M R James, the master of the English ghost story, first read his unforgettable tales aloud to friends in Cambridge in the years leading up to the First World War. Over a century after they were first published, his stories retain their power to terrify and amuse.
Robert Lloyd Parry from Nunkie Theatre returns to Tobacco Factory Theatres this autumn to continue his M R James Project, re-telling more of M R James’s most eerie spine chillers by candlelight and thrillingly bookending your week.
Sometimes, you know, you see him, and sometimes you don’t. It’s just as he pleases, I think. He’s there, but he has some power over your eyes…
Lost Hearts was among the first stories the author wrote and it offers one of his most memorable villains, the predatory scholar Mr Abney. It is paired here with perhaps James’s most poignant and personal work, A Warning to the Curious, in which a young archaeologist is haunted and hunted by the guardian of an ancient treasure.
The English seaside has never looked so menacing.