M.R. James

(1862 - 1936)

After graduating from King’s College, Cambridge, ghost-story author and medievalist Montague Rhodes James rose to become the college’s provost in 1905. “The ghost story can be supremely excellent in its kind, or it may be deplorable,” he wrote in 1931, five years before his death. “Bram Stoker’s Dracula is a book with very good ideas in it, but—to be vulgar—the butter is spread far too thick.”

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