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bibliolathas

That sounds lovely and spooky. Will people never learn not to rub / clean / drink / blow into mysterious magical things! I would run a mile! ;-)

Danielle

It was a good read--I enjoyed it! Isn't that the truth? You just knew the minute he blew the whistle something was going to answer the call! :)

Caroline

I enjoyed reading it and comparing it to Susan Hill. I thought her book was much scarier but his story is well done, as you say, it's all about atmosphere. I'd like to read more of his stories but it will have to wait untile December... Now it's all about German books.

Harriet

I read this story when I was quite young -- maybe 10 or 11 -- and it scared me out of my wits. But I am very sensitive to ghost stories and really have decided I shouldn't read them after Michelle Paver's Dark Matter gave me a very bad night -- I never finished the novel, either!

LizF

I hope that you have enjoyed The Graveyard Book - I thought it was wonderful and it went straight on my list of best reads of the year when I read it last year!
M R James is a very different animal and seriously creepy - whether you read it or watch a TV adaptation, the pursuit along the shingle beach is very eerie, not least because shingle is so hard to walk on.

I was planning on reading a couple of his stories over the weekend but didn't get any reading time until after dark so I'm afraid I chickened out and read Meg Gardiner's excellent The Dirty Secrets Club - very tense and gripping but didn't give me nightmares!
It is the first of her books about forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett and set in San Francisco and I think that you would enjoy it if it crosses your path.

ewix

So glad that you delight in MR James as I do.
He is splendidly creepy and erudite!

Stefanie

Oh, this is a good one, isn't it? James really does know how to tell a good ghost story.

litlove

I've heard of this one and I'm sure it's on the audio CD I have of his ghost stories. I must find it and listen to it - very appropriate this week!

LindaY

Check out BBC Radio4X this week: they are playing "Ghost Stories of E Nesbit." As the announcer put it, "Much different from THE RAILWAY CHILDREN"! Yes, indeed!

Danielle

Yes, the Hill is very chilling really--not sure how she manages it since I am not usually scared by stories in books. But James is really very good at atmosphere--he tells a good story, but much tamer than most contemporary stories. I'll be starting my first German book tomorrow since I have finally finished a few other books I was so close to the end in them. Still not sure exactly which I'll read, but am starting with Ingrid Noll! :)

Danielle

Now that I think of it, I don't recall reading any ghost stories as a child, though I loved Abbott and Costello movies and old Dracula films and the like. The Paver was creepy--I read it while walking at the gym, so there were always lots of people around and bright lights, but had I read it at home alone I think it would have scared me much more. Now scary movies are something else entirely for me--I can't watch them alone--actually hardly watch them at all!

Danielle

I have less than an hour to listen to on the Gaiman--had hoped to be done already but it's been too cold to wear earbuds on my walks in the morning--have to opt for a hat I'm afraid. Still, it seems fitting to finish it on Halloween! I wish I could see the MR James adaptations--I bet as movies they are much creepier than in the reading. Maybe I can see something on Youtube--so will have to check that out. I don't know Meg Gardiner, but of course I will be checking her books out--especially if the setting is San Francisco. I was just thinking maybe it is time for the next Armistead Maupin book. I've loved all my RIP reads and I have Peter Straub's Ghost Story to finish, but I am ready for some lighter, happier reads now. I was thinking too about PG Wodehouse, but I should probably pick a book from my 'already in progress' pile! A good cozy mystery would work well!

Danielle

Thanks for the gentle nudge to read him--I believe it was you who suggested last week's story. I quite enjoyed both stories and will return to those collections at Christmas--since he himself would read them to friends at Christmas-time it seems only fitting!

Danielle

Have you read many of his stories? This is my favorite of the ones I've read so far--and I think it must be one of his more famous stories. Still, I have lots of other stories to explore.

Danielle

It would be a fun story to listen to on Halloween! With a good reader, that audio would be good. I'd not thought of listening to ghost stories on audio--I wonder if the experience is scarier than reading them?

Danielle

What fun! I will check it out tomorrow--maybe as I am working on my next post I can listen in. I try and check into BBC4 as they have such good programs, but I don't do so as often as I should. I used to love the Railway Children--I have fond memories of one of my elementary school teachers reading it aloud to my class.

Stefanie

I've read one of his collections that I got from Project Gutenburg a year or two ago. I liked it very much.

Danielle

I always forget about what a great resource PG is! Are you still typing a book for it?

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