One of my favorite stories by M.R. James is a ghost story called, ‘Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad’
In the story a Cambridge professor named Parkins discovers and uses a bronze whistle that summons up a malevolent spirit and let’s just say that the ghost is not exactly happy with Parkins.
In various adaptations Jame’s whistle takes the shape of a Wedding Ring in the ” Father Brown Mysteries ” the whistle is made of bone- that one is my favorite.
My takeaway from this story is this, if you find a whistle made of bone or you find a bronze whistle hidden in ancient ruins that are probably cursed I think it’s best not to try it out. Call me overly cautious and I will admit I’ve read a few too many stories about resurrectionist but I don’t think anything good can come of it.
Jame’s story came out in 1904.
In 1995 in a cave in Northwestern Slovenia archeologists discovered the world oldest musical instrument. Some call it a bone flute, others may call it a whistle, someone claims they learned to play it in a dream and others say they’re not convinced it was intended to play music but what everyone agrees on is one thing-
it’s made of bone.