This is the unabridged audio recording of M R James' excellent ghost story "Casting The Runes". Read by David Collings, this is sure to scare and delight in equal measure.More
"David Collings Reads Wonderfully Well." (The Observer)
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When horror meant being horrified
This is a classic horror story where much is left to the reader's imagination - and isn't your imagination usually far worse than the explicit descriptions of a narrator? This story is the basis for the absolute classic horror film
The section where the protagonist is struggling to get rid of the cursed parchment to save himself is quite thrilling, but perhaps the most horrifying bit is the brother of a dead victim of the curse explaining what transpired before his brother's terrible demise.
My favorite scene was where the protagonists tried to pass the parchment on to Karswell.
I wouldn't rename it. The title is fantastic and contains a puns. Multiple meanings, each apt, is a difficult trick to pull off but James did it aptly here.
I wish more horror stories took this tack of intelligence and subtlety.