The Haunted Dollsâ€™ House: Stories of the Supernatural
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There was no striking clock within earshotÃ‘none on the staircase, none in the stable, none in the distant church tower. Yet it is indubitable that Mr Dillet was started out of a very pleasant slumber by a bell tolling OneÃ‰
M. R. James is widely considered to be one of the greatest practitioners of the art of the ghost story. First published at the turn of the twentieth century, he has left a lasting legacy acknowledged not only by readers, but also by many later writersÃ‘from H. P. Lovecraft and John Bellairs to Stephen King and Paul Theroux.
In this collection you will find a dolls’ house come to life at precisely 1 a.m. to reveal a tragedy. A man on holiday near the sea finds a whistle; he blows into it one night and finds himself with an unwanted roommate. An art dealer acquires a painting that rearranges itself every few hours to tell him a dreadful story. And an ash tree which stands on the grounds of Castringham Hall could hold the secret to why residents of the Hall die mysteriously, and to what Mrs Mothersole meant when she said, ‘There will be guests at the Hall,’ before being burnt at the stake. Deceptively normal worlds etched in deft, understated prose, these stories conceal undercurrents which build up to frightening scenes of great visual power. The Haunted Dolls’ House is an unputdownable readÃ‘as compelling as it is spine-chilling.
Montague Rhodes (M. R.) James was a British author widely considered to be one of the greatest writers of supernatural stories of all time, and one who is most cited as an influence by later writers. He was also a translator, an antiquarian, a medievalist scholar and provost, first of King's College, Cambridge, and then of Eton College. During his time at Cambridge, M. R. James served as director of the Fitzwilliam Museum. M. R. James' published work includes Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, A Warning to the Curious and Other Ghost Stories and A Thin Ghost and Others.