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

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

    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 […]

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 71 – An Antiquary’s Ghost Story by Augustus Jessopp

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

    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 […]

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

unerss ,

Spectacular

I love how these two gentlemen breakdown the story, I have heard some stories previously but upon listening to this podcast, became enlightened with their analyses. Very well made, keep up the great works gentlemen.

Adam Lounsbery ,

Great fun

I started listening to this podcast with basically no knowledge of M.R. James. (I’d seen the 1957 film Night of the Demon but had never read any of James’s stories or seen any of the television adaptations.) I’ve now listened to more than a dozen episodes and read the associated stories. Mike and Will are knowledgeable and passionate hosts. Looking forward to more “Jamesian wallops” in the new year!

Irving679 ,

Fun and informative companion to the stories!

I get so much more enjoyment out of the stories thanks to Mike and Will’s insight, research, and commentary. I’ve read almost all of the stories now! The podcast is especially helpful because I’m an American and there are a few things in terms of name pronunciation, geography, and how academia is different in the UK that they did a good job clearing up. They’re also funny and seem to have a good friendship with each other.

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