Grim Classics #5; Artwork by Jakob Grim.

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Lost Hearts

It was, as far as I can ascertain, in September of the year 1811 that a post-chaise drew up before the door of Aswarby Hall, in the Heart of Lincolnshire. The little boy who jumped out as soon as it had stopped, looked about him with the keenest curiosity during the short interval that elapsed between the ringing of the bell and the opening of the hall door. He saw a tall, square, red-brick house, built in the reign of Anne; a stone-pillared porch had been added in the purest classical style of 1790; the windows of the house were many, tall and narrow, with small panes and thick white woodwork. A pediment, pierced with a round window, crowned the front. There were wings to right and left, connected by curious glazed galleries, supported by colonnades, with the central block. These wings plainly contained the stables and offices of the house. Each was surmounted by an ornamental cupola with a gilded vane. [...]


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M.R. James
M.R. James
M.R. James was a British author and medieval scholar, best known for his ghost stories. Born in 1862, he studied at Eton and King's College, Cambridge, where he later became a Fellow and Provost. In addition to his academic work, James began writing ghost stories in the late 19th century, and published several collections throughout his career, including Ghost Stories of an Antiquary and More Ghost Stories. His tales are known for their subtle psychological horror and use of antiquarian settings and objects. James passed away in 1936, but his legacy lives on through his enduringly popular ghost stories.