The Mezzotint by M.R. James

The Mezzotint is a ghost story by M.R. James, another author whose work is in the Public Domain, so I read it for free on my Kindle. It’s part of a collection of short stories, so plenty more to read there too!

Or listen to it for free here with theme music by The Eldritch Light Orchestra or here.

The classic “Jamesian” ghost story includes the following elements:

  1. a characterful setting in an English village, seaside town or country estate; an ancient town in France, Denmark or Sweden; or a venerable abbey or university
  2. a nondescript and rather naive gentleman-scholar as protagonist (often of a reserved nature)
  3. the discovery of an old book or other antiquarian object that somehow unlocks, calls down the wrath, or at least attracts the unwelcome attention of a supernatural menace, usually from beyond the graveGhost

The Mezzotint offers a charming view of life at Uxbridge College in older times, as well as being a great, classic ghost story. I really enjoyed it and recommend giving it a read (or a listen).

10 Short Stories challenge – day 8

Today I read Blood + Brains by Jeffrey BurandtBlood + Brains is a short comic, a flash fiction comic I suppose. I don’t usually read comics or graphic novels – I appreciate them and I love to flick through them, but my mind wanders and I find it hard to focus on what’s going on. So, the discovery of this flash fiction comic was exciting! It’s beautifully drawn and the story is fun and silly.

I read Blood + Brains over on Jefwrites.com. Go and have a read and come back to tell me what you think in the comments!

From Jeffrey Burandt's Blood + Brains
From Jeffrey Burandt’s Blood + Brains

Burandt has a fairly new book on Amazon, Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad.

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