• "In M.R. James' stories, the ordinary tips over into an alternative existence that is just as believable"

  • "An original and powerful storyteller.... A gnawing sense of unease, a steady accumulation of sounds, shadows and images finally meet in a single moment of sensational physical horror"

    Daily Telegraph
  • "M R James, who ushered the ghost story into our century, is still quite simply the craftiest"

  • "A master class in creepiness from the Edwardian-era Provost of King's College, Cambridge. James delivers brilliant atmospherics, gnawing disquiet and (above all) horrific denouements created by suggestion rather than ghoulish spectacle"