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Author of AGAINST A DARKENING SKY, THE EMPTY ROOM, OUR DAILY BREAD, and others. Find out more at www.LaurenBDavis.com. I read as if my sanity depended upon it.. . . oh, wait, it does! Snort.

Chills up the spine

Casting the Runes and Other Ghost Stories - M.R. James, Michael Cox

I learned about this book from reading Michael Chabon's MAPS AND LEGENDS.  M.R. James was a Cambridge don and well-known teller of scary tales.  So well known was he, in England at least, that his stories are still read on the BBC.


How embarrassing then that I had never heard of James until now. Terrific tales of the spine-tingling variety, told with wit and great skill.  They are gruesome and horrifying and all the things one wants in such stories.  Wonderful to read by a crackling fire on a dark winter's night!