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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Canon Alberic’s Scrap-book (a.k.a. The Scrap-book of Canon Alberic) (Full Text)
Dinner was over, and Dennistoun was in his bedroom, shut up alone with his acquisition. The verger is visibly relieved when Dennistoun puts away his notebook and camera and prepares to leave.
How St Bertrand delivered a man whom the Devil long sought to strangle. The left half of the picture was the strangest, however. Anyone who enjoys the boarding school atmosphere of Harry Potter, but is looking for “the real thing” would do well to read James’ work.
He himself, though still shaken and nervous, was almost himself by that time, and his story found credence with them, though not until they had seen the drawing and talked with the sacristan. 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.
The eyes, touched in with a burning yellow, had intensely black pupils, and were fixed upon the throned King with a look of beast-like hate. He was perpetually half glancing behind him; the muscles of his back and shoulders seemed to be hunched in a continual nervous contraction, as if he were expecting every moment to find himself in the clutch of an enemy.
On the doorstep they fell into conversation. Why should you trouble me? It’s a bit like Ringu Ringisn’t it, with the sacristan evidently having to pass on the cursed scrapbook foreshadowing “Casting the Runes”?
The verger and his daughter keep watching as Dennistoun walks away from the house and waves goodbye to them from the steps of his hotel. On his death, the church his body lay in was struck by lightning and his corpse burnt nearly to nothing. So monsieur turned on, meeting new treasures at every rise of a leaf; and at the end of the book he came upon two sheets scrapbolk paper, of much more recent date than anything he had seen yet, which puzzled him considerably.
Gothic Literature members 4, messages About This topic is not marked as primarily scrapboko any work, author or other topic. I wish that landlady would learn to laugh in a more cheering manner; it makes one feel as if there was someone dead in the house.
Dennistoun has already decided that he needs to take the scrapbook back to Cambridge with him. While on vacation in France, Dennistoun is shown around a cathedral by its verger. I rather like the incompleteness because it makes it seem all the more plausible, especially considering the accuracy of the aalberic.
Dennistoun says that is not necessary because his hotel is very close and can be seen from the verger’s house. I was going to ask you if there were a library danon the town. The money was paid, the receipt signed, a glass of wine drunk over the transaction, and then the sacristan seemed to become a new man. Imagine one of the awful bird-catching spiders of South America translated scfapbook human form, scrapbopk endowed with intelligence just less than human, and you will have some faint conception of the terror inspired by the appalling effigy.
Details of this kind are not common in the great work of the Sammarthani. The eyes, touched in with a burning yellow, had intensely black pupils, and were fixed upon the scfapbook King with a look of beast-like hate. Answers of the 12th of December, The door is opened by the verger’s daughter. We are initially led to believe that the church will be the home of the horrors.
Edited to strike-through the ‘the’ – because the Oliver Onions I was so impressed with wasn’t one of our reads – and if it had been the CPG wouldn’t be something different, would it? LibraryThing All topics Hot topics Book discussions.
Am I overlooking important stuff? A nice pub sure, but so much better than the others? About This topic is not marked as primarily about any work, author or other topic. His first, eh – not quite into his stride, yet.
So monsieur turned on, meeting new treasures at every rise of a leaf; and at the end of the book he came upon two sheets of paper, of much more recent date than anything he had seen yet, which puzzled him considerably.
Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, by M. R. James : Canon Alberic’s Scrap-Book
A fifth soldier lay dead on the pavement, his neck distorted, and his eye-balls starting from his head. One remark is universally made by those to whom I have shown the picture: What did he do? No, no such thing in the house. These things are rather beyond us at present. The effect of dread, horror and fear cannot be gained just from the description.
I have read every one of his stories, and I have never been seriously disappointed. All of which contrasts wonderfully with the title of the story.
It is a dark, bony hand.
I like very much how this story moves along. In order to carry out this design satisfactorily, it was necessary to monopolize the verger of the church for the day.
And, now that I think about it, there are some similarities with “An Episode of Cathedral History”, too. Sep 18, Mikki rated it really liked it Shelves: