Category Archives: M R James


Temple Woods – Mist – Neat Buxton by Norman Elliott The Loney – Andrew Michael Hurley I so wanted to like this book and did – but with a grave reservation. This is the story of a place – the Loney … Continue reading

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Great Ghost Stories

Following on from my recent dissection of the great ghost story, here are a few of my favourites, in no particular order…  ‘Lost Hearts’ – MR James A young boy is adopted by his elderly cousin. What are his cousin’s motives, … Continue reading

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What makes a great ghost story?

I love a ghost story – those short, sharp shocks to the system which darken rooms and bring a sense of dread and foreboding to the brightest of days. But recently I’ve read a number of novels which promise a … Continue reading

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