Our third story involves a haunted picture that tells a macabre story. The picture is a mezzotint, which is a particular kind of metal engraving technique most used in the 19th century. Here is a mezzotint of Shakespeare for you to study.
"The Mezzotint" is one that has stuck in my head. Hardly anything happens, and yet it's quite spooky! What do you think of this one?
A little biographical information for you: M. R. James was born in 1862 in Kent. His family was quite religious and MRJ's father hoped that he would go into the Church as a career. Instead, the young James became very interested in Biblical archaeology and ancient history in general. He also enjoyed research into legends and stories of the supernatural. All this was part of James' early interests as he attended prep school and Eton before moving on to Cambridge University.