"Many of these stories are time-tested classics, and this volume, which also includes an informative introduction and notes by Darryl Jones, is indispensable for any fan of supernatural fiction." Publishers Weekly
"James's stories succeed, I think, precisely because they hover at the margins of the unknown. His memorable images recall the night-terrors of childhood: the glimpsed figure on the lonely beach, the malevolent voice that whispers in your ear on a dark staircase. James's watchword was "reticence"; the half-seen, the implied, the threat of violence frighten us at a deeper level than mere gore." - New Humanist
"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." --The Independent
"There is an inimitable cumulative pleasure in reading these stories in succession and feeling their related horrors throng about you." --The Telegraph
About the Author
Darryl Jones's other publications include Horror: A Thematic History in Fiction and Film (London: Arnold; New York: OUP, 2002).