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Curl up by the fire and enter the sinister, supernatural world of Montague Rhodes James (1862–1936), acknowledged master of the English ghost story. Admired by Lovecraft himself, James' skill is to begin with a firm base in reality, and slowly build into a creepy, shocking ending as all the details come together. These often begin like a detective story, but the conclusion may just result in death for the investigators. Four wonderfully adapted tales by for different artists, superbly using much of James' original text and dialogue, all based in England in the early 20th century.
We like it! It's hard to pick which story is a favorite, each one is special.
"The Mezzotint" is a rather bland picture of an old English estate, a print that was recommended to a collector by a respected printseller. Why? Well, it is soon discovered that as each new person examines the picture, it's changed. A sinister figure is creeping across the lawn, into a window, and returns carrying a baby in its arms. Upon further investigation, it is learned that the family indeed had the last remaining heir disappear as a baby years before. Retribution for a cruel injustice.
In "The Ash Tree," it's again a tale of retribution, this time from beyond the grave. There is a series of witch burnings, and all proclaim their innocence except on dour woman, who kept being discovered in the branches of an ancient ash tree. She dies, but then the tree becomes the center for a chilling revenge on not one, but three generations of the family who so callously caused her death. Spiders? Poison? Rising from the grave? Read on and you may not feel the same about branches against the window during a wind...
Chillingly atmospheric, quietly terrifying, M. R. James’s stories explore the darkness just beyond the flicker of the candle, behind the creaking door. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, Vol. 1 comprises graphic adaptations of four of James’s most compelling and unsettling stories, plunging readers into a world of pervasive, creeping disquiet—a world populated by vengeful phantoms, disturbing visions, and spectral works of art. Published on the 80th anniversary of James’s death, this is a graphic novel to be read on a winter’s night.
Interestingly, three of the four artists, Aneke, Kit Buss, Fouad Mezher and Alisdair Wood, are from Madrid, Lebanon and Scotland, and somehow I think this helps them capture the otherworldliness of these older-day tales.
The four stories are Canon Alberic's Scrap-book, Lost Hearts, The Mezzotint, and The Ash Tree.
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Item Code GHSA01 Publisher SelfMadeHero Publish Date 2016 ISBN 9781910593189 Binding Soft Cover Dimensions 6x9 # Pages 64pg Color Full Color