The tale of a man who unwittingly angers a sorcerer, who is assumed by some Monty scholars to be based on the self-styled 'Great Beast,' occultist Aleister Crowley.
Montague Rhodes James was a noted British mediaeval scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905–1918) and of Eton College (1918–1936). He is best remembered for his ghost stories which are widely regarded as among the finest in English literature.
One of James' most important achievements was to redefine the ghost story for the new century by dispensing with many of the formal Gothic trappings of his predecessors, and replacing them with more realistic contemporary settings.
"Montague Rhodes James has an intelligent and scientific knowledge of human nerves and feelings; and knows just how to apportion statement, imagery, and subtle suggestions in order to secure the best results with his readers," HP Lovecraft.
Actor David Suchet is best known for his definitive portrayal of Hercule Poirot, the Belgian detective created by the legendary mystery author Agatha Christie, in a number of international television productions. He narrates his story in Poirot and Me.
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"Here Hare Here"
Poor Mrs Mothersole.
Yet another unfortunate victim of a witch hunt........
But then again, perhaps not so innocent?
"Traditional ghost yarn"
Traditional, 19th century, classical
Really dont know much of this genre but typical a 19th century short story ghost writing. Perhaps E A Poe.
Suchet reads with consumate ease and clarity well suited to the book
This is a "short" story, well under the hour. The length and genre means it needs to be a single listen
"Good old fashioned thrills"
Great traditional style spooky story to be relished
David Suchet performs it beautifully and I look forward to hearing the other MR James stories -
"ghosts and more"
An excellent short story which was superbly read by Mr Suchet. Very enjoyable indeed. Quality
Good short story. Quite surprising ending, not at all predictable. I listened to it with my 12-year old son and he found the story fascinating.
"A perfect ghost story"
Atmospheric, beautifully read
As a short ghost story, I'm not sure it's the sort of book for a favourite character.
As above, although I liked the reporter's very colourful, and possibly unreliable, account.
When the mystery is revealed.
David Suchet's beautiful reading adds to the atmosphere.
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