Parkins, the protagonist, a skeptical Cambridge professor, is on holiday in the town of "Burnstow" a fictionalized version of Felixstowe , Suffolk , on the southeast coast of England. While investigating a Templar ruin for a colleague, he finds a whistle with two Latin inscriptions. On one side it says "Quis est iste, qui venit?
The first inscription is Biblical;  Parkins translates it as "Who is it that comes". Visually rearranged as "Fur, flabis, flebis" the second inscription means roughly "thief, blow, weep". Back at his hotel the following night, he dreams of a man fleeing towards him in a state of extreme fear and exhaustion before collapsing right in front of him. In the distance, the pursuer appears, moving in a strange fashion and with incredible speed. The next day he encounters a boy who was terrified by a white figure which had appeared at the window of Parkins' hotel room. Upon returning to his room, he notices that the room's second, unused bed is in disorder.
Later, while alone in his hotel room, he sees someone get up from the adjacent and empty bed. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. James was a prolific and hugely successful author, now credited with having redefined the ghost story for the 20th century by abandoning many of the formal Gothic cliches of his predecessors and using more realistic contemporary settings.
Originally published in , 'Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to you, My Lad' ranks amongst his best and most underrated tales. Many o M. Many of the earliest ghost stories and tales of hauntings, particularly those dating back to the s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork. Get A Copy. Published April 16th by Fantasy and Horror Classics first published More Details Original Title.
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I remember waking up during those most uncertain hours between midnight and 2AM, and I saw a man, rather large, striding across the room towards me. I was caught in that crucial, but nebulous moment of fight or flight, which left me paralyzed. My mouth dropped open to scream, but nothing came out except a squeak, which was far from the roar that my brain had sent scurrying down my nervous system to deploy. Lightning flashed, and it was only then that I noticed it was a shirt swaying on a hanger on the back of my bedroom door. I was living in Tucson at the time and frequently left windows open at night to take advantage of the cool breezes that would come off the desert.
It was the beginning of monsoon season, and a storm had come in with a stiffer breeze than normal that gave the shirt life. Despite alerting all the various parts of my body that we were not in mortal danger anymore, it took several long seconds for my muscles to let go. When I could move, I shut the window and hung that shirt in the closet, where it damn well belonged.
The lingering embarrassment of being so fooled kept me company for a few days.
Professor Parkins of St. He is a serious man of biology, and though he is leaving for a short break on the coast at Burnstow to sharpen up his golf game, he has also brought along a pile of books to continue his studies in the evenings, hopefully uninterrupted.
Then, one of the other professors jests that he would come along and stay with him for a couple of days later in the week. Professor Disney asks him if he could step off the size of a potential dig site of the Templar ruins of interest to the department near the Globe Inn where he will be staying. Parkins begrudgingly agrees to help. He does take some time to go scout this Templar ruin, mainly because he had a bad day of golf and needed to clear his head.
In the course of his wandering about the site, he finds a bronze whistle. He takes it back to his room and cleans all the caked mud out of the stem. There are Latin inscriptions on the side. The second inscription meaning eludes him. Of course, once a man cleans out a whistle he has It had a quality of infinite distance in it, and, soft as it was, he somehow felt it must be audible for miles round. It was a sound, too, that seemed to have the power which many scents possess of forming pictures in the brain.
This is my first M. James and certainly will not be my last. This is a gothic, atmospheric piece, so the plot is moving at a slow burn pace, but as Parkins starts to access and process the odd things that are happening around him, he begins to understand that the real world might extend into realms he is unwilling to believe in. I was fooled by movement in uncertain light, but Parkins is in for something rather more alarming. View all 15 comments.
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I am deficient as a human being, somehow, as James's "creepiness" whizzes past me and leaves no trace on my creeper. The story is, as a story, delightful and James is, as a writer, mannered yet quite readable. The adaptation is delightful but again leaves me utterly uncreeped. It is a moral failing on my part, I'm sure, and the legions of James fans are superior souls who see something invisible to my grosser senses.
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That does not keep me from recommending both story and film to you in the heartfelt certainty that you are very likely to enjoy them. I certainly did. Most especially relatable was the moment when the insufferable bore Professor Parkin is unpacking his suitcase and out comes a stack of books before anything else. That charmed me to the bone. Short and creepy classic with rare instance of the narration crossing the boundary to speak with the reader.
I may sweat through my bedsheets tonight! Fun stuff. View all 4 comments. This was classic M.
The earliest of these tales include Canon Alberic's Scrap-book and Lost Hearts, both of which were later collected in his first anthology of supernatural fiction, Ghost Stories of an Antiquary He died on June 12, James, was an English author, medievalist scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge — , and of Eton College — He is best remembered for his ghost stories, which are regarded as among the best in the genre.
However, James's protagonists and plots tend to reflect his own antiquarian interests. Accordingly, he is known as the originator of the "antiquarian ghost story". From the age of three until his home, if not always his residence, was at the Rectory in Great Livermere, Suffolk. This had also been the childhood home of another eminent Suffolk antiquary, "Honest Tom" Martin — "of Palgrave.
He lived for many years, first as an undergraduate, then as a don and provost, at King's College, Cambridge, where he was also a member of the Pitt Club. The university provides settings for several of his tales.