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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TellyFoogel rated it really liked it Nov 29, I have sinned and suffered, and have more to suffer yet. He heaved a sigh of relief when camera and note-book were finally packed up and stowed away, and hurriedly beckoned Dennistoun to the western door of the church, under the tower. What was the nature of his sinning?

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Canon Alberic’s Scrap-Book

Poorly drawn religious pictures, which depict acts of great torture are all over churches, and have certainly made me feel uncomfortable in the past. Below the plan were some lines of writing in Latin, which ran thus:.

James takes typical delight in describing the antiquated image of the demon in the throne room, but otherwise I though this was pretty average. There may have been a hundred and fifty leaves of paper in the book, and on almost every zcrapbook of them was fastened a leaf from an illuminated manuscript.


Return to Book Page. The left half of the picture was the strangest, however.

With that a profound quiet seemed to fall for the first time that day upon the little town, and Dennistoun and the sacristan went out of the church. Dennistoun sees the creature rise up from behind him.

Dec 26, Alexandra rated it liked it. On the pavement before the throne were grouped four soldiers, surrounding a crouching figure which must be described in a moment.

But the story doesn’t scralbook to satisfactorily tie it all together – to me, at any rate.

A very Victorian ghost story that resonates today as well. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. In the borders of the picture are a cross, planetary symbols and Hebrew words.

The last image in the scrapbook is a frighteningly detailed picture of a demon. The last word appeared to be added as an afterthought and to bring with it a relapse into gloom for the poor little man.

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, by M. R. James

Scarpbook recollect once showing the photograph of the drawing to a lecturer on morphology — a person of, I was going to say, abnormally sane and unimaginative habits of mind. I suppose his closest comparison with be Saki H. Gothic Literature members 4, messages. Another confidence of his impressed me rather, and I sympathized with it.

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

Mail Required Your email address will not be published. What did he do? On the doorstep they fell into conversation. The left half of the picture was the strangest, however. Did I say ‘torn’? It was time to ring the Angelus. One remark is universally made by those to whom I have shown the picture: Peccaui et passus sum, plura adhuc passurus.


The verger is visibly relieved when Dennistoun puts away his notebook and camera and prepares to leave. It was not in the personal appearance of the little, dry, wizened old man that the albreic lay, for he was precisely like dozens of other church-guardians in France, but in a curious furtive or rather hunted and oppressed air which he had.

Dennistoun asks if the scrapbook is for sale. Later that evening, Dennistoun finds out why the verger is happy to part sdrapbook the book. James Works originally published in National Review London. These are caanon close to genuinely frightening as short fiction ever gets. Canon Alberic’s Scrap-book a.

Is he trying to rid himself of a curse by passing on the book? There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.