Complete Ghost Stories by M.R. James

Complete Ghost Stories

M. R. James wrote his ghost stories to entertain friends on Christmas Eve, and they went on to both transform and modernize a genre. James harnesses the power of suggestion to move from a recognizable world to one that is indefinably strange, and then unforgettably terrifying. Sheets, pictures, carvings, a doll's house, a lonely beach, a branch tapping on a window—ordinary things take on more than a tinge of dread in the hands of the original m...

Details Complete Ghost Stories

TitleComplete Ghost Stories
Release DateApr 1st, 1988
PublisherPenguin (Non-Classics)
GenreHorror, Short Stories, Classics, Ghost Stories, Fantasy, Supernatural, Gothic

Reviews Complete Ghost Stories

  • Bionic Jean
    Please note, this is a review of this particular edition of "Complete Ghost Stories" by M.R. James. For reviews of the text, please see my shelves. **For those who love "real books" and cannot bear the thought of ereaders, or those who prefer to have a few "nice editions" of classics, this series may be just perfect. The books themselves are beautiful little clothbound hardbacks, crafted to traditional standards. The sections are sewn into the sp...
  • Robert Dunbar
    An unexpected gift from a friend: a beautifully written book that's been beautifully published. It's a profound pleasure just to hold it in your hands. Take that, Kindle!
  • Camille Stein
    ‘The Mezzotint’ / Behind the Couch: Curious Warnings & Ghostly Visions / Some artwork inspired by the writing of M. R. James - & Y si el señor Gregory se despertó una o dos veces en las primeras horas de la madrugada y le pareció oír una especie de manoteo en la parte inferior de su puerta, no fue, quizá, sino lo que lógicamente podía esperar un hombre pacífico, súbitamente sumergido en una cama ...
  • Airiz C
    After graduating from Stine’s “Goosebumps” books in high school, I quenched my thirst for more horror lit by a steady dose of readings from Poe, Lovecraft, King, and of course, James. Montague Rhodes James is perhaps one of my favorite horror writers back then, even if I’ve only read one anthology of his writings.Complete Ghost Stories is a good tome of macabre literature. I must confess that most of the stories didn’t scare me at all b...
  • Susan
    If you are going to read only one author of the classic English ghost story, make it M.R. James - and buy this book, because it will give you all of his great stories in one place, ready whenever you're in the mood for a good Victorian/Edwardian chill. I read this book every October (perfect time of year for it), and I'm always amazed by James' gifts as a writer in this genre - he is really, really good, and a pleasure to read almost as much for ...
  • Julie Davis
    The current description for this book at Goodreads is confused with Edgar Allan Poe so I will provide the publisher's description for this fabulous little book:"In another infinitesimal flash he had taken it in. Pale, dusky skin, covering nothing but bones and tendons of appalling strength; coarse black hairs, longer than ever grew on a human hand; nails rising from the ends of the fingers and curving sharply down and forward, grey horny and wrin...
  • Mimi
    M.R James, I think after reading this book is a very good writer. Stories such as 'Oh, Whistle, I'll Come to You My Lad' , 'Casting the Runes and 'A Warning to the Curious show his ability as a writer. I thought that they were well written and very entertaining. I think he has a really good ability to 'show' and not tell the reader what is happening. Out of all the stories I would have to say that 'Casting the Runes', was the scariest. Even thou...
  • Señó Mochuelo
    Si no fuera suficiente con la cuidada edición de Valdemar: primorosa, detallista, agradable al tacto y a la vista —¡qué pena no ser millonario para comprar toda la colección!—, y con una traducción elegante y respetuosa con el tono algo sabihondo, perdón, erudito del original; hallaremos además que el relleno de estas pastas es especialmente sabroso y tentador. Encontraremos relatos de terror muy modernos, esmerados y que nos transport...
  • Josephine (Jo)
    5th September 2010I revisited this old favourite after many years, I first read James at the age of fifteen and hid under the blankets afraid to turn off the light. Coming back for a second time I still find that fearful enjoyment in his stories even though there is less gore that we have become used to in recent years both on t.v. and in books. Although only written in the 1930's the beautiful use of the english language without need of slang or...
  • Jim
    Recommended as one of the classic authors of ghost stories, I first became aware of James' work when I saw Jonathan Miller's film 'Whistle And I'll Come To You', adapted from one of his stories. The typical James story doesn't deal with the horror directly, oddly enough; the story is often told by a narrator twice or more times removed from the action. So you get a story told by the author who heard it from a school friend, who pieced it together...
  • Carlos Piélago Rojo
    4/5Me ha gustado mucho este pequeño libro y seguro que volveré a leer algo de M. R. James. Desde luego no son las historias de fantasmas más originales que haya leído, pero los juegos con los narradores y la tensión e intriga que consigue imprimir a las historias hace que las devores para querer saber cómo acaban. Sin duda tuvo que ser una buena influencia para Lovecraft, he visto mucho de él en estas historias.
  • Ben Schultz
    This guy is a genius, and this book is a great example of how a great author can essentially write the same short story over and over and still make them compulsively readable. "Oh Whistle and I'll Come To You, My Lad" gets all the press, but I think there are a lot of stories at least its equal in the collection, including "Canon Alberic's Scrapbook", "Casting the Runes", "Count Magnus" (much of which was lifted for a John Bellairs novel whose t...
  • María
    Sería más bién la puntuación de 3,5. Es un buen libro de historias de terror, el autor sabe como inspirar miedo, pero no a través de escenas muy explicitas de terror, salvo en algunas ocasiones, sino a través del suspense, a través de ir añadiendo sutilmente elementos que te crispan los pelos. Quizá no me gustó tanto debido a que pese a tener una buena narración en algunos momentos había escenas o que no se expresaban adecuadamente o ...
  • Doria
    What a fiendishly delicious delight, all in practically a pocket-sized little edition with a slim satin ribbon to mark your progress. The whole experience of reading these marvelously mendacious morsels is distinctly retro. No matter where you find yourself, a few sentences in you are deliciously transported - back in time and place - and pulled down a sweet little rabbit hole which invariably takes a polite yet decided turn for the terrifying. Y...
  • Nancy Butts
    Although these stories may seem tame by 21st-century standards, if—like James himself—you are an antiquarian, I think you will enjoy these stories. They are filled with English country squires and rectors, university professors and ecclesiastical deans, and avid collectors of things that they should have known were from the dark side. Many of the stories deal with the nasty revenants brought back when someone read a manuscript they shouldn’...
  • Tandava Brahmachari
    I appreciate James' preference for leaving more to the imagination, rather than going for mere shock value, but he often seems to leave very nearly everything to the imagination, and I wish he would finish fleshing out his ghosts a bit more (well, you know what I mean). The ones in "Ghost Stories of an Antiquary" were probably the best balance. The writing overall is good, with a sense of humor showing through, particularly in the introductory se...
  • Jack
    M.R. James is a renowned ghost story/ gothic/ horror writer. Some of the stories here are great, some are just okay, and pretty much all stick to the same themes and tropes that made Victorian/Edwardian gothic literature so distinct. He was incredibly influential on later writers, so James isn't a bad start if you're looking to understand western horror's roots, and the mechanics of a good, scary story.
  • Evan Cvitanovic
    brilliant short stories that are actually creepy - the notion of the 'thing from another place' that has sentience but is unlike anything known to man/behaves in a way that has no seemingly obvious logic or rationale. In short the lovecraftian - it all comes from james
  • Richard Anderson
    Really terrific stories.
  • Ahmed Aziz
    ভূতের গলপ লেখাটা যে একটা কতবড় শিলপ তার সাকষাৎ পরমাণ এই গলপগুলো ভূতের গল্প লেখাটা যে একটা কতবড় শিল্প তার সাক্ষাৎ প্রমাণ এই গল্পগুলো
  • Pallav Mishra
    Considering these stories were written much after all those gothic Le Fanu/Poe/Stoker, they shouldn't have been this "lame". Quite disappointed with the stories.
  • Maria
    En realidad solo he leído 14 relatos (más o menos la mitad) y me han gustado, pero para leerlos del tirón es demasiado, me satura. Me gustan mucho las historias de fantasmas de James, a veces te habla a ti como lector para explicar algo. Y todas son bastante originales.
  • Ian Casey
    My cursory research into the masters of the ghost story form soon divulged the name of one Montague Rhodes James. H.P. Lovecraft named him a 'modern master' of horror, and as the latter is to date my sole reference point for short horror stories, I read James through that lens. James for his part did not reciprocate the appreciation (to put it mildly), but no matter.Some points of comparison are plainly apparent. For one, the scale with James is ...
  • Pat Padden
    M.R. James was the provost of King's College, Cambridge as well as of Eton College in the years from 1905 to 1936. A medieval scholar, a writer of guidebooks to the abbeys of Britain and to the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, translator of Biblical Apocrypha, and author of such weighty tomes as "A Descriptive Catalogue of the Library of Samuel Pepys", "The Wanderings and Homes of Manuscripts" and "A Descriptive Catalogue of the McClean Collectio...
  • D. J.
    (Review of the 592 page hardback "Collectors Library" edition.)I've been a fan of M. R. James' stories for well over thirty years. Few authors of the past 150 years can craft a ghost story with such an impact as James regularly managed. I've recently re-read many of James' stories on my Kindle as they are in the public domain and freely available, but I was excited to get this hardback collection to have something tangible and to hand down to my ...
  • Nicole
    Well maybe its just me...concerning that the ratings of the complete classic collection of M.R.James book are most of the time four or five out of five. And concerning that this is my third book of these kind and as much as the other ones really couldn't get me, maybe its really me...I don't know.I have read before Dickens Ghost Stories and The best Ghost Stories ( which included one or two of Dickens tellings again) and they weren't my books. Bu...
  • Greg Meyer
    Hoooooo boy. On the one hand, the seeds of many of these stories are excellent. "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, Lad," "Count Magnus," "A School Story," and "The Treasure of Abbot Thomas" are all quite good. But others are... Not so great. M.R. James was a scholar, and he tends to write like a scholar, in a manner that's very dry and detached. (Lovecraft had a similar problem.) Not only that, but some of the stories are so... strange that it g...
  • Orlando Tosetto
    Na verdade eu acabei este livro faz tempo, mas só agora vi que não o tinha finalizado aqui. Fãs de horror contemporâneo provavelmente não vão gostar muito de M. R. James, porque o horror nele é implícito, é mais de atmosfera que de fatos, e seus protagonistas são pessoas que já quase não se vêem mais, ou que andam se escondendo: estudiosos e céticos não radicais - gente que teria nojo da ATEA. Uma pena, porque as histórias aqui s...
  • Giacomo Placucci
    Simply astounding. This volume would be worth reading just for the historical/literary value these stories have in regards to horror and fantastic literature, but it's also one of the most impressive collection of ghost stories ever, if not the best one. Some of the tales remain after more than a century genuinely terrifying, "Oh whistle and I'll come to you" being one of the creepiest read I have had in a while.If you are into ghost stories and ...
  • Eric Aguirre
    Me gustaron la mayoría de estos cuentos, sin embargo, yo de este libro recomiendo los siguientes: el grabado, el fresno, la habitación número 13, el conde Magnus, silba y acudiré, la rosaleda, el cercado de Martín, un episodio de la historia de una catedral, panoramas de la colina, una velada junto al fuego, había un hombre que vivía junto a un cementerio, cuando anochece en el parque y el pozo de las lamentaciones.