Publication Date: Out Now!!!
Formats: Hardback & Ebook
Price: Hb £9.99/ Ebook £2.59
Publisher: Head Of Zeus
I would like to say a huge thank you to Head Of Zeus for inviting me on this chillingly and haunting book’s tour. I would also like to say thank you for gifting a gorgeous copy of the book too for me to review. Thank you also goes to Dan Jones for retelling this remarkable 300 year old ghost story for the modern age. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out more.
One winter, in the dark days of King Richard II, a tailor was riding home on the road from Gilling to Ampleforth. It was dank, wet and gloomy;he couldn’t wait to get home and sit in front of a blazing fire.
Then, out of nowhere, the tailor is knocked off his horse by a raven, who then transforms into a hideous dog, his mouth writhing with its own innards. The dog issues the tailor with a warning: he must go to a priest and ask for absolution and return to the road, or else there will be consequences……
First recorded in the early fifteenth century by an unknown monk, The Tale of The Tailor and The Three Dead Kings was transcribed from the Latin by the great medievalist M.R.James in 1922. Building on that tradition, now bestselling historian Dan Jones retells this medieval ghost story in crisp and creepy prose.
As soon as this turned up I had to read this wonderful, atmospheric and creepy story. Encased inside a lovely cover, this ghost story has survived so much in its long life, was also transcribed by the master story teller himself M. R. James and then well faded out of the public consciousness, until Dan Jones found it again and decided we need more tales to spook us out.
I will admit I wasn’t sure if it would hold the test of time, would the transcribing lose some of its medieval connotations and meaning, or would it also just turn out to be a bit silly or funny now in the modern age whereas then it would have been quite scary. I would like to inform you that I was completely and happily wrong… This tale is so masterful, so hauntingly and creepily crafted that it was a pleasure and a thrill to read. I loved the atmosphere and descriptions of the apparitions which the tailor perceives in his quest to get absolution for the spirit behind the whole haunting.
I would definitely say that it holds the test of time, and nothing has been lost in the retelling. I am just so happy that a monk in the early fifteenth century took down this story one of a few I think, and there it was left till the master of creepy and ghost stories found quite by accident a note saying that there were some tales bound within this parchment. Such a wonderful image comes into your head, that you could almost assume that something must have pointed it out, but of course M.R James wasn’t just a storyteller but a researcher in all things quaint, antique and strange and unusual.
I loved this gorgeous little creepy gem of a book, and I know that this will be a perfect gift either for Halloween, or for a chilling Christmas gift.
Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰 with maybe a few 🍪s too. Just a warning it’s a small book but even so you will find yourself hooked and mesmerised that you will find your hot beverage cooling and crumbs when you submerge from the story.
Dan Jones is a historian, broadcaster and award-winning journalist. His books, including The Templars, Crusaders and, with Maria Amaral, The Colour of Time and The World Aflame, have sold more than one million copies worldwide. He has written and hosted dozens of tv shows including the acclaimed Netflix/Channel 5 series, Secrets of Great British Castles. His writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines including The London Evening Standard, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Wall Street Journal, GQ and The Spectator.
I hope you have enjoyed this spooky, chilling and creepy old ghost story from the mists of time, this is one ghost story you don’t want to miss out on. If you are interested enough to want your own copy you can get hold of this from Waterstones, any independent and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!