Casting the Runes

Casting the Runes

M. R. James was a prolific and hugely successful author, now credited with having redefined the ghost story for the 20th century by abandoning many of the formal Gothic clichés of his predecessors and using more realistic contemporary settings. 'Casting the Runes' is one of his most famous tales, and was adapted into a film in 1958. Many of the earliest occult stories, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Title:Casting the Runes
Edition Language:English
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    Casting the Runes Reviews

  • Bill Kerwin

    This story, from James’ More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary (1911), is one of the master's finest and most entertaining tales. If it is not quite the scariest, it still very scary indeed, and it has ...

  • Stephen

    3.5 stars. This review is only for the story "Casting the Runes" as I purchased this as a stand alone book. I am also reading a collection of M.R. James' work called Casting the Runes and Other Ghost ...

  • Heidi Ward

    One of my all-time favorite spooky stories. I read it as a kid, and it's followed me into adulthood. Could be the reason I loathe people handing me flyers. One never knows....

  • Andrew ?The Weirdling? Glos

    “Casting the Runes” is one of M. R. James better known stories. It is often grouped together with his ghost stories, though there is no ghost in this one. The villain is an all-too-human knock off...

  • Skylar Phelps

    Pretty good. Not as weird or supernatural as I would have liked, in fact it was very mild. But the story was satisfying.3.5 Stars...

  • Laura

    From BBC Radio 4 - 15 Minute Drama:by the master of the ghost story, M.R.James. The tale of a curse passed on by a curiously inscribed slip of paper.dramatised by Neil BrandM.R. James ..... Mark Gatis...

  • Vatroslav Herceg

    The language in this story is not so addicting as it is usually the case in mister James work. Some elements of the text were atmospheric but a large part of the text was just not as sharp and atmosph...

  • Althea Ann

    A researcher into black magic is miffed when his work is passed over by an academic society. Luckily, the object of his ire has a bad feeling about the whole thing (after all the researcher is known t...

  • Dagny

    Excellent story and quite scary....

  • XPHAIEA.

    Supposedly based on Crowley, and you can see yet another example of an evil BLACK MAGIC working lunatic here. Very similar in theme to H.R. Wakefield's 'He Cometh and He Passeth By' - but I enjoyed th...