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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 83 – A Room in a Rectory

    Episode 83 – A Room in a Rectory

    This episode Will and Mike hitch up their cassocks, pack their prayer books and head to ‘Southshire’ to open ‘A Room in a Rectory’ by Sir Andrew Caldecott! Big thanks to Kirsty who provided the readings for this episode, and to Garry Platt who provided the photo that accompanies this episode. You can see more of […]

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 82 – Echoes from the Abbey

    Episode 82 – Echoes from the Abbey

    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 […]

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 81 – The Demoniac Goat by M.P. Dare

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

    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 […]

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Episode 80 – The Sundial by R.H. Malden

    Episode 80 – The Sundial by R.H. Malden

    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, […]

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 79 – The Seventeenth Hole at Duncaster

    Episode 79 – The Seventeenth Hole at Duncaster

    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. […]

    • 57 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
113 Ratings

113 Ratings

Earldrake ,

Perfect!

This is what a podcast should be: beautifully produced, with witty, intelligent and clever hosts, and fascinating subject matter. I have been a huge fan of M.R. James’ ghost stories for more than 50 years, and this podcast has reignited my delight with the stories. Having listened to all of the significant episodes on this show, I am now watching a recently acquired DVD of Ghost Stories for Christmas and I’m listening to all the episodes again. Wonderful fun!

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!

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