This is the unabridged audio recording of M R James' excellent ghost story "The Diary of Mr Poynter". Read by David Collings, this is sure to scare and delight in equal measure.
Public Domain (P)2010 Craftsman Unabridged Audio
"David Collings reads wonderfully well." (The Observer)
really stays with you
a real seance of dread
hide under the covers
don't read along or after dark
"Terror in the mundane well-executed"
This story manages to make the most innocuous and mundane of tasks, picking out wallpaper, into an experience sharp with suspense and oozing with dread. It is also one of the author's most novel sources for an apparition.
The protagonist growing to regret having the lines join up at the top of the wallpaper was a stellar case of unreasoning horror.
I found myself getting nervous at the thought of the pattern being reproduced on a large scale, and entirely unable to say why it would scare me so.
The reader is very good at matching the casual tone of the story with hints of mounting unease. He is a fine match for M R James's material.
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