Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Ghosts & Scholars Book of Shadows

Last September I posted details of a competition being run by the M.R.James Ghosts and Scholars Newsletter (as it was open to everyone, not just subscribers). The competition was to write a sequel or prequel to one of M.R.James' ghost stories.
G&S Editor Rosemary Pardoe wrote, "What happened to the 'satyr' (or 'satyrs') after the end of 'An episode of Cathedral History'? Are the lanes of Islington still frequented by whatever it was that Dr. Abell encountered in 'Two Doctors'? What is left of the residue of the atrocities in 'An Evening's Entertainment'; and do Count Magnus and his little friend still lurk at a certain crossroads in Essex? As for prequels, I for one would like to know what sort of treasure Canon Alberic found, how it was guarded, and the details of his death in bed of a sudden seizure. And what exactly was James Wilson's belief system, which prompted him to have his ashes placed in the globe in the centre of Mr. Humphrey's maze: what is the significance of the figures on the globe - was Wilson a member of a Gnostic sect? Need I go on? I'm sure you can think of many more mysteries and questions that demand to be solved and answered."
I'm pleased to report that the competition had enough entries of a high standard that the Sarob Press is bringing them out next month as a limited edition hardbacked book, The Ghosts & Scholars Book of Shadows. It includes my entry Alberic de Mauléon, a prequel to Canon Alberic's Scrap-book. This has not previously been published. Canon Alberic's Scrap-book is one of my absolutely favourite M.R.James stories - you can read it at The Literary Gothic website here: http://www.litgothic.com/Texts/alberic.html although personally I'd buy the whole collection to savour over and over again - Wordsworth do a very cheap print edition and it's even cheaper on Kindle!
The Book of Shadows costs £28.00 including postage and packing to the UK; details of costs to other parts of the world and how to order can be found here:  http://sarobpress.blogspot.co.uk/
Personally I can't wait to get my hands on it, as the only story I have read is my own!

       Above: the cathedral at St. Bertrand de Comminges, setting of Canon Alberic's Scrap-book.

PS Update on 20th November 2012: the book has now been reviewed, here: http://suptales.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/review-ghosts-and-scholars-book-of.html

...and here is another (posted on 21st November)! http://siderealpressxtras.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/book-reviews-i-have-dispensed-with-my_20.html

1 comment:

  1. selling this book on eBay for $25USD as well as others by M.R. James, H.P. Lovecraft etc. Also a SIGNED copy of Eternal Nightmares by Jack Sullivan, 1978 http://goo.gl/FmD5fO