Category: MR James

The place on the east coast which the reader is asked to consider is Seaburgh. It is not very different now from what I remember it to have been when I was a child. Marshes intersected by dykes to the south, recalling the early chapters of Great Expectations; flat fields to the north, merging into heath; heath, fir woods, and, above all, gorse, inland.

Christmas, as everyone worth their salt knows, is a time for ghost stories. Dickens thought so, and who is going to argue with him! No-one enjoyed this tradition more than Hugh Lamb. The highlight of his Christmases during the 70’s was A Ghost Story for Christmas, the BBC’s series of short films adapted from famous…
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