Friday, 24 February 2012

Stamp of Distinction

So, M.R. James finally gets his own British stamp. (Being British, it does not indicate its country of origin - such was the confidence of empire when postage stamps were introduced that it was assumed everyone would know.) Anyway, this is what it looks like, courtesy of Stamp Magazine:



Sad to note that the writer for Stamp Magazine claims that MRJ wrote 'The Casting of the Runes'. Perhaps this information comes from the Royal Mail, or maybe it's down to inept Googling. Tsk tsk, young people today...

2 comments:

Todd T said...

Ah, you've forgotten about the early and rarely-seen version in which the sorceror attempts to cast the runes in bronze. When slipped into someone's pocket they are as obvious as can be, so the author went back to revise, and came up with the classic we now revere.

valdemar said...

Yes, that would be a bit of a giveaway. Also, the Curse of the Pharaohs that involves an actual pharaoh standing outside your home, cursing...