The Ghost Stories of M R James

Montague Rhodes James (1 August 1862 – 12 June 1936), was born in Goodnestone, Kent.

He is best remembered for his ghost stories, which are regarded as among the best in the genre. James redefined the ghost story by abandoning many of the formal Gothic clichés of his predecessors and using more realistic contemporary settings. It was his habit, at Christmas Eve, to read one aloud to friends. It is probable that he put a great deal of gusto into the telling of the tales. This idea was used by the BBC in 2000 when they filmed Christopher Lee reading James's stories in a candle-lit room in King's College.


James's ghost stories were published in a series of collections: Ghost Stories of an Antiquary (1904), More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary (1911), A Thin Ghost and Others (1919), and A Warning to the Curious and Other Ghost Stories (1925).


Medieval World offers 60 minute readings of James' ghost stories. There are too many of them to hear them all in 60 minutes, so you will be treated to a selection. If you like them and want to hear more, we maintain a record of the stories read at your event, and we will ensure that they are not repeated at second, or subsequent, visits.

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