“After Dark in the Playing Fields” (1924)

Creators

M. R. James (writer).

Extent

Read in 2017.

Categorization

Comedy horror.

Commentary

The horror is entirely concentrated to a single-paragraph postlude, which is suggestive enough. As for the main body of the work, the funny-animal owl with its coarse working-class dialect of English does at least clarify that James was less afraid of owls than of spiders.

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