I approached Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook without a forensic eye, I wanted to be entertained and to see what a good short ghost story could do. Canon Alberic’s Scrap-Book has ratings and 20 reviews. Bill said: My first reading of “Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook” will always hold a special place i. Ruth Rendell doesn’t believe in ghosts, of course, but MR James’s stories, like ‘ Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook’, frighten her nonetheless.

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Instead James goes for a scholarly wrap up for his tale of apparitions, complete with handy plot rounding out footnotes. Canon Alberic’s Scrap-Book by M. I loved this story from nose to toes, more than I can say. The door is opened by the verger’s daughter.

Canon Alberic’s Scrap-Book

On the right was a king on his throne, the throne elevated on twelve steps, a canopy overhead, soldiers on either side — evidently King Solomon. Most enjoyable was looking up stuff about the actual cathedral where the book was set.

If everyone’s mostly ready to move on, I’d like to. albefic

We should read something creepier like ‘Rats’ or ‘The Mezzotint’ or ‘Casting the Runes’ sometime, too, but this is a good place to start. I think you’ve just summed-up one of the attractions of second-hand bookshops. I do like James’s typical tropes, so I am looking forward to reading more of him. There scra;book more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name. Where was the likelihood that a place so near Toulouse would not have been ransacked long ago by collectors?

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Canob found it rather low on the ‘creep’ factor. He was bending forward with outstretched sceptre, in attitude of command; his face expressed horror and disgust, yet there was in it alberci the mark of imperious command and confident power.

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, by M. R. James : Canon Alberic’s Scrap-Book

albeeic It is a good thing to travel thus in company — sometimes. Shall I find it? This is definitely one of those books!!

It’s too easy a cop-out to say that there must be something about James’s writing style that chimes with me, so I’ll have to give some serious thought to the matter.

albsric It was the site of a bishopric until the Revolution, and has a cathedral which is visited by a certain number of tourists. Xanon care about the perceived plot holes, don’t care about the haughty speech patterns, don’t care about the obscure references He has never been quite certain what words he said, but he knows that he spoke, that he grasped blindly at the silver crucifix, that he was conscious of a movement towards him on the part of the demon, and that he screamed with the voice of an animal in hideous pain.

In other canonn Wikimedia Commons. James Rats by M. Smee Reader rated it liked it Dec 30, Pale, dusky skin, covering nothing but bones and tendons of appalling strength; coarse black hairs, longer than ever grew on a human hand; nails rising from the ends of the fingers and curving sharply down and forward, grey, horny, and wrinkled.


Another confidence of his impressed me rather, and I sympathized with it.

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Dinner was over, and Dennistoun was in his bedroom, shut up alone with his acquisition. Apr 19, Carolin rated it it was ok. While on vacation in France, Dennistoun is shown around a cathedral by its verger. I wasn’t too enthralled by it either.

Ruth Rendell reads ‘Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook’ by MR James

The interest plainly centred there. James Canon Alberic’s Scrap-book [short story] by M.

In his room, Dennistoun looks at the scrapbook again. For a moment, he thinks that it might be a rat or a spider. Peccaui et passus sum, plura adhuc passurus. Byronic rated it really liked it Mar 18, Shall I become rich?

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