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... 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.

    Episode 78 – Brother John’s Bequest by Arthur Gray

    Episode 78 – Brother John’s Bequest by Arthur Gray

    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 […]

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

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

    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 […]

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 76 – How Fear Departed From the Long Gallery

    Episode 76 – How Fear Departed From the Long Gallery

    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 […]

    • 58 min
    Episode 75 – The Traveller by R.H. Benson

    Episode 75 – The Traveller by R.H. Benson

    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 […]

    • 58 min
    Ep74 – Review of Martin’s Close on BBC4

    Ep74 – Review of Martin’s Close on BBC4

    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 […]

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

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

    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 […]

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
112 Ratings

112 Ratings

andrewm3049 ,

Superb, thank you Mike and Will!

Love this podcast - interesting and entertaining in equal measure. Enough well researched insight to be enlightening without drowning in detail; enough light hearted banter and wry comment to make it fun without becoming trivial; enough extracts from the stories to give a feel for them without resorting to just presenting readings... if you have even a passing interest in MR James' fiction and that of his peers, you'll really enjoy this. Worth reading the stories before listening to the episodes to get the full benefit (though not essential).

saffronleo ,

Best podcast ever

I love this podcast. I have been waiting with bated breath for the latest episode and worrying that there wouldn’t be another! The two presenters are an absolute joy. You are very much appreciated

scepticchris ,

Love this podcast

This podcast is very entertaining. It’s lovely to hear two friends talk about stories that they obviously love. It has made me re read many stories. I look forward to each new episode.

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