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Gail-Nina Anderson

Gail-Nina Anderson is a cultural historian, lecturer and journalist based in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. As well as ghost stories, she has written and lectured on M. R. James, E. F. Benson, William Burroughs and assorted Fortean and folklore topics.


Peter Bell

Peter Bell has contributed frequently to Ghosts and Scholars, regarding M.R. James and related topics. He is the author of four short story collections dealing with supernatural, mystical and macabre themes: Strange Epiphanies (Swan River Press), A Certain Slant of Light, Phantasms (Sarob Press). His most recent, also published by Sarob, is Revenants and Maledictions. His articles and stories have also appeared in Wormwood, Faunus, Supernatural Tales, The Silent Companion and the presses of Side Real, Ex-Occidente, Ash-Tree, Gray Friar, Hippocampus, Scarecrow and Perdita.  One of his stories features in the latest Best New Horror by Stephen Jones.


Paul M Chapman

Paul M Chapman has a long-standing interest in the life and works of M.R. James, and has written on the subject for a number of publications, including Ghosts & Scholars. He has also written widely on Victorian and Edwardian genre fiction, especially the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Bram Stoker.

Helen Grant

Helen Grant writes Gothic novels and ghost stories. A lifelong fan of M. R. James, she has frequently contributed to the Ghosts & Scholars and has a particular interest in M. R. James’ foreign story locations.


Terry Hale

Dr Terry Hale recently retired from the University of Hull where he taught French Literature and Literary Translation. In addition to scholarly works on translation history, the Gothic, and Victorian Sensation Fiction, he has translated over a dozen novels into English, notably, J.-K. Huysmans’s Là-bas (The Damned) for Penguin. He has also edited a number of anthologies, including The Dedalus Book of French Horror and The Surrealist Muse.

Darryl Jones

Darryl Jones is Professor of English and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Trinity College Dublin.  He is author or editor of twelve books, including the Oxford University Press edition of the Collected Ghosts Stories of M. R. James.  His latest book, Sleeping With the Lights On: The Unsettling Story of Horror, will be published by OUP in 2018.

John Reppion

John Reppion is a writer based in Liverpool, UK. Together with his wife, Leah Moore, he has adapted M. R. James’ Ghost Stories of an Antiquary into two volumes of comics for Self Made Hero Publishing.


Mark Valentine

Mark Valentine is the author of studies of Arthur Machen and Sarban and has contributed stories, essays and notes to The M R James Ghosts & Scholars Newsletter. His fiction is available in Selected Stories (The Swan River Press, Dublin) and The Uncertainty of All Earthly Things (Zagava Books, Düsseldorf).


Robert Lloyd Parry

Robert Lloyd Parry is a writer and actor who specializes in literary storytelling – one man shows based on classic texts. He regularly performs works by H. G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, Saki and M. R. James. For more details, see www.nunkie.co.uk.

Patrick Smith

Whitby born Pat Smith, Writer, Actor and teller of York Ghost Stories. Over the past twenty years Pat has provided full blooded and interactive interpretations of every larger than life figure in history ranging from Henry the Eighth to Winston Churchill. But his metier has always been bringing the ghosts of Christmas past and spirits of the long dead to lustrous and rubescent life.


Charles Kightly

Dr.Charles Kightly is one of the churchwardens of St.Denys, York. A writer, editor and recreator of historic interiors, he has a doctorate in late mediaeval history. He has long been a devotee of M R James, for his historical writings as well as his ghost stories.

Robert Richards

Biography to follow.

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