M.R. James and My Trip to Eton


I have been away for a while and can only apologise for the disappearing act. I would like to say that I have been on a magical adventure that culminated in something along the lines of the ending to the sixth sense (No spoilers for anybody who has been living under a rock) but that would just be an outright lie. Although my journey lacked a certain Shyamalan twist, it was still somewhat exciting and definitely worth the time in the end. Along with my sister, I found the resting place of one Montague Rhodes James OM FBA – Author, medievalist scholar and provost of King’s College, Cambridge and of Eton College.

Little did I realise at the time, we had found the headstone, seemingly untouched for sixteen years, just 2 days before the 80th anniversary of his death and merely a month after his 154th birthday. After an initial bit of navigating through a mass of monuments to the long since passed and a little bit of tidying around the site, we found the man himself deep within a mass of low hanging branches around the edge of Eton Town Cemetery. It was a sad site to see such a legend of horror lore forgotten for such a prolonged amount of time.

Through his stories, M.R. James managed to influence multiple generations of storytellers; lets all take a moment to read a short story and remember one of the greats.