ghost also utilised the Jamesian technique in a remarkable manner.

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Re: MR James: Pioneer of the Modern Ghost Story

A 1956 adaptation of 'Whistle' can be viewed here:

https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/...ou-1956-online

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Re: MR James: Pioneer of the Modern Ghost Story

BBC4 are having a MR James night on Christmas Eve. MR James: Ghost Writer, The Tractate Middoth, No. 13, The Signalman (yes, it's Dickens not James but I'm not complaining), Christopher Lee's Ghost Stories for Christmas, and A View from a Hill.

The Mask Behind the Face, Pendragon Press 2005
Shards of Dreams, Double Dragon eBooks 2004
Spare Parts, Rainfall Books 2003

Stuart Young\''s blog: http://stuartyoungwriter.blogspot.co.uk/
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Re: MR James: Pioneer of the Modern Ghost Story

"Casting the Runes" is one of my favorites by James. I also love the movie Night of the Demon ( retitled Curse of the Demon in America) that is based on the story. I was going to recommend a cool book that I have: Beating the Devil: The Making of Night of the Demon by Tony Earnshaw, but I just checked the prices on this book and it has skyrocketed since I bought my copy about ten years ago. I only paid around $10, but the cheapest that I can find now is over $100. It is a fun book to read and look through, but I wouldn't pay a hundred dollars for it.

T.E.D. Klein picked "Casting the Runes" as his #1 Most Terrifying Horror Story for an article in The Twilight Zone Magazine.

THE 13 MOST TERRIFYING HORROR STORIES
Selected by T.E.D. Klein

1. Casting the Runes by M.R. James
2. The Novel of the Black Seal by Arthur Machen
3. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood
4. The Dunwich Horror by HPL
5. Bird of Prey by John Collier
6. Who Goes There? by Don A. Stuart (John W. Campbell) Antarctic horror, the genesis of The Thing.
7. They Bite by Anthony Boucher
8. Stay off the Moon! by Raymond F. Jones
9. Ottmar Balleau X 2 by George Bamber
10. First Anniversary by Richard Matheson
11. The Autopsy by Michael Shea
12. The Trick by Ramsey Campbell
13. To Build a Fire by Jack London

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