M. R. James is one of the finest English language ghostwriters ever published. These short stories are not only classics of their genre, but are outstanding examples of beautifully paced, understated terror and sociological horror, reaching to the dark expanse of the unconscious mind. Volume 1 of Tales of the Supernatural features "Casting the Runes", "Rats", "There Was a Man Dwelt by a Churchyard", "Number 13", and "Lost Hearts".
"There are some authors one wishes one had never read in order to have the joy of reading them for the first time. For me, M. R. James is one of these." (Ruth Rendell)
"A brilliant linguist, palaeographer, medievalist and biblical scholar...[James] wrote several volumes of distinguished ghost stories." (The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature)
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