Freaky Friday–M.R. James

Doing something slightly different today in that I thought I’d introduce one of my favorites: Author M.R. James. I first read his Casting the Runes in college and never forgot its creepy vibe.

From Wikipedia:

M. R. James, was an English 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 regarded as among the best in the genre. James redefined the ghost story for the new century by abandoning many of the formal Gothic clichés of his predecessors and using more realistic contemporary settings. However, James’s protagonists and plots tend to reflect his own antiquarian interests. Accordingly, he is known as the originator of the “antiquarian ghost story”.

Spooky Isles recently celebrated this great’s birthday–back in August.

James, along with Poe, and Shelley, and Lovecraft comprise my circle of favorite creepy authors. If you haven’t read Casting the Runes, you should.

Enjoy and have a freaky Friday. 😉