Modern readers of James' work may well find him rather stuffy and dusty. His short stories are campfire fare, and written in an older narrative style some may find off-putting. This would be, however, giving no credit to the man's genius at crafting well-written and simple to follow "chillers" complete with all of the tropes horror and suspense fans love - old graveyards, rats in the walls, sinister Gothic atmospheres, mists and glooms - many of which are, in fact, his unique contributions to his field. I am pleased to see that, in the last twenty years or so, James has undergone something of a "Renaissance," making his name a little more well known than it once was. It is a solid reputation richly merited.