Friday, March 10, 2017

Booknote: Ghost Stories of an Antiquary

M.R. James,, Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, Volume 1. London: SelfMadeHero, 2016.  ISBN: 9781910593189.

Genre: graphic novels and comics
Subgenre: horror, suspense, literary classics
Format: trade paperback
Source: Berea branch  of the Madison County Public Library.

This edition is a graphic novel adaptation of four ghost stories by M.R. James. If you like your horror with  more suspense and atmosphere and less to no gore, this may be a collection for you. I will add that if you have not read M.R. James' works before that then this book could be a good entry point.

The volume contains the following tales:

  • "Canon Alberic's Scrap-Book."
  • "Lost Hearts." 
  • "The Mezzotint."
  • "The Ash-Tree." 
The book also includes an introduction by horror master and author Ramsey Campbell.

These are easy to read story that right away  draw you in. The works are good at creating an unsettling feeling and are strong on the suspense. The horror lies in that unease and tension. The art serves to bring the author's vision to life, and it works well. Each story has a different artist.

I really liked this one. It's a book that makes me want to seek other stories by M.R. James.

4 out of 5 stars.

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