His introduction to ghosts had taken place at an early age, describing it in an Evening Standard article in 1931:
What first interested me in ghosts? This I can tell you quite definitely. In my childhood I chanced to see a toy Punch and Judy set, with figures cut out in cardboard. One of these was The Ghost. It was a tall figure habited in white with an unnaturally long and narrow head, also surrounded with white, and a dismal visage. Upon this my conceptions of a ghost were based, and for years it permeated my dreams.
In celebration of James’s life and work, we invite you to read a few of his stories (some of our favorites) and enjoy!