Ghost Stories of an Antiquary

M. R. James
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Ghost Stories of an Antiquary


I wasn't convinced by this horror classic early on. I didn't really see what was so great about it. The first couple of stories are kind of limp.

The later stories, though, pick up considerably, and manage to convey a convincing sense of wrongness and unease, which occasionally breaks out into outright horror.

The narrator's voice is quite strong. These are very much "told" stories, and I think they work better for it. It adds a layer of reality, like they really are stories that James is retelling, that he has come across in course of his antiquarian work.

It's only a short collection, and I think it's well worth reading.