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 stories. The bulk of these adaptations were based on the work of M. R. James, considered by many (including Hugh) to be one of the greatest exponents of the genre.
We like to make sure that this tradition is observed by giving away two Victorian ghosts stories for you to read to family, friends, or anyone with courage enough to sit around the Christmas tree and listen. Hugh previously made selections himself for this website’s Christmas giveaway. However, now that this is sadly no longer possible, we have decided to make a couple of selections in his honour.
The first, although very well-known and widely available, was one of Hugh’s favourites (as was the BBC adaptation of the same name). The Treasure of Abbot Thomas is classic James; scholarly, ecclesiastical, atmospheric, and with a malevolent presence that cares nothing for the innocence or guilt of the protagonist. Now that’s what Christmas is all about!
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