Collected Ghost Stories and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy New
$25.16
Qty:1
  • List Price: $27.95
  • Save: $2.79 (10%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 14 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Want it tomorrow, April 22? Order within and choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
Trade in your item
Get a $2.00
Gift Card.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more

Collected Ghost Stories Hardcover


See all 8 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from Collectible from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$25.16
$19.26 $8.92
Unknown Binding
"Please retry"
$84.95

Frequently Bought Together

Collected Ghost Stories + Best Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood (Dover Mystery, Detective, & Other Fiction)
Price for both: $37.10

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Big Spring Books
Editors' Picks in Spring Releases
Ready for some fresh reads? Browse our picks for Big Spring Books to please all kinds of readers.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (December 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199568847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199568840
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

first-rate introduction Ferdinand Mount, London Review of Books Atmospheric, spare and dangerous: these are classics of a master. Daily Echo The definitive edition of James's stories... a treasure trove for every horror lover. Politico For those who like their flesh to creep, there is an inimitable cumulative pleasure in reading these stories Daily Telegraph This collection is perfect both for longstanding M R James fans or those new to his chilling tales. The Oldie An outstanding new edition... exemplary. Boyd Tonkin, The Independent

About the Author


Darryl Jones's other publications include Horror: A Thematic History in Fiction and Film (London: Arnold; New York: OUP, 2002).

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
5 star
11
4 star
3
3 star
1
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 15 customer reviews
These stories would be best read one or two in an evening, perhaps read out loud- preferably by firelight.
Laurie A. Brown
I read with interest of the publication of this book, but wondered if I really needed to buy it, since I already had all of James's stories -- or so I thought!
John D. Steyers
This edition features all of James' published ghost stories, as well as an appendix of James' writings on the ghost story.
Z Hayes

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John D. Steyers on April 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
M.R. James represents, for me, the nexus of two of my interests: the literature of England-Between-the-Wars, and ghost/horror fiction. I have read most of James's stories many times, and my enjoyment of them has actually increased with each re-reading. I read with interest of the publication of this book, but wondered if I really needed to buy it, since I already had all of James's stories -- or so I thought! I was delighted to discover that this collection actually contains several stories which I had never seen before! That fact alone made the book well worth my having. In addition, there is superior annotation which clarifies many points concerning the stories I knew. And, on top of all that, this edition is very nicely printed and bound! A real treasure for a number of reasons!
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Laurie A. Brown VINE VOICE on April 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Born in 1862, M. R. James was a Victorian with a love of ghost stories. Many of the tales in this collection were meant to be read aloud a Christmas or New Year gatherings; it shows in their conversational tone. There are 33 stories in over 400 pages- with 48 pages of notes. I've never before seen endnotes in fiction, but I found them helpful. The author makes many references to places and events in England that an American would likely not understand, and the many colloquialisms of the time sometimes baffled me until I looked in the back of the book. I read right through this book, which turned out to not be the right way of approaching it. Read one after the other, they tended to run together and lose their effect. These stories would be best read one or two in an evening, perhaps read out loud- preferably by firelight. But it was a library book, so I persevered.

`Ghost stories' is not really the right name for a lot of these stories. Many of them feature not ghosts but demons, things that go bump in the night, haunted or bespelled pictures, rooms, binoculars, hills and other inanimate objects. James seemed to have a peculiar horror of animate fabric, as it features in several tales, in the form of evil curtains, pillowcases, blankets, etc., which sounds silly but when it comes down to it, would you want to confront drapes that form into a human shape and try to smother you? For the main part (although there are a couple of exceptions) the horror in these stories in not of the modern variety where the gore is splattered across the pages. James creates a sense of disturbing unease, a feeling that puts the hair on the back of your neck up, the sense that something is really NOT all right, and that if one is smart, one will get the heck out of that house/cemetery/library before the thing you don't really see becomes visible. Highly enjoyable, but take your time reading it.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By David L. Greene on December 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Collected Ghost Stories
This book, by the master of ghost stories, is essential for anyone interested in that genre. I did note, however, one major example of editorial conclusion-jumping and one major error in the "Explanatory Notes." For the first, the editor concludes that James was (subconsciously?) homosexual but presents no adequate evidence for that conclusion. For the second, an editorial note for page 305 of "The Uncommon Prayer-Book" (the note itself is on page 457) states that this Book of Common Prayer had the title page date of 1563; hence it was published surreptitiously when Mary I temporarily restored Catholicism in England. But James says on page 305 says that the date was 1653; hence it was published surreptitiously during Oliver Cromwell's Puritan Commonwealth, a hundred years later than the reign of "Bloody Mary." One can understand such an editorial error, but surely someone at Oxford University Press should have caught it.

But get this book anyway. James is always worth reading!
5 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James H. Felder on November 20, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The stories in here are all little, well-crafted tales. They're probably fine for any age, but there's creepy stuff in here. As disturbing as Lovecraft, just more understated. I've always had an idea in my head of what the prototypical ghost story is supposed to be - never found it before. This is it. Wonderful if you want a quick 20 minute read: the stories fly by and are full of memorable moments.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
M.R. James is singularly responsible for my lifelong interest in ghost stories, and he is a true master of the genre. His antiquarian tastes are reflected in many of his ghost stories with the result that these stories are imbued with a high sense of atmosphere and creepiness.

I had worn out my old copy of his collected stories so I decided to splurge and got this handsome 2011 OUP edition. It is a sturdy hardcover edition with a beautiful grey ribbon marker. The cover is suitably Gothic with an angel statue portrayed glaring downwards. This edition features all of James' published ghost stories, as well as an appendix of James' writings on the ghost story. This edition has been edited with an introduction and notes by Darryl Jones and also contains a select bibliography as well as a chronology of M.R. James. There are also some explanatory notes on each of the stories at the end of the book. The select bibliography may not be extensive but has several gems, including The Lore of the Land: A Guide to England's Legends, from Spring-Heeled Jack to the Witches of Warboys which I promptly purchased for my reading pleasure.

In his Introduction, Darryl Jones wisely advises, "Readers who are unfamiliar with the stories may prefer to treat the Introduction as an Afterword." Indeed, loyal fans of M.R. James will be acquainted with some of the matters brought up in the Introduction, such as James' famed ghost story readings at Christmastime in Cambridge, the basis for TV productions such as BBC's Ghost Stories for Christmas (available at Amazon's UK website) and
...Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Product Images from Customers

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search
ARRAY(0xa564d2b8)