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SYNOPSIS:

 

M. R. James is one of the finest English language ghost story writers ever published. These short stories are not only classics of their genre, but are outstanding examples of beautifully paced, understated terror and sociological horror - reaching into the dark expanse of the unconscious mind…

 

This collection includes some of his most popular stories: 'Oh Whistle, and I'll come to you, my lad', 'A School Story', 'Casting the Runes', 'Rats', 'There was a Man Dwelt by a Churchyard', 'Number 13', 'Lost Hearts', 'The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral', 'The Mezzotint', 'The Ash Tree', 'A View from a Hill', 'The Tractate Middoth' and 'Canon Alberic's Scrapbook'.

 

M. R. James is "...gifted with an almost diabolic power of calling horror by gentle steps from the midst of prosaic daily life. Dr. James has, it is clear, an intelligent and scientific knowledge of human nerves and feelings; and knows just how to apportion statement, imagery, and subtle suggestions in order to secure the best results with his readers." - H.P. Lovecraft

 

“If you love gothic horror do yourself a favour and buy this CD; great stories read by excellent actors, what more could you ask for? 10 out of 10.” - ScifiOnline

 

 

Previously released in separate volumes in 2007.

 

 

A GHOST STORY FOR CHRISTMAS

BY M.R. JAMES

AND READ BY MURRAY MELVIN, PHIL REYNOLDS,

GARETH DAVID-LLOYD & IAN FAIRBAIRN

WITH GEOFFREY BAYLDON

 

NOW AVAILABLE

ISBN: 978-1-906263-42-3   CDs: Six 

 

UK :: £19.99

OS :: £23.99

 
   
   

 

ABOUT THE READERS:

 

Murray Melvin has had an extensive career encompassing the stage, television and film. He is best known for having created the role of Geoffrey in the Shelagh Delaney play A Taste of Honey, a role that he reprised for the 1961 film of the same name, alongside Rita Tushingham. In 1962, he won Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival for his performance, and was also nominated for the BAFTA Most Promising Newcomer.

 

Other film appearances included Alfie, Ken Russell’s Diary of a Nobody and The Devils, Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon, and Joel Schumachers recent adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera musical.

 

Veteran actor Ian Fairbairn is best known for his appearances in Timeslip as Alpha 4 and Dr. Frazer, while also starring in four classic Doctor Who stories. Other credits include: 'Stand up Nigel Barton', 'Emergency Ward 10' and 'The Professionals'. 

 

Phil Reynolds is an experienced stage actor, recent credits include Lt. Sam Weinberg in 'A Few Good Men' and Freddy in Steve Martin's 'Picasso at the Lapin Agile'. Recent film projects include 'So What?' and 'The Limes' (a story set in the cut throat world of ice cream men, inspired by Shakespeare's Hamlet). Phil can also be heard on several computer games, theme park rides and guided tours! 

  

Gareth David-Lloyd has recently starred in the hit BBC 1 series Torchwood. Before playing Ianto Jones, Gareth trained at the National Youth Theatre, and his credits include the role of Sebastian in 'Twelfth Night' as well as television appearances in 'Mine all Mine', 'Absolute Power' and 'Rosemary & Thyme'.

 

Geoffrey Bayldon joins us to read ‘Lost Hearts’; Geoffrey has had an outstanding career spanning over sixty years in the entertainment industry featuring hundreds of films, television, radio stage appearances. He is best known for his children’s comic creation Catweazle.    

 

 

 


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