Ghost Stories of an Antiquary

M. R. JAMES (1862 - 1936)

Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936) was a medieval scholar; Provost of King’s College, Cambridge. He wrote many of his ghost stories to be read aloud in the long tradition of spooky Christmas Eve tales. His stories often use rural settings, with a quiet, scholarly protagonist getting caught up in the activities of supernatural forces. The details of horror are almost never explicit, the stories relying on a gentle, bucolic background to emphasise the awfulness of the otherworldly intrusions.

“Ghost Stories of an Antiquary” was written as two collections, presented here as two volumes in a single work. There is a short author’s preface before the first story in each volume. (Summary by Peter Yearsley)

Genre(s): Horror & Supernatural Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Preface to Vol. 1 and Canon Alberic Peter Yearsley
00:34:35
Play 02 Lost Hearts Peter Yearsley
00:27:08
Play 03 The Mezzotint Peter Yearsley
00:30:59
Play 04 The Ash-Tree Peter Yearsley
00:35:07
Play 05 Number 13 Peter Yearsley
00:40:12
Play 06 Count Magnus Peter Yearsley
00:36:57
Play 07 Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad Peter Yearsley
00:49:52
Play 08 The Treasure of Abbot Thomas Peter Yearsley
00:50:01
Play 09 Preface to Vol. 2 and A School Story Peter Yearsley
00:18:50
Play 10 The Rose Garden Peter Yearsley
00:28:49
Play 11 The Tractate Middoth Peter Yearsley
00:43:05
Play 12 Casting the Runes Peter Yearsley
00:53:52
Play 13 The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral Peter Yearsley
00:40:12
Play 14 Martin’s Close Peter Yearsley
00:49:06
Play 15 Mr Humphreys and his Inheritance – Part One Peter Yearsley
00:29:27
Play 16 Mr Humphreys and his Inheritance – Part Two Peter Yearsley
00:38:27