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Mr. Kirk packs a lot into his short stories. So much so, that I was "hearing things" when I was reading "Lex Talionis".Published 10 months ago by Suzyq
Russell Kirk may not quite be in the same league as either M.R. James of H.R. Wakefield (who is?) but he gives both gentlemen a run for their money. Read morePublished on May 31, 2014 by DACampbell
I think the official view of this book is influenced by the respect for the political writings of the author; as ghost/supernatural stories, they are just ok. MR James, e.g. Read morePublished on April 3, 2014 by xxx
I can't recommend this volume more highly. It contains the kind of ghost stories that give you the creeps without the gore - at least for the most part. Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by Citizen Jerry
Surpasses Stephen King in literary style and use of theological themes. The book shows a side of Kirk that is unexpected after one reads his many other books on literature,... Read morePublished on June 6, 2013 by ROBERT MOYNIHAN
If you are a fan of the "classic" ghost story (James, Le Fanu, etc), then you need to read Russell Kirk's "Ancestral Shadows", a collection of the best of Kirk's writing. Read morePublished on December 20, 2012 by Badman
This collection put me very in much in mind of Flannery O'Conner, another Catholic short story writer (and a better one, for the record). Read morePublished on August 11, 2010 by Jeff Burton