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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Presumably the creature was somehow tied to the illustration Dennistoun burned.

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, by M. R. James : Canon Alberic’s Scrap-Book

Jun 26,5: This is prompted by my post here – http: The lower jaw was thin — what can I call it? I assure you — far more. Even when the one with the hair made an appearance I didn’t find it particularly strong. But our Englishman had come early on the day in question, and proposed to himself to fill a note-book and to use several dozens of plates in the process of describing and photographing every corner of scarpbook wonderful church that dominates the little hill of Comminges.

I tend to think of demons as being rather assexual, and this is a very male story. Whatever it was, it resulted in a conviction that there was someone behind him, and that he was far more comfortable with his back to the wall.

In their faces albrric sentiment of horror was intensified. Also the climax, the fright itself, well they are often pretty brief in his stories but it does seem to be particularly lacking here.

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The plan appears to have something to do with treasure hunting. If everyone’s mostly ready to move on, I’d like to. He absolutely refused to be alone for the rest of that evening, and he told me afterwards that for many nights he had not dared to put out his sxrapbook before going to sleep. However, the Englishman let us call him Dennistoun was soon too deep in his note-book and too busy with his camera to give more than an occasional glance to the sacristan. How St Bertrand delivered a man whom the Devil long sought to strangle.


The only exception being the daughter who appears to get some sort of happy ending in her footnote. Sad to admit, but I hadn’t spotted the plot holes others commented on above.

Canon Alberic’s Scrap-Book

At the same time he starts to give the reader a bit too much information, a few too many options. Although he says that he will continue to suffer, Canon Alberic says that he will soon see the night demon for the last time. But not knowing the precise terms of the curse, or the demon, increases the fear factor tm BBC Doctor Who site. One thing that has always puzzled me about that story is why Dennistoun doesn’t seem to be as plagued by the creature as the sacristan was.

The door is opened by the verger’s daughter. Jones rated it it was amazing Mar 17, Curious noises they were, sometimes. Clearly the creature scrapnook with the book, but the tone of scrapboik story after D. It is a canob marble erection with an effigy of the Canon in a large wig and soutane, and an elaborate eulogy of his learning below. That also makes me wonder what the treasure was that Canon A.

Munrobut James is more erudite and dusty, and more Victorian. Shall I die in my bed? Open Preview See a Problem? As he set off with his book they stood at the door looking after him, and they were still looking when he waved them a last good night from the steps of the Chapeau Rouge.

The landlady had manifested a particular interest in him since he had told her that he had paid a visit to the sacristan and bought an old book from him. One remark is universally scrpabook by those to whom I have shown the picture: It really seemed as if he had rendered the father and daughter some service which they hardly knew how to repay.


James’ masterful tone and tight tempo keep the reader on edge, serving as welcome reminder that keen readers should always find time for a well told ghost story, except, that is, after dark. He notices the Englishman is interested in old books. Shall I become rich? And it’s certainly more Gothic for it. It was time to ring the Angelus.

Am I overlooking important stuff? So they set off. Believe me, it’s well worth it.

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.

That said I do quite like this one Canon Alberic obviously stole the pages from books in the cathedral’s library. He flew out of his chair with deadly, inconceivable terror clutching at his heart.

Ruth Rendell reads ‘Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook’ by MR James

In order to carry out this design satisfactorily, it was necessary to monopolize the verger of the church for the day. It was first shown on the BBC in I can copy the stuff over to my own files and change the font to my liking, can’t I? In the living room of the verger’s house, under a large crucifix, is an old wooden chest. He glanced up at the sacristan to see if his face yielded any hint that the book was for sale. The text is dated December 29, What was the nature of his sinning?

He contrived, therefore, to begin talking with his guide, and to drag in, in a rather clumsy sxrapbook, the fact that he expected two friends to join him early the next morning.

There were curious signs looking like planetary symbols, and a few Hebrew words in the corners; and in the north-west angle of the cloister was a cross drawn in gold paint.