There is the touch on the shoulder that comes when you are walking quickly homewards in the dark hours, full of anticipation of the warm room and bright fire, and when you pull up, startled, what face or no-face do you see?
Post by Michael Connolly on Oct 22, 2018 14:31:53 GMT
Even though "In Vitro" sounds like "Count Magnus" all over again, it's because it was written by Michael Cox who did so much good work for M.R. James (his biography is sitting beside this computer right now) and ghost stories in general that I really want to read it now.
He was a class act for sure, one of those blessed people who could pull off academic without being in the least stuffy as i'm sure lurker will agree. The Oxford Ghost books he co-edited and the Illustrated J. S. Le Fanu he compiled for the doomed Equation were my favourites, but i'm also extremely fond of his MRJ biography. Incredibly, i picked up my copy for 20p, withdrawn from Plaistow library when they were having a clear out. Takes you back, doesn't it? libraries that actually stocked books. And it was only eight years ago.
20p! While I like Michael Cox's chapter on the ghost stories in M.R. James: An Informal Portrait, his introduction to Casting the Runes and Other Ghost Stories (Oxford World's Classics) is better, being more analytical. It seems that even the paperback edition of An Informal Portrait was never reprinted, which seems even more unlikely now due to Darryl Jones's upcoming biography also from Oxford University Press.