“I have given M.R. James the title of genius, an accolade which should not be lightly bestowed.”
Ruth Rendall

“A writer of great supernatural imagination, a master of style and purity… I believe that it is unlikely his ghost stories will ever be surpassed.”
Christopher Lee


Considered by many to be the foremost author of the traditional Ghost Story, M. R. James was a distinguished scholar who spent his entire adult life in the academic atmospheres of Eton and Cambridge.

His classic supernatural tales draw on the trepidations of the everyday, in which documents and objects unleash ghastly forces, often in enclosed confinements and night-time settings where the imagination runs riot. From isolated country houses to remote inns, ancient churches and vast libraries… These locations deliver intolerable menace from malevolent spirits seeking vengeance and harm.

80 years on, these stories have lost none of their power to unnerve and disturb.

This new volume includes four tales which have been adapted for audio, expertly narrated by actor David Troughton.




Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936) became one of Britain’s foremost medieval scholars studying and teaching a King’s College, Cambridge. However, it is not his scholarly works or achievements that he is best known for today.

His first collection, Ghost Stories of an Antiquary was published in 1904. A further three volumes followed More Ghost Stories (1911), A Thin Ghost and Other (1919) and A Warning to the Curious and Other Ghost Stories (1925). Following an English tradition, many of the thirty tales were written as Christmas Eve entertainments, and were read aloud to friends and colleagues.

Since his death, his stories have been read by millions across the globe, and have spawned numerous television, film, stage and radio adaptions.


An established Stage and Television actor, David Troughton’s credits include Father Brown, The Café, Outnumbered, New Tricks, Midsomer Murders, Heartbeat, Fingersmith, Born and Bred, Casualty 1907, All The King’s Men, Trevor’s World Of Sport, Drop The Dead Donkey, Kavanagh QC, Cider With Rose, Ted And Alice, Paradise Heights, Chips With Everything, Crime And Punishment and The Last Detective.  David’s association with Doctor Who is vast and varied; he is probably best remembered as King Peladon in the third Doctor adventure The Curse of Peladon and as Professor Winfold Hobbes in Midnight alongside David Tennant. He has also appeared in two other television serials The War Games andThe Enemy of the World, as well as voicing a huge variety of audio books and plays.




About The Title

“The Tractate Middoth and Other Tales” is a Fantom Publishing production. You can purchase the Audio CD direct from Fantom Publishing by CLICKING HERE.




Our audiobooks download as zipped files (due to their size and for your convenience). Once unzipped you will find all of the mp3 files for your audiobook named, and in correct file order.  Due to the way Apple has designed iOS, iPhones and iPads don’t recognise these zip files automatically (unlike Android devices).  So, if you buy one of our titles via your iPhone or iPad, there are two ways to find and listen to your files:

[1] Download for FREE iZip for iOS – then download the audiobook using the link provided either on the webpage or the email we sent you. After the file has downloaded click on the Open With option and choose iZip. The app will open and ask if you want it to unzip all the files, say yes. A minute or so later you will have a list of mp3 files in order, and you just need to tap on the one you want to play and it will start playing in the Audioplayer. You can easily play, pause, jump forward or back.

[2] Slightly easier – download the zip file to your PC or MAC, unzip it to a folder you know the location of (such as your Music or Documents folder), then use iTunes to transfer the files in the same way you would a music album.

We hope you enjoy your audiobook and come back for more soon!


David Troughton



File Size/Quality

192kbps (better than CD), 256kbps (superb quality), 320kbps (highest quality)


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