“Lost Hearts,” one of M.R. James’s early stories, is a more conventional type of ghost story, in which the dead seek revenge against a wrong done against them. But the ghosts are not the horror here. And, for once, the scholarly gentleman is no mere witness nor a victim, but the villain of the piece.
It’s on the Gaslight site at http://gaslight.mtroyal.ab.ca/jamesX03.htm.
The BBC version filmed for Ghost Stories on Christmas Eve in 1973 begins on a very Dickensian note. We are in the early 1800s–James’s story was set in 1811, but this looks more like the 1830s or …read more