Give Them The Creeps This Christmas

Reading & Writing, The Arts

My Christmas gift to myself this year was purchased last night. It’s ‘Ghost Stories For Christmas’ – the box set issued by the BFI. It’s a five-disc set containing;

Disc 1
Whistle and I’ll Come to You (1968 & 2010 versions)
Jonathan Miller and Christopher Frayling discuss the 1968 version
Introduction to the 1968 version by horror writer Ramsey Campbell
MR James’ original story read by Neil Brand
Ramsey Campbell reads his own MR James inspired story ‘The Guide’
Disc 2
The Stalls of Barchester (1971) and A Warning to the Curious (1972)
Filmed introductions with director Lawrence Gordon Clark
Ghost Stories for Christmas with Christopher Lee – ‘The Stalls of Barchester by MR James’ and ‘A Warning to the Curious by MR James’
Disc 3
Lost Hearts (1973), The Treasure of Abbot Thomas (1974) and The Ash Tree (1975)
Filmed introductions with director Lawrence Gordon Clark
Disc 4
The Signalman (1976), Stigma (1977) and The Ice House (1978)
Filmed introductions to The Signalman and Stigma with director Lawrence Gordon Clark
Disc 5
A View From a Hill (2005) and Number 13 (2006)
Ghost Stories for Christmas with Christopher Lee – ‘Number 13 by MR James’

Keep up a fine tradition by telling your loved ones a great ghost story this Christmas. If I get time, I’ll give you a list in December of suitably spine chilling stories to read aloud.

5 comments on “Give Them The Creeps This Christmas”

  1. J. Folgard says:

    I’d like to buy this box set before Christmas, too. Ghost stories are perfect for his time of the year, so feel free to type this list if time allows it! Cheers-

  2. Alison says:

    ‘Whistle and I’ll Come to You’ is one of the best, best, best ghost stories ever. Gives me the creeps every time. Even the title gives me a quick tingle.

  3. Dan Terrell says:

    I’d love that boxed set, too. M.R. James is so good: fusty fear. I can remember so many bits from his stories, like the little demon that comes out of the type as the narrator is reading. I have the 1961 Arnold edition of The Collected Ghost Stories of and it is so hand-worthy: not large, fat, not too heavy, smooth, and with a clear typeface. I have read it through twice. I will reread The Ash-Tree tonight.

  4. Lostintown says:

    My set just arrived today. It’s great to see a proper release of these classics. What really strikes me about these is the silence. The lack of unnecessary soundtrack music goes a long way to creating the menacing stillness that shone through in this series.

    I’m not sure that I can wait until Christmas to watch them though.

  5. Kenneth M says:

    I understand that Count Magnus was scripted but was deemed too expensive hence the sudden switch to Dickens, but I may be wrong on that.

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