Books: Spooks

COLLECTED GHOST STORIES—M. R. James—Longmans ($3).

Since the Witch of Endor, rare are the artists who have raised a proper ghost. Bram Stoker raised one (Dracula]; Algernon Blackwood one (The Wendigo); Walter de la Mare, a few (The Return, On the Edge, TIME, Feb. 23): M. R. James several. Ghost-story addicts will welcome this collection of his four spooky books (Ghost Stories of An Antiquary, Afore Ghost Stories, A Thin Ghost and Others, A Warning to the Curious').

A scholar, Ghost Man James knows how to link antiquity and horror: many of...

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