'I could probably read James if I was lying on a sunny beach, but not within four walls, and never, never after dark’ – Ruth Rendell
Textbook The three tales collected here exemplify MR James's uniquely understated style which disconcerts the reader through its apparent normality before drawing them into an 'otherworld' of dark supernatural forces. An occultist claims to be able to kill people through the power of runes, an antiquarian gets more than he bargains for when he searches for buried treasure, and the secret world of inanimate objects is revealed in all its horror.
STORIES: Casting the Runes, A Warning to the Curious and The Malice of Inanimate Objects
BONUS MATERIAL: Runes, Relics and Revenge - a music suite by Howard Carter