In this episode Mike and Will delve into the middle third of M.R. James’s ‘The Five Jars’ and encounter talking owls, two flavours of sinister old women, and all manner of supernatural trickery and tomfoolery!
Readings this week are once again extracted from Peter Yearsley’s excellent Librevox recording of this story, with added help from Debbie Wedge.
If you don’t have a copy of The Five Jars in your collection, you can read the whole thing online at Thin-Ghost.org.
This week Will and Mike explore the borders between psychedelia and twee when they crack open The Five Jars, Monty’s only novel. Prepare yourself for enigmatic springs, helpful trees and cantankerous cats – and two very confused podcasters.
Parents beware – Will drops his guard and utters a foul-mouthed profanity at 12:48. Chapter one was a real struggle at times.
Readings for this episode are taken from Curious Creatures, Robert Lloyd Parry’s excellent audiobook which features a selection of lesser-heard M.R. James stories. Many thanks to Robert for giving us permission to use them! The full CD can (and should) be purchased from nunkie.co.uk
Thanks to Alisdair Wood who provided the awesome artwork that accompanies this episode. Head over to woodi.co.uk for more M.R. James inspired artwork for sale.
The Malice of Inanimate Objects by M.R. James (Ghosts and Scholars)
This story can be read in full online at the Ghosts and Scholars website. See the notes at the bottom for links to the varioustranslations of the Brothers Grimm’s story about the unfortunate, or very wicked, Squire Korbes.
The Malice of Inanimate Objects short film (Youtube)
Want to see a man crack an egg on his own face, and worse? This M.R. James short by Youtuber Alan OW Barnes takes it’s inspiration from M.R. James and the tale of Squire Korbes mentioned in this story.
Death Bed: The Bed that Eats (Youtube)
Cited as ‘a strong contender for worst movie ever made’, this 70′s horror movie caught Mike’s eye as example of the inanimate object idea being taken to places it probably shouldn’t. Warning: contains bad acting.