The ghost stories of Montague Rhodes James have been unnerving and entertaining readers for over a century and are regarded as amongst the best in the genre. This curation highlights some of James' best stories with artworks related to the subject or location of the tales. Don't read this in the dark!

11 artworks
Montague Rhodes James
© the copyright holder. Image credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

Montague Rhodes James c.1936

Gerald Festus Kelly (1879–1972)

Oil on canvas

H 73.3 x W 61 cm

National Portrait Gallery, London

Simon Magus Offering St Peter Money for the Power of Conferring the Holy Spirit
Image credit: The Fitzwilliam Museum

Simon Magus Offering St Peter Money for the Power of Conferring the Holy Spirit 1470–1475

Liberale da Verona (c.1445–c.1526)

Tempera on panel

H 30.5 x W 56.2 cm

The Fitzwilliam Museum

Study of an Ash Tree in Winter
Image credit: Manchester Art Gallery

Study of an Ash Tree in Winter 1883

James Hey Davies (1844–1930)

Oil on canvas

H 55.2 x W 39.2 cm

Manchester Art Gallery

A Man in a Dark Cloak
Image credit: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

A Man in a Dark Cloak c.1700–1710

Luca Carlevarijs (1663–1730)

Oil on canvas

H 16.7 x W 9.3 cm

Paintings Collection

Felixstowe Ferry, Suffolk
© the copyright holder. Image credit: Felixstowe Museum

Felixstowe Ferry, Suffolk

Horace Ernest Twaits (1895–1962)

Oil on canvas

H 40 x W 50 cm

Felixstowe Museum

Wet Evening at Seaford
Image credit: Rye Art Gallery

Wet Evening at Seaford 1933

Frank Short (1857–1945)

Mezzotint on paper

H 17.8 x W 24.8 cm

Rye Art Gallery

Abbeville Church, Normandy, France
© the copyright holder. Image credit: Museum of Timekeeping

Abbeville Church, Normandy, France 1905

Alexander Formier (attributed to)

Oil on canvas

H 89 x W 70 cm

Museum of Timekeeping

Judge Jeffreys Bullying Richard Baxter
Image credit: Sheffield Museums

Judge Jeffreys Bullying Richard Baxter

Edward Matthew Ward (1816–1879)

Oil on canvas

H 42.2 x W 52.2 cm

Sheffield Museums

Punch and Judy on Swanage Beach, Dorset
© the copyright holder. Image credit: Poole Museum Service

Punch and Judy on Swanage Beach, Dorset 1962

Percival Arthur Wise (1884–1968)

Oil on canvas

H 59.5 x W 89.5 cm

Poole Museum Service

Martello Tower, Aldeburgh, Suffolk
© the artist's estate. Image credit: Bury Art Museum

Martello Tower, Aldeburgh, Suffolk 1994

Geoffrey Scowcroft Fletcher (1923–2004)

Oil on canvas

H 55.5 x W 71 cm

Bury Art Museum

Near Worbarrow Bay, Dorset
© the Leslie Moffat Ward Estate. Image credit: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Near Worbarrow Bay, Dorset 1930

Philip Leslie Moffat Ward (1888–1978)

Oil on canvas

H 69.5 x W 101 cm

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum