My personal favorite of James' many ghost tales is "The Mezzotint," which I will let you discover for yourselves.
To celebrate the anniversary of his birth, here are some great links to M.R. James content:
- A chronological list of his ghost stories
- M.R. James works available for free from Project Gutenberg ("Ghost Stories of an Antiquary" is a great starting point.)
- Ghosts & Scholars, a newsletter devoted to M.R. James
- A Thin Ghost includes this good rundown of television and movie adaptations of James' works
- A Podcast to the Curious is an in-depth site devote to M.R. James. A 150th birthday special is currently featured.
- The Spooky Isles (a horror website) post about James' birthday
- On YouTube: BBC Ghost Stories for Christmas with Christopher Lee ("A Warning to the Curious")
- On YouTube: BBC Ghost Stories for Christmas with Christopher Lee ("Number 13")
- James' gravestone at Eton Parish Cemetery in Berkshire, England