|SUNDIAL SUPERNATURAL The Alabaster Hand by A.N.L. MUNBY
"The one writer who comes closest to
inheriting the mantle of M. R. James."
commemorate A.N.L. Munby's centenary we announce a new edition of the author's sole collection of ghost stories THE ALABASTER
HAND in a limited hardback edition with a new introduction.
ALABASTER HAND by A
N L MUNBY
A collection of fourteen supernatural tales in
the tradition of M R James.
Latimer Munby (1913 - 1974). known as 'Tim' to his friends, was a
fellow of King's College,
Cambridge, and wrote these supernatural tales, many of which centre on
antiquarian books and manuscripts, sixty-four years ago while a
prisoner of war in Germany during World
War Two. Munby is described by Michael Ashley in the Who's Who
in Horror and Fantasy Fiction as "The
one writer who
comes closest to inheriting the mantle of M. R. James."
THE ALABASTER HAND is now recognised as a genuine
cornerstone of supernatural literature.
N. L. MUNBY
by António Monteiro
Dimensions: 210 × 148 mm
Publication: 24 June 2013
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The Alabaster Hand
The Topley Place Sale
The Tudor Chimney
A Christmas Game
The White Sack
The Negro's Head
The Tregannet Book Of Hours
An Encounter In The Mist
The Devil's Autograph
ancient leather volumes, illuminated manuscripts and long-revered
these are the stuff of which the most fearsome tales can be woven. The
in this book challenge comparisons with those of that master of the
tale, the author of Ghost Stories Of An Antiquary,
to whom they are
|A. N. L. MUNBY centenary conference at King’s College, Cambridge, on
28-29 June 2013
Bibliomania’ commemorating A. N. L. MUNBY’s life and
work will take place at King’s College, Cambridge, on 28-29 June 2013.
Actor Richard Heffer, formerly a star of
the BBC's Colditz series in which he played the part
Tim Downing, will read an abridged version of The Tregannet Book Of Hours at the
conference dinner in Hall.
Should you wish to attend the section of the conference featuring the
reading you are free to book only for the dinner, which will be held
beneath a portrait of M.R. James.
further information please visit the regularly
updated conference website here
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A. N. L. Munby, I am . . .
An article on the upcoming Munby
Conference in Cambridge on the TLS blog here.
Here you can read Books
that go bump in the night by Michael Caines on the TLS blog.
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NEWS: 24 June THE ALABASTER HAND published!
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23 August “… the new edition from the
Sundial Press, published for the author's centenary, is a delight.”
THE ALABASTER HAND is reviewed in the current issue of the
GHOSTS & SCHOLARS Newsletter (No.24) by Roger Johnson, author of In The
Night, In The Dark.
27 September THE ALABASTER HAND by A N L
MUNBY is reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement by Peter Bebergal
15 November An
article on MUNBY in the TLS by Michael Caines [author of the
recently OUP published Shakespeare and the Eighteenth Century].
Redivivus' — This story is horrifying but
perhaps not potently supernatural, except for a prescient dream
the schoolboy-narrator. A sadistic, paedophilic bookseller lures the
schoolboy-narrator into his cellar.
'The Inscription' — A scholar spends the weekend with his friend, who
down a ruined temple on a island belonging to his manor. The temple had
built by a wicked, reclusive ancestor. Soon the friend is being haunted
something he can only glimpse after dark.
'The Alabaster Hand' — A vicar presented to the living of Brandon St
begins to wonder why no one is allowed to sit in a particular stall
hard up against the tomb of a previous vicar.
'The Topley Place Sale' — The heir of Topley Place tries to sell off
furnishings of his new manor, including the relics of Admiral Topley,
fought in the Napoleonic Wars. However, the old Admiral had expressly
that his relics should be preserved in his house.
'The Tudor Chimney' — A man remodelling his newly-purchased manor finds
lovely Tudor fireplace that had been bricked up and concealed behind a
Naturally, he decides to restore it, and is soon being haunted by a
'A Christmas Game' — My friends and I used to play this game at
sat in a circle in the dark and passed around objects purported to be
intestines, eyeballs, etc. In this story, the game becomes a bit more
'The White Sack' — A hiker in the mountains of Skye is making his way
his lodgings when a mist delays his progress. Soon he is being stalked
something that resembles a white sack.
'The Four-Poster' — An archaeologist dies of a heart attack in an old
poster where he had been suffering from terrible nightmares of the
'The Negro's Head' — The black servant of a bookbinder is accused of
jinx, and is murdered rather horribly by the bookbinder's apprentices.
is thrown into the Thames, where one of the apprentices later dies by
The supernatural is not very obvious in this story, except perhaps, for
death of the apprentice.
'The Tregannet Book of Hours' — A man buys a medieval Book of Hours and
chagrined when his friend points out that the miniature illustrating
Service is a modern forgery. Why was the original illustration of the
'An Encounter in the Mist' — Yet another hiker is lost in the mist,
in Wales. He encounters a cheerful old man who gives him a detailed map
area. There is only one small problem with the map.
'The Lecturn' — A soldier steals a lectern from an Irish village church
it sent home to his father's manor. It is placed in the family chapel,
the returning soldier soon dies a horrible death.
'Number Seventy-nine' — A collector wishes to purchase an item listed
as #79 in
a book catalogue, but discovers that the bookseller has burned the item
covets. But why?
'The Devil's Autograph' — A thirteen-year-old orphan goes to live with
uncle, an elderly, reclusive invalid who was a church canon. His
clergyman-uncle is subject to intense fits of depression whenever the
of Satan is brought up.
On the website
College, Cambridge: Librarian's
ghost stories re-issued
|You might also like: A PAD
IN THE STRAW by CHRISTOPHER WOODFORDE
discovered that Dr Woodforde had a natural flair for storytelling, especially
weird and mysterious ones involving the supernatural, subtly different to the
typical ghost story. So frightening were some of these stories that they found
us burrowing even deeper into our beds. Before we left the school we implored
him to write down the tales."
Twenty tales with a distinctly
antiquarian, Jamesian character!
Future supernatural titles (all
with new introductions)
due in 2018:
Supernatural titles (all
with new introductions) due in 2013:
GLEAMS by W. J. WINTLE
NIGHT WIND HOWLS by FREDERICK COWLES
THE COMING OF THE FRIARS by AUGUSTUS JESSOP
THE ROOM OPPOSITE by FLORA MAYOR
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The M.R. James Newsletter
goldmine of information about M.R. James, his life, times, tales and
small, England-based, society devoted to
fictional ghost stories, which holds get-togethers — 'Black
Pilgrimages' — in
various parts of the country, and publishes newsletters and an annual