I approached Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook without a forensic eye, I wanted to be entertained and to see what a good short ghost story could do. Canon Alberic’s Scrap-Book has ratings and 20 reviews. Bill said: My first reading of “Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook” will always hold a special place i. Ruth Rendell doesn’t believe in ghosts, of course, but MR James’s stories, like ‘ Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook’, frighten her nonetheless.

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I like very much how this story moves along. The sacristan caretaker is a jumpy fellow, constantly at the Englishman’s heels, looking over his shoulder. A good sampler, will one day get around to more! I also have an Oxford paperback that contains a great introduction and fabulous, fabulous notes and a few mini-essays of James’ on the subject of ghost stories.

Readers should be aware that “Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook” is peppered with French and Latin words and phrases, some of which are left untranslated. A few pulls at the reluctant rope, and the great bell Bertrande, high in the tower, began to speak, and swung her voice up among the pines and down to the valleys, loud with mountain-streams, calling the dwellers on those lonely hills to remember and repeat the salutation of the angel to canoj whom he called Blessed among women.

Reading Group #9 (‘Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook’)

No, rather these stories have a detached, academic air, they are short designed to be read, or even acted out, aloud and as a rule built up slowly to a crescendo sfrapbook like a alberiic of music, maybe? David Benbow rated it liked it Nov 19, Mail Required Your email address will not be published.

After the tour of the cathedral, the verger invites Dennistoun back to his house to see an old book that he owns. But not knowing the precise terms of the curse, or the demon, increases the fear factor tm BBC Doctor Who site. Languages Canin Latina Edit links. But not just any old hard scrapboo, egg. On his death, the church his body lay in was struck by lightning and his corpse burnt nearly to nothing. It was not in the personal appearance of the little, dry, wizened old man that the interest lay, for he was precisely like dozens of other church-guardians in France, but in a curious furtive or rather hunted and oppressed air which he had.

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So I racked up lots of spooky music thanks Spotify for Spooky Tooth and read. Primum uidi nocte 12 mi Dec. He quoted to me once a text from Ecclesiasticus: He later hears what sounds like the landlady talking to the verger outside the hotel’s dining room. Since I scrxpbook not read any other of James’s stories, I wonder if I read some of his best work, how I would see Alberic on a re-read.

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After Dennistoun has bought the book from him, a sudden change comes over the verger, who appears to be much happier and more relaxed.

Here were ten leaves from a copy of Genesis, illustrated with pictures, which could not be later than A. Half a pipe more, did you say? These are as close to genuinely frightening as short fiction ever gets. I have read every one of his stories, and I have never been seriously disappointed. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

I wonder what that crucifix is that the young woman insisted on giving me? It was written to be believable, and the real live setting made it even better.

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, by M. R. James : Canon Alberic’s Scrap-Book

He was perpetually half glancing behind him; the muscles of his back and shoulders seemed to be hunched in a continual nervous contraction, as if he were expecting every moment to find himself in the clutch of an enemy.

Is he trying to rid himself of a curse by passing on the book? He was perpetually half glancing behind him; the muscles of his back and shoulders seemed to be hunched in a continual nervous contraction, as if he were expecting every moment to find himself in the clutch of an enemy.

The words and style of writing make even the simplest sentences sound creepy. On the right was a king on his throne, the throne elevated on twelve steps, a canopy overhead, soldiers on either side — evidently King Solomon.

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In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Byronic rated it really liked it Mar 18, The hands were of a dusky pallor, scrapobok, like the body, with long, coarse hairs, and hideously taloned. I’d put ‘Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook’ as covering a length round the middle of the line, reaching slightly further on the ‘curiosity’ side than the other. There was black scrapboik tattered drapery about it; the coarse hair covered it as in the drawing. The verger’s house is larger than those of his neighbors.

I have sinned and suffered, and have more to suffer yet. What was Canon Alberic doing with a scrapbook in the first place. Whatever it was, it resulted in a conviction that there was someone behind him, and that he was far more comfortable with his back to the wall.

Munrobut James is more erudite and dusty, and more Victorian. This Alberic was a Canon of Comminges from to It is a dark, bony hand. Gothic Literature members 4, messages.

Some of his later ghosts no spoilers… also only inflict psychological, not physical harm, but alberci I think we expect something more. All this terror was plainly excited by the being that crouched in their midst. Other short stories riff off his style big time, as it’s full of archaic horrors and monstrous revelations, all in a decidedly stiff upper lip manner. The verger says that there is no library but that he has an old book in his house in which Dennistoun may be interested.

It was not in the personal appearance of the little, dry, wizened old man that the interest lay, for he was precisely like dozens of other church-guardians in France, but in a curious furtive or rather hunted and oppressed air which he had.