History Creator / MontagueRhodesJames

4th Feb '18 1:16:06 AM RaineyH
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** The death of one victim in "The Ash-Tree" is blamed on a "Popish Plot" by many of the neighbors.

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** The In-universe, the death of one victim in "The Ash-Tree" is blamed on a "Popish Plot" by many of the neighbors.


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** Creator/StephenKing's novel ''Bag of Bones'' shares several stylistic elements with James' work: for example, the hauntee suffers from [[SurrealHorror surreal]], highly significant dreams. The supernatural aspects of the book are also grounded in clear physical sensations or experiences, such as sunflowers, water, and a ringing bell. The book's narrator [[LampshadeHanging points out the similarities himself]].
4th Feb '18 12:58:50 AM RaineyH
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* BilingualBonus: Much of the Latin in the stories (particularly on the globe in "Mr Humphreys and His Inheritance") is left untranslated.


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** The death of one victim in "The Ash-Tree" is blamed on a "Popish Plot" by many of the neighbors.


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** Whatever is guarding "The Treasure of Abbot Thomas" borders on this as well. It seems to be less powerful, but it's still not to be trifled with, and it's by far one of the more alien beings in James' work.


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* EvilIsVisceral: James was a master at using this trope in small amounts, hinting at far more horror than he explicitly put on the page.
** In "Casting the Runes," [[spoiler:the mouth under Dunning's pillow]].
** In "The Ash-Tree," the symptoms of [[spoiler:the spider bites]].
** The apparition in "Mr Humphreys and His Inheritance"--the phrase "[[spoiler:the odious writhings of a wasp creeping out of a rotten apple]]" is probably the highlight.


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** A Theatre/PunchAndJudy show features at the center of "A Disappearance and an Appearance."
12th Nov '17 12:04:05 PM Timurlame
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* CreepyCatholicism: Crops up now and then. [[FairForItsDay James is however quite a bit gentler towards Roman Catholicism than other Gothic writers]]. "Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You My Lad" actually wryly mocks strident anti-Catholics in the person of Colonel Wilson.



* EldritchAbomination: Count Magnus'... companion... seems to be channelling this trope.

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* EldritchAbomination: Count Magnus'... companion... seems to be channelling channeling this trope.
10th Aug '17 9:42:26 PM RaineyH
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* GreedyJew: Unfortunately, played more or less straight in "The Uncommon Prayer-Book," in the character of Mr. Homberger.

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* GreedyJew: Unfortunately, played more or less straight [[UnfortunateImplications Heavily implied]] in "The Uncommon Prayer-Book," in the character of Mr. Homberger.


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** More generally, readers who aren't using an annotated version of the stories, or don't have a Bible handy, [[AsTheGoodBookSays may miss out on a lot]].
1st Aug '17 8:07:25 PM 20thcenturyvole
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* AcceptableTargets: Golfers.
1st Aug '17 8:06:59 PM 20thcenturyvole
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* AcceptableTargets: Golfers.
26th Jul '17 2:19:00 AM RaineyH
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* GothicHorror: One of the last authors of this genre

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* GothicHorror: One of the last authors of this genregenre.
* GreedyJew: Unfortunately, played more or less straight in "The Uncommon Prayer-Book," in the character of Mr. Homberger.


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* LaserGuidedKarma: Frequently invoked from beyond the grave. Many of James's characters fall victim to DisproportionateRetribution or CuriosityKilledTheCast, but [[HumanSacrifice Mr. Abney]] of "Lost Hearts," [[DarkAndTroubledPast Mr. Sampson]] of "A School Story," and [[MurderIsTheBestSolution the title character of "Martin's Close"]] get exactly what was coming to them. In "Casting the Runes," this is deliberately invoked by [[{{Muggles}} otherwise ordinary human characters]].


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* SpiritualSuccessor: The works of Creator/JohnBellairs.
18th Jun '17 1:26:11 PM nombretomado
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* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: He once discovered a manuscript in the British Museum with a set of pre-1300's ghost stories. In one of them, a man met a ghost while he was traveling on a road at midnight. In "The Haunted Dolls' House," the ghostly goings-on begin [[AChristmasCarol when the bell tolls one.]]

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* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: He once discovered a manuscript in the British Museum with a set of pre-1300's ghost stories. In one of them, a man met a ghost while he was traveling on a road at midnight. In "The Haunted Dolls' House," the ghostly goings-on begin [[AChristmasCarol [[Literature/AChristmasCarol when the bell tolls one.]]
10th Feb '17 10:56:39 PM ElectroKraken
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* ArtifactOfDoom: a plenty.

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* ArtifactOfDoom: a A plenty.



* GhostFiction: the genre he's most known for writing in.

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* GhostFiction: the The genre he's most known for writing in.



* SupernaturalFiction: evidenced by all the ghosts running about.

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* SupernaturalFiction: evidenced Evidenced by all the ghosts running about.
10th Feb '17 10:53:20 PM ElectroKraken
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: "Stories I Have Tried To Write" is a short essay by James in which he outlines, briefly, the plots of some stories he never managed to complete. Some of them actually sound rather intriguing.
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