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M. R. James: Two Doctors

‘…What was this about a meeting? I believe I must have been in a doze.’

To which I answered that I was thinking of fauns and centaurs in the dark lane, and not of a witches’ Sabbath; but it seemed he took it differently.

It’s M. R. James’ “Two Doctors” today. The initial narrator discovers some old documents that tell pieces of a story regarding the title characters. These affidavits detail discussions about the supernatural – discussions of acknowledgement and skepticism.

This story takes on more of a traditional mystery even if speaks of otherworldly beings and characters take long spooky walks at night. The ending seems to imply a more physical concrete resolution. But there’s still that little idea planted that it could be something else – which gives just enough of a fright to make it really good!

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