Leah Moore And John Reppion Talk MR James' Ghost Stories, For Hallowe'en

81hygpcvb9lIn Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, John Reppion and Leah Moore have turned four ghostly tales from  MR James, for the 80th anniversary of his death. Published by SelfMadeHero, they talked to the BBC about the new book, and the artists who have drawn each tale.


Canon Alberic's Scrap-Book, illustrated by Spanish artist Aneke, tells of an English tourist who, on a visit to a French cathedral, buys an ancient manuscript containing a mysterious and demonic illustration that isn't confined to the page.

Lost Hearts, drawn by London-based Kit Buss, recounts the tale of an orphan who is sent to stay with his elderly cousin, an alchemist obsessed with his own immortality.

In The Mezzotint, with art by Lebanese illustrator Fouad Mezher, a university museum curator acquires a print that seems to change with every subsequent viewing.

And in The Ash-Tree, drawn by Edinburgh-based Alisdair Wood, Sir Richard Castrington inherits a country seat that has been cursed since the times of his ancestors. The rumours of witchcraft seem to emanate from an ancient ash tree.

Watch the interview here.

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary Vol. 1 is available now….

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