Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936), who used the publication name M.R. James, was an English author, medieval scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905–1918), and of Eton College (1918–1936).
He is best remembered for his ghost stories, which are regarded as among the best in the genre. James redefined the ghost story for the new century by abandoning many of the formal Gothic clichés of his predecessors and using more realistic contemporary settings. However, James's protagonists and plots tend to reflect his own antiquarian interests. Accordingly, he is known as the originator of the "antiquarian ghost story".
Hitchcock Fiction Anthologies
- "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad" in Alfred Hitchcock's Fear and Trembling (1948)
- "Casting the Runes" novelette in Stories They Wouldn't Let Me Do on TV (1957)
- "The Ash Tree" in Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories for Late at Night (1961)
- "The Mezzotint" in Alfred Hitchcock's Your Share of Fear (1982)