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OH, WHISTLE AND I'LL COME TO YOU, MY LAD'
M. R. James is one of the finest English
language ghost story writers ever published. These short stories are not
only classics of their genre, but are outstanding examples of
beautifully paced, understated terror and sociological horror - reaching
into the dark expanse of the unconscious mind…
This collection includes some of his
most popular stories: 'Oh Whistle, and I'll come to you, my
lad', 'A School Story', 'Casting the Runes', 'Rats', 'There was
a Man Dwelt by a Churchyard', 'Number 13', 'Lost Hearts', 'The
Stalls of Barchester Cathedral', 'The Mezzotint', 'The Ash
Tree', 'A View from a Hill', 'The Tractate Middoth' and 'Canon
M. R. James is "...gifted with an
almost diabolic power of calling horror by gentle steps from the
midst of prosaic daily life. Dr. James has, it is clear, an
intelligent and scientific knowledge of human nerves and
feelings; and knows just how to apportion statement, imagery,
and subtle suggestions in order to secure the best results with
his readers." - H.P. Lovecraft
“If you love gothic horror do
yourself a favour and buy this CD; great stories read by
excellent actors, what more could you ask for? 10 out of 10.” -
Previously released in separate
volumes in 2007.
A GHOST STORY FOR CHRISTMAS
READ BY MURRAY MELVIN, PHIL REYNOLDS,
GARETH DAVID-LLOYD &
Murray Melvin has had an extensive career
encompassing the stage, television and film. He is best known for having
created the role of Geoffrey in the Shelagh Delaney play A Taste of
Honey, a role that he reprised for the 1961 film of the same name,
alongside Rita Tushingham. In 1962, he won Best Actor at the Cannes Film
Festival for his performance, and was also nominated for the BAFTA Most
Other film appearances included Alfie, Ken Russell’s Diary of a Nobody and
The Devils, Stanley Kubrick’s
Barry Lyndon, and Joel Schumachers recent adaptation of The Phantom
of the Opera musical.
actor Ian Fairbairn is best known for his appearances in Timeslip as Alpha
4 and Dr. Frazer, while also starring in four classic Doctor Who stories.
Other credits include: 'Stand up Nigel Barton', 'Emergency Ward 10' and
Reynolds is an experienced stage actor, recent credits include Lt. Sam
Weinberg in 'A Few Good Men' and Freddy in Steve Martin's 'Picasso at the
Lapin Agile'. Recent film projects include 'So What?' and 'The Limes' (a
story set in the cut throat world of ice cream men, inspired by
Shakespeare's Hamlet). Phil can also be heard on several computer games,
theme park rides and guided tours!
David-Lloyd has recently starred in the hit BBC 1 series Torchwood. Before
playing Ianto Jones, Gareth trained at the National Youth Theatre, and his
credits include the role of Sebastian in 'Twelfth Night' as well as
television appearances in 'Mine all Mine', 'Absolute Power' and 'Rosemary
Bayldon joins us to read ‘Lost Hearts’; Geoffrey has had an
outstanding career spanning over sixty years in the entertainment industry
featuring hundreds of films, television, radio stage appearances. He is
best known for his children’s comic creation Catweazle.