The English scholar M.R. James (1862-1936) used to write ghost stories for Christmas Eve, when he’d read them by candlelight to his students at Cambridge. Tales such as “Count Magnus” and “Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad” are masterpieces of the form. . . .Note the mention of the podcast, in which Miller interviewed Nelson for about ten minutes. The interview is part of the Bookmonger podcasts at The National Review.
I mention this largely for the sake of presenting Lady Stanhope’s Manuscript and Other Stories, by Dale Nelson, a retired professor of English. His appreciation of the old-fashioned ghost story and his own Christian faith combine on these pages to deliver my favorite new book of 2018. (We podcasted here.) In the future, stories such as “Rusalka” and the title piece may find their way into anthologies of the best ghostly literature, alongside the work of Le Fanu and James, plus Robert Aickman, Russell Kirk, and just a few others.
Congrats to Dale Nelson on making this Best of 2018 list!
Lady Stanhope's Manuscript and Other Stories, by Dale Nelson.
Hardcover edition ($35.00) limited to fifty copies, sold only directly via Lulu, at this link.
Trade paperback edition ($16.00) sold via Amazon (and European affiliates) ISBN 978-0615677347. Amazon.com at this link.
Trade paperback edition ($16.00) sold via Lulu, at this link.