History Creator / MontagueRhodesJames

6th Nov '16 8:42:30 PM RaineyH
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* OhCrap: Sums up the protagonist's belated realization that that's ''not'' a spider on the table in "Canon Alberic's Scrap-book."

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* OhCrap: Sums up the protagonist's belated realization that that's ''not'' a spider on the table in "Canon Alberic's Scrap-book."" Some readers may have a similar reaction.



* 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.

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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.]]
7th Jun '16 9:22:53 PM PaulA
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* AttackOfTheKillerWhatever: "The Malice of Inanimate Objects" suggests that small accidents with everyday items (mentioning: the collar stud, the inkstand, the fire, the razor, the extra step on the staircase, the needle, the egg, the duck, the cat, the millstone...) are the result of the angry dead trying to exact revenge on the living. The particular example most of the story is dedicated to is a killer razor blade.



* CreepyChangingPainting: "The Mezzotint" is about a mezzotint engraving which depicts a supernatural creature gradually making off with the family residing at an English manor.



* DramaticEllipsis: James has an amusing parenthetical comment about them in his essay "Stories I Have Tried to Write":
-->(Dots are believed by many writers of our day to be a good substitute for effective writing. They are certainly an easy one. Let us have a few more...)



* OurWightsAreDifferent: In "A Warning to the Curious", the last custodian of an Anglo-Saxon mound becomes a shadowy, implacable guardian spirit who "has some power over your eyes."
* PassedOverInheritance: "The Tractate Middoth" has an eccentric man who made two wills, once which favors his nephew, the other his niece (who he actually prefers) -- and the latter will is encoded and hidden. The nephew gets to the niece's will first with intent to destroy it, but [[spoiler:is killed by the old man's ghost and]] the niece ends up inheriting.



* SpellMyNameWithABlank: Lord D___ in "The Treasure of Abbot Thomas", and Sir ______ ______ in "The Rose Garden".

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* SpellMyNameWithABlank: SpellMyNameWithABlank:
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Lord D___ in "The Treasure of Abbot Thomas", and Thomas".
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Sir ______ ______ in "The Rose Garden".



* UnexpectedInheritance

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* UnexpectedInheritanceUnexpectedInheritance: In "Mr. Humphreys and His Inheritance".
31st Mar '16 3:20:35 PM john_e
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* SchmuckBait: In "Wailing Well", the Scouts are warned at all costs to keep away from the area on the map marked in red. This works as well as you'd expect.
31st Mar '16 3:07:14 PM john_e
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* HangingJudge: Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys in "Martin's Close" and in the background of "A Neighbour's Landmark."

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* HangingJudge: HangingJudge:
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Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys in "Martin's Close" and in the background of "A Neighbour's Landmark.""
** The ghost in "The Rose Garden" is eventually identified as a hanging judge who (like Jeffreys) served as Lord Chief Justice under Charles II.



* SpellMyNameWithABlank: Lord D___ in "The Treasure of Abbot Thomas".

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* SpellMyNameWithABlank: Lord D___ in "The Treasure of Abbot Thomas".Thomas", and Sir ______ ______ in "The Rose Garden".
3rd Mar '15 3:57:40 AM JakesBrain
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** "A Neighbour's Landmark" -- Refers to ''[[Literature/TheBible Deuteronomy]]'' [-XXVII-], xvii.: "Cursed be he that removeth his neighbor's landmark."

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** "A Neighbour's Landmark" -- Refers to ''[[Literature/TheBible Deuteronomy]]'' [-XXVII-], xvii.: [[Literature/TheBible Deuteronomy]] 27:17 -- "Cursed be he that removeth his neighbor's landmark."


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** In one case ("The Treasure of Abbot Thomas"), the evil was deliberately sealed in as [[SchmuckBait a boobytrap]], to be sprung on the first person to open the metaphorical can.
4th Jan '15 6:13:30 AM TheUnsquished
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Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936) was a British academic from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Known for his {{Ghost Stor|y}}ies, almost all of which involve, or are narrated by, a [[AuthorAvatar reclusive academic with antiquarian interests who works at one of the colleges of Cambridge]]. Notable stories include "Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad," "[[Film/NightoftheDemon Casting the Runes]]," and "A Warning to the Curious". Known mostly in Britain, where his stories are frequently adapted for television or radio by TheBBC.

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Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936) was a British academic from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Known for his {{Ghost Stor|y}}ies, almost all of which involve, or are narrated by, a [[AuthorAvatar reclusive academic with antiquarian interests who works at one of the colleges of Cambridge]]. Notable stories include "Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad," "[[Film/NightoftheDemon Casting the Runes]]," and "A Warning to the Curious". Known mostly in Britain, where his stories are frequently adapted for television or radio by TheBBC.
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17th Sep '14 1:25:30 AM Geoduck
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Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936) was a British academic from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Known for his {{Ghost Stor|y}}ies, almost all of which involve, or are narrated by, a [[AuthorAvatar reclusive academic with antiquarian interests who works at one of the colleges of Cambridge]]. Notable stories include "Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad," "Casting the Runes," and "A Warning to the Curious". Known mostly in Britain, where his stories are frequently adapted for television or radio by TheBBC.

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Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936) was a British academic from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Known for his {{Ghost Stor|y}}ies, almost all of which involve, or are narrated by, a [[AuthorAvatar reclusive academic with antiquarian interests who works at one of the colleges of Cambridge]]. Notable stories include "Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad," "Casting "[[Film/NightoftheDemon Casting the Runes," Runes]]," and "A Warning to the Curious". Known mostly in Britain, where his stories are frequently adapted for television or radio by TheBBC.
24th Jul '14 6:13:38 AM Ruddigore
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** "Wailing Well" features several real-life members of staff at Eton, including M.R. James himself.
18th May '14 12:52:11 PM Miriam
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* CreepyDoll: When the clock strikes one AM, those pretty dolls in "The Haunted Dolls' House" turn out to have a very different side...



* {{Patricide}}: In "The Haunted Dolls' House," the mother and father arrange for the grandfather's murder before he can write them out of the will. As this is a ghost story, things go downhill from there.



* StringyHairedGhostGirl: In "Martin's Close"
* SupernaturalFiction: evidenced by all the ghosts running about

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* StringyHairedGhostGirl: In "Martin's Close"
Close."
* SupernaturalFiction: evidenced by all the ghosts running aboutabout.



* WickedWitch: Mrs. Mothersole in "The Ash-Tree"

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* WickedWitch: Mrs. Mothersole in "The Ash-Tree"
Ash-Tree."
8th May '14 10:14:16 AM Miriam
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* WeirdnessCensor: Professor Parkins is a BlackComedy example in "Oh Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad." It takes the ghost attacking him before he registers that something is not quite right.
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