Category Archives: M R James

Ghost Stories for Hallowe’en

Firstly, to get us in the mood for supernatural shocks, here are the opening title with Marc Wilkinson’s wonderful theme to one of the greatest British horror films of all time: ‘Blood on Satan’s Claw’ A darker book haul… Next … Continue reading

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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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