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SUNDIAL SUPERNATURAL The Alabaster Hand by A.N.L. MUNBY

"The one writer who comes closest to inheriting the mantle of M. R. James."


To 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.

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THE ALABASTER HAND by A N L MUNBY

A collection of fourteen supernatural tales in the tradition of M R James.

Alan Noel 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.

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THE ALABASTER HAND 

A. N. L. MUNBY

With an Introduction
by António Monteiro

Format: Jacketed Hardback

Limited NUMBERED Edition

Book Dimensions: 210 × 148 mm 
 Page Extent: 208

ISBN: 978-1-908274-12-0
Publication: 24 June 2013
Price: £17.50

Or download an order form here to print & post.

Currently available and in stock
Herodes Redivivus
The Inscription
The Alabaster Hand
The Topley Place Sale
The Tudor Chimney
A Christmas Game
The White Sack
The Four-Poster
The Negro's Head
The Tregannet Book Of Hours
An Encounter In The Mist
The Lectern
Number Seventy-Nine
The Devil's Autograph

"Centuries-old houses, ancient leather volumes, illuminated manuscripts and long-revered traditions - these are the stuff of which the most fearsome tales can be woven. The stories in this book challenge comparisons with those of that master of the uncanny tale, the author of Ghost Stories Of An Antiquary, to whom they are dedicated".

A. N. L. MUNBY centenary conference at King’s College, Cambridge, on 28-29 June 2013
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A centenary conference 'Floreat 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 of Captain Tim Downing, will read an abridged version of The Tregannet Book Of Hours at the conference dinner in Hall.

N.B. 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. 

For further information please visit the regularly updated conference website here (the link will open in a new window or tab). 

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On the website of King’s College, Cambridge: Librarian's ghost stories re-issued l
I’m 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!
The first 100 copies are individually hand-numbered.
Orders dispatched by First Class Post within the UK and by Airmail to destinations outside the UK.

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].


THE STORIES:

'Herodes Redivivus' — This story is horrifying but perhaps not potently supernatural, except for a prescient dream that haunts 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 is tearing down a ruined temple on a island belonging to his manor. The temple had been built by a wicked, reclusive ancestor. Soon the friend is being haunted by something he can only glimpse after dark.

'The Alabaster Hand' — A vicar presented to the living of Brandon St Giles, begins to wonder why no one is allowed to sit in a particular stall that is hard up against the tomb of a previous vicar.

'The Topley Place Sale' — The heir of Topley Place tries to sell off the furnishings of his new manor, including the relics of Admiral Topley, who fought in the Napoleonic Wars. However, the old Admiral had expressly stated that his relics should be preserved in his house.

'The Tudor Chimney' — A man remodelling his newly-purchased manor finds a lovely Tudor fireplace that had been bricked up and concealed behind a wall. Naturally, he decides to restore it, and is soon being haunted by a terrible smell.

'A Christmas Game' — My friends and I used to play this game at Halloween. We 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 realistic.

'The White Sack' — A hiker in the mountains of Skye is making his way back to his lodgings when a mist delays his progress. Soon he is being stalked by something that resembles a white sack.

'The Four-Poster' — An archaeologist dies of a heart attack in an old four poster where he had been suffering from terrible nightmares of the adjoining graveyard.

'The Negro's Head' — The black servant of a bookbinder is accused of being a jinx, and is murdered rather horribly by the bookbinder's apprentices. His body is thrown into the Thames, where one of the apprentices later dies by drowning. The supernatural is not very obvious in this story, except perhaps, for the death of the apprentice.

'The Tregannet Book of Hours' — A man buys a medieval Book of Hours and is chagrined when his friend points out that the miniature illustrating the Burial Service is a modern forgery. Why was the original illustration of the Burial Service destroyed?

'An Encounter in the Mist' — Yet another hiker is lost in the mist, this time in Wales. He encounters a cheerful old man who gives him a detailed map of the area. There is only one small problem with the map.

'The Lecturn' — A soldier steals a lectern from an Irish village church and has it sent home to his father's manor. It is placed in the family chapel, where 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 he covets. But why?

'The Devil's Autograph' — A thirteen-year-old orphan goes to live with his uncle, an elderly, reclusive invalid who was a church canon. His clergyman-uncle is subject to intense fits of depression whenever the subject of Satan is brought up.

 


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You might also like: A PAD IN THE STRAW by CHRISTOPHER WOODFORDE

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“We soon 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 2014:
Future Supernatural titles (all with new introductions) due in 2013:
sundial supernaturalGHOST GLEAMS by W. J. WINTLE

THE NIGHT WIND HOWLS by FREDERICK COWLES

THE COMING OF THE FRIARS by AUGUSTUS JESSOP

THE ROOM OPPOSITE by FLORA MAYOR

MIST and Other Ghost Stories by Richmal Crompton

FROM ANOTHER WORLD and Other Ghost Stories by ROSEMARY TIMPERLEY



GHOSTLY LINKS (will open in a new window or tab)
 
GHOSTS & SCHOLARS The M.R. James Newsletter
A goldmine of information about M.R. James, his life, times, tales and related matters.
 
A GHOSTLY COMPANY
A 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 magazine The Silent Companion.
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