The art of telling a ghost story is a refined one, and Montague Rhodes James was a master of the genre. He draws the reader into a narrative that at first seems innocuous, but which becomes darker and darker by gentle turns until he transfixes you with his prose, creating the most unforgettable, alarming and frightening images. Complete Ghost Stories by M. R. James contains all his timeless masterpieces from the four collections of his eerie tales: 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).This beautiful Macmillan Collector's Library edition features an afterword by author and playwright David Stuart Davies.
Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu (1814 -1873) was an Irish writer of Gothic novels, one of the most infl uential ghost story writers of the nineteenth century. With the tradition of collecting the best tales about ghosts, "Ghostly Tales" incorporates four brilliant stories, such as "Ghost Stories of Chapelizod" and "The Ghost and the Bone-setter" and "The Mysterious Lodger".