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This is an unabridged audio recording of M R James' excellent ghost story "There Was a Man Dwelt by a Churchyard". Read by David Collings, this is sure to scare and delight in equal measure.

Public Domain (P)2010 Craftsman Unabridged Audio

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Good old fashioned jumpy ghost story

Would you consider the audio edition of There Was a Man Dwelt by a Churchyard to be better than the print version?

yes, it gives an atmosphere

What other book might you compare There Was a Man Dwelt by a Churchyard to, and why?

other short ghost stories

What about David Collings’s performance did you like?

Excellent timing and building of suspense

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes, very short

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Ghostly Excellent Great from M R James

Do not listen through your headphones with the light off 💀👻💀👻
if you live alone ...... 💥👻💥 The Excellent short story by M R James will have you on edge ....

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  • Cassandra Morrison
  • 03-12-17

A Delightful Bedtime Story by M. R. James

David Collings gives us a masterful rendition of one of Dr. James' lighter tales.
You may notice a similarity between this tale and Mark Twain's story of "The Golden Arm" so entertainingly brought to life by Hal Holbrook in his one man show "Mark Twain Tonight."

There is no question of plagiarism, I think. Both tales are inspired by earlier examples of folk tales with "trick endings" that have been around since storytelling became a thing among our earliest ancestors.

But these two, having been given to us by Masters of Storytelling in their own right remain to delight generations of children for all time to come.