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... dedicated to the Weird Fiction and Ghost Stories of M.R. James.

... dedicated to the Weird Fiction and Ghost Stories of M.R. James.

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... dedicated to the Weird Fiction and Ghost Stories of M.R. James.

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English


Episodes

Episode 82 – Echoes from the Abbey

12/24/2020
This week Will and Mike don their warmest Christmas jumpers for dinner with Dr James and the troubled incumbents of Medborough Abbey, in the company of Sheila Hodgson. What could be more seasonal than a cracker, eh? Oh the fun that tumbles out when it goes snap! Paper hat, plastic keyring, lighthearted message of impending […]

Duration:01:12:12

Episode 81 – The Demoniac Goat by M.P. Dare

12/3/2020
This episode Mike and Will brace themselves for the ‘appalling stench of goat, cordite, sulphur, and burning human flesh’ in M.P. Dare’s The Demoniac Goat. Lovely! Also in this episode we speak to actor Robert Lloyd Parry and publisher Brian J. Showers about ‘Ghosts of the Chit-chat’, their soon to be published new anthology of […]

Duration:01:33:21

Episode 80 – The Sundial by R.H. Malden

10/30/2020
This Halloween Mike and Will stroll out into the garden to take a look at The Sundial by R.H. Malden. But who is that lurking in the bushes? Thanks to Kirsty for providing excellent readings for this episode! Show notes: Nine Ghosts by R.H. Malden (Project Gutenberg Australia) Malden only wrote one volume of ghost stories, […]

Duration:01:06:34

Episode 79 – The Seventeenth Hole at Duncaster

10/6/2020
Today we head to East Anglia for a round of golf in the company of enthusiastic James fan H.R. Wakefield. No whistling ‘ere though – you might just wake up something nasty… Wakefield published seven volumes of ghost stories between 1928 and 1961, but also wrote three detective novels and two non-fiction ‘true crime’ studies. […]

Duration:00:50:01

Episode 78 – Brother John’s Bequest by Arthur Gray

7/2/2020
This episode Mike and Will travel back to 16th century Cambridge to get acquainted with a rather unsavory guest at Jesus College in ‘Brother John’s Bequest‘ by Arthur Gray. Booze, burials and bell-book-and-candle are the order of the day here, with a side order of spitting. Eww. Big thanks to Kirsty for providing the excellent […]

Duration:00:44:16

Episode 77 – The Man with the Roller by E.G. Swain

5/7/2020
This episode Mike and Will put on their dancing shoes and head out to the lawn, only to encounter The Man with the Roller by E.G. Swain! Massive thanks to podcaster Jim Moon of hypnogoria.com for letting us use extracts from his reading of this story in the episode! You can listen to the full reading, as […]

Duration:01:02:13

Episode 76 – How Fear Departed From the Long Gallery

3/29/2020
We liven up our social distancing by finishing off the Benson boys, with Fred’s How Fear Departed From the Long Gallery. Dirty Dick gets his comeuppance for a murderous deed, but can the ghosts of his victims be laid to rest? Trigger warning for gratuitous violence against children. And yes, we do mean it this […]

Duration:00:56:18

Episode 75 – The Traveller by R.H. Benson

2/9/2020
This episode explores some ecclesiastical terrors in R.H. Benson’s ‘The Traveller’. It was ‘too ecclesiastical’ for M.R. James, but will Mike and Will find something to enjoy in this tale of perturbed priests, creepy confessionals and historical haunting? Thanks to our reader for this episode Debbie Wedge! Show notes: Robert Hugh Benson (catholiceducation.org) Benson was ordained a […]

Duration:00:58:53

Ep74 – Review of Martin’s Close on BBC4

1/6/2020
Excitement abounds in the podcast house as Big Santy C leaves us a new BBC Ghost Story for Christmas, courtesy of BBC4 and Mr Mark Gatiss! Will and Mike offer their humble thoughts on this festive treat. Show notes: A clutch of reviews of Martin’s Close, from the Radio Times, i, Metro, Telegraph and Warwick […]

Duration:00:45:53

Episode 73 – Out of the sea by A.C. Benson

12/12/2019
This episode Mike and Will indulge in murder, moralising and supernatural goat-based mayhem in A.C. Benson’s ‘Out of the Sea’. Big thanks to our reader for this episode Debbie Wedge, and don’t forget to check out her M.R. James-themed t-shirt designs, ‘No diggin’ ere‘ and ‘Barchestering‘! Notes: A.C. Benson (Wikipedia) A.C. Benson was one of […]

Duration:01:02:15

Episode 72- By One, By Two and By Three by Adrian Ross

11/17/2019
Like a prodigal and slightly deranged friend, Will and Mike return to explore another author inspired by MR James. This week we look at the story By One, By Two and By Three, by Adrian Ross. Show notes By One, By Two and By Three is widely published in ghost story anthologies, but you can […]

Duration:01:01:24

Episode 71 – An Antiquary’s Ghost Story by Augustus Jessopp

8/21/2019
This episode Mike & Will kick off Season 3 with ‘An Antiquary’s Ghost Story’ by Augustus Jessopp! Scroll down for a full list of the ‘James Gang’ authors we will be covering over the next 15 episodes. Big thanks to our reader for this episode, Debbie Wedge! Show notes: Collected writings of Augustus Jessopp […]

Duration:00:45:18

Episode 70 – Negotium Perambulans by E.F. Benson

3/7/2019
This episode Mike and Will grab their guidebook, pack their bucket and spade and head off for a terrifying trip to sunny Cornwall in E.F. Benson’s ‘Negotium Perambulans’. Big thanks to Richard Crowest of the ‘Ghost Stories of E.F. Benson’ podcast for giving us permission to use extracts from his reading of this story in […]

Duration:01:05:11

Episode 69 – Smee by A.M. Burrage

12/20/2018
Seasons greetings listeners! For this special festive episode Mike and Will turn off the lights and dive into the wardrobe for a game of hide-and-shriek, courtesy of A.M. Burrage’s Christmas classic ‘Smee’! Big thanks go to our reader this week Kirsty Woodfield. Also mentioned in this episode were ‘The Dead Room’, the new Mark Gatiss […]

Duration:00:58:04

Episode 68: The Death Mask by Mrs H.D. Everett

11/19/2018
Textaphobes beware! This month Will and Mike tackle Henrietta Dorothy Everett’s “The Death Mask”, a supernatural farce about termagant wives, gold diggin’ husbands and menacing fabrics. Story notes: Monty writes,“Going back a few years I light on Mrs Everett’s The Death Mask, of a rather quieter tone on the whole, but with some excellently conceived […]

Duration:01:30:13

Episode 67 – Through a Glass Darkly conference report

10/10/2018
This episode it’s conference report time! We’ve just returned from Through a Glass Darkly, an M.R. James conference which brought together authors, academics and fans in ghost-haunted York for a 2-day Jamesfest of epic proportions! The episode features interviews with: Conference organisers Paul M. Chapman, Theresa Dudley and Mark Jones, who told us about how […]

Duration:01:13:53

Episode 66 – The Monkey’s Paw

9/9/2018
This month Mike and Will throw caution to the wind and make an ill-fated wish on “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs. Best known in his own time for gentle tales of the sea and other comic stories, Jacobs is now perhaps most famous for this classic cautionary tale of cursed taxidermy, family tragedy and […]

Duration:01:37:54

Episode 65 – The Story of the Moor Road

5/15/2018
This episode Mike and Will return to the realms of the ‘psychic detective’ in this tale from mother-son writing team Kate and Hesketh Hesketh-Prichard. Expect terror on the moors with malevolent earth spirits, coughing ghosts, ominous otters and even a bicycle chase scene! A big thanks to Rob Douglas, who provided the readings for this episode. […]

Duration:00:52:06

Episode 64 – Featherston’s Story by Mrs Henry Wood

3/11/2018
Have you ever had a hankering for upping sticks and moving overseas, where one’s limited means might stretch a little further and the wine flow more freely? This week Will and Mike head for the north coast of France in Featherston’s Story, where Mrs Henry Wood shows us that expat life is not always baguettes, […]

Duration:01:24:40

Episode 63 – Christmas Re-union by Sir Andrew Caldecott

12/21/2017
Ho ho ho! We have a festive cracker of an episode for you this month (literally), as Mike and Will explore Sir Andrew Caldecott’s M.R. James-inspired tale, ‘Christmas Re-union‘. A big thank you to Tony Mears, who provided the readings for this episode. Check out his bands new track ‘A Hypothermia Banquet‘ on Bandcamp! Story […]

Duration:00:56:08