Count Magnus

A ghostly tale by M.R. James

M.R. James
Paul Ford
Chris Mitchell


“Count Magnus” is the sixth story in the first collection of ghost stories published by M. R. James, Ghost Stories of an Antiquary.

In this ghost story, a traveller in Sweden stumbles upon the history of a mysterious and ominous figure, Count Magnus.

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“I try to create sympathy for my characters and then turn the monsters loose.”


“Two ingredients most valuable in the concocting of a ghost story are the atmosphere and the nicely managed crescendo.… Let us, then, be introduced to the actors in a placid way; let us see them going about their ordinary business, undisturbed by forebodings, pleased with their surroundings; and into this calm environment let the ominous thing put out its head, unobtrusively at first, and then more insistently, until it holds the stage.”

M.R. James

“From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent.”

H.P. Lovecraft