Here’s a fun M. R. James story for your Halloween evening…

after the little ghouls and goblins have left you alone with the leftover candy.

Casting the Runes

By M. R. James

April 15th, 190-

Dear Sir,

I am requested by the Council of the —- Association to return to you the draft of a paper on _The Truth of Alchemy_, which you have been good enough to offer to read at our forthcoming meeting, and to inform you that the Council do not see their way to including it in the programme.

I am,

Yours faithfully,

— Secretary.

Read the rest of this classic M. R. James story at Wikisource –> Casting the Runes



About V. T. Eric Layton

vtel57, Nocturnal Slacker

5 responses »

  1. Without wishing to give anything away, this one has one of the great moments of any ghost story … It also formed the basis of Jacques Tourneur’s superb film “The Night of the Demon”.

    • Ah, yes… another M. R. James fan. I had a feeling this posting would draw you out of the woodwork. 😉

      Hope your Halloween was a creepy and fun evening, Himadri! Did anyone drop a bit of single malt into your sack? 🙂


    • And for those interested, I found a copy of the movie Himadri is referring to above:

      Enjoy! Don’t forget the popcorn. 🙂

  2. You say “movie”, I say “film”, let’s call the whole thing off…

    …well, let’s not. It’s a terrific film/movie, despite Dana Andrews’ typically wooden performance. Thanks for locating ths – I’ll be watching this over the weekend.

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