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Casting the Runes, and Other Classic Stories of the Supernatural

by M. R. James Author · W. W. Jacobs Author


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English author Montague Rhodes James (1862–1936) is considered by many aficionados the unquestioned master of the modern ghost story, and several of his tales have served as source material for multiple creepy film versions. He broke new ground by abandoning many of the conventions of gothic mysteries, and substituting contemporary settings, situations, and characters. Nevertheless, as a Cambridge medieval scholar, James was steeped in the esoteric lore of the Middle Ages, and he applied that scholarship brilliantly to his stories.

The four stories in this compilation not by James are meant to serve as prime illustrations of the best work of a few of his contemporaries and immediate antecedents.

Contents include:Casting the Runes – M. R. JamesWailing Well – M. R. JamesRats – M. R. JamesMezzotint – M. R. JamesCount Magnus – M. R. JamesNumber 13 – M. R. JamesOh, Whistle and I'll Come – M. R. JamesThe Monkey's Paw –W. W. JacobsGreen Tea – Sheridan Le FanuThe Screaming Skull – F. Marion CrawfordHow Love Came to Professor Guildea – Robert Hichens

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Sheridan Le Fanu (Author)

Francis Marion Crawford (1854–1909) was an American writer famed for his classic weird and fantastic stories.

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F. Marion Crawford (Author)

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audi...

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M. R. James (Author)

M. R. James (1862–1936) was an English medieval scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge and Eton College. He is best remembered for his ghost stories, which redefined the genre. He abandoned the many gothic clichés of his predecessors and...

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Various Authors (Author)

Gabrielle de Cuir, award-winning narration, has narrated over two hundred titles and specializes in fantasy, humor, and titles requiring extensive foreign language and accent skills. She was a cowinner of the Audie Award for best narration in 2011...

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Robert Hichens (Author)

Read by Paul Boehmer, Justine Eyre, Jim Meskimen, John Rubinstein, and Stefan Rudnicki

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W. W. Jacobs (Author)

W. W. Jacobs (1863–1943) is considered a master of the macabre tale, mostly for his work The Monkey's Paw, a classic horror short story. He was a master at weaving terror and suspense into scenes of everyday life. Nevertheless, his popularity in h...

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Stefan Rudnicki (Author of introduction, etc.)

Justine Eyre is a classically trained actress who has narrated many audiobooks, earning the prestigious Audie Award for best narration and numerous Earphones Awards. She is multilingual and known for her great facility with accents. She has appear...

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Sheridan Le Fanu
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F. Marion Crawford
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Paul Boehmer
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Gabrielle De Cuir
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M. R. James
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Various Authors
Narrator :
Justine Eyre
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Robert Hichens
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W. W. Jacobs
Author of introduction, etc. :
Stefan Rudnicki
Casting the Runes, and Other Classic Stories of the Supernatural
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