Ghost Stories of an Antiquary
|Author||M. R. James|
|Genre||Horror short stories|
|Media type||Print (hardback)|
|Followed by||More Ghost Stories|
Ghost Stories of an Antiquary is a horror short story collection by British writer M. R. James, published in 1904 (some had previously appeared in magazines). Some later editions under this title contain both the original collection and its successor, More Ghost Stories (1911), combined in one volume.
It was his first short story collection.
Contents of the original edition
- "Canon Alberic's Scrap-Book"
- "Lost Hearts"
- "The Mezzotint"
- "The Ash-tree"
- "Number 13"
- "Count Magnus"
- "'Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad'"
- "The Treasure of Abbot Thomas"
A. M. Burrage praised Ghost Stories of an Antiquary and its successor, More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary as "two really admirable books of ghost stories". Burrage also described "'Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad'" as "a real gem".
After Jonathan Miller adapted "'Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad'" for Omnibus in 1968, several stories from the collection were adapted as the BBC's yearly Ghost Story for Christmas strand, including "Lost Hearts", "The Treasure of Abbot Thomas", "The Ash-tree", and "Number 13". "Whistle and I'll Come to You" was also heavily adapted by Neil Cross for broadcast on Christmas Eve 2010.
- Tuck, Donald H. (1974). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Chicago: Advent. p. 240.
- Burrage, A. M. "The Supernatural in Fiction", The Home Magazine, October 1921. Reprinted in Burrage, Someone in the Room: Strange Tales Old and New (edited by Jack Adrian). Ashcroft, B.C. : Ash-Tree Press, 1997. ISBN 9781899562381
- A Ghost Story for Christmas, imagedissectors.com
- An omnibus collection of James's short fiction at Standard Ebooks
- Ghost Stories of an Antiquary at Project Gutenberg
- Ghost Stories of an Antiquary at Project Gutenberg (Part 2)
- Ghost Stories of an Antiquary public domain audiobook at LibriVox
- "M.R. James: free web books, online". Retrieved 2009-09-11.