"St Bertrand de Comminges is a decayed town on the spurs of the Pyrenees, not very far from Toulouse, and still nearer to Bagnères-de-Luchon."
And so begins "Canon Alberic's Scrapbook" from Dr M. R. James' "Ghost Stories of an Antiquary" ... or at least my Penguin Books copy from May 1941 does.
I received this copy from Cousin Silas when I stayed at his house at the end of August. This was the weekend that I met Ade Hodges and Kevin Lyons, the weekend where Lyons explained his plans for a trilogy of dark ambient albums inspired by Dr M. R. James' writing.
To this point, I wasn't familiar with James' writing but was eager to know more. I am a big fan of 'weird fiction' and early 20th century sci-fi / horror ... Dr M. R. James' writing fit nicely into this list.
When Lyons told me of his intended trilogy, I was fascinated and wanted to know more - more about the music and the writer. I was not disappointed by either.
Curious Warnings (waag_rel036) is a real treat ... one that captures the deliciously uncomfortable nature of James' writing ... and translates the unsettling atmospheres into sound.
I do love some dark ambient and this album is a fine example of the genre. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
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.
A 320kbps version of this release is available over on Archive (archive.org/details/we-are-all-ghosts
) for free. If you decide to download this album here for free, and you can with our best wishes, then all we ask is that you please tell people about it.
released December 2, 2013
Music by Kevin Lyons ... inspired by the ghost stories of Dr M. R. James
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