"I suppose I shall have to translate this," said the antiquary to himself, as he finished copying the above lines from that rather rare and exceedingly diffuse book, the Sertum Steinfeldense Norbertinum."Well, it may as well be done first as last," and accordingly the following rendering was very quickly produced …- “The Treasure of Abbott Thomas” by Dr M.R.James
Nothing beats a good ghost story at this time of the year … and nothing beats a ghost story from Dr M.R.James.
Nothing matches the dark, cold days and darker, colder nights than some dark, expressive ambient music … and nothing matches the dark, expressive accompaniment that Kevin Lyons has crafted for the ghost stories of Dr M.R.James.
Curious Warnings Vol II (waag_rel060) is the second in Lyons’ trilogy of music inspired by these ghost stories. It is another treat ... it too captures the deliciously uncomfortable nature of James' writing ... and translates the unsettling atmospheres into sound.
I really hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
An MP3 version of this album is available for free on Archive or a lossless version available on Bandcamp for 'pay what you want' which does include £0 (albeit paying supporters also get unlimited mobile access using the free Bandcamp listening app).
PS Amazon has Dr M. R. James' "Ghost Stories of an Antiquary" (parts 1 and 2) for the Kindle for free. Recommended reading ... especially on Christmas Eve.