To celebrate the release of our second Self Made Hero book of M. R. James adaptations – Ghost Stories of an Antiquary Vol 2 – we’re going to be counting down to Christmas in true Jamesian style, with a new haunting image and nugget of info every day.
In our Big Cartel shop, between now and the 20th of December, you can get Vol 1 & Vol 2 together for the very special price of £15.
On top of that, we’ll be giving away a copy of the book via Twitter every Sunday in the lead up to Christmas. Check the #MRJ2GIVEAWAY hashtag for details of how to take part.
Tonight at the Leicester Guildhall, Leicester Robert Lloyd Parry AKA Nunkie Theatre will be performing “Oh Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad” in character as author and story-teller M. R. James.
In December 2005 Nunkie Theatre performed ‘A Pleasing Terror,’ two tales by Montague Rhodes James (1862 – 1936), the master of the English ghost story. The venue was James’s old office in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, a wonderfully elegant and atmospheric old book-lined room. This was the beginning of what has since become known as ‘The M.R. James Project,’ an initiative to bring back to life the eeriest and most entertaining of these enduringly brilliant tales.
Many of James’s stories were originally written to be performed to his friends at the Christmas Eve parties he hosted in his rooms in King’s College, Cambridge, in the years leading up to World War One. And Nunkie now has a repertoire of five one man-shows based upon them.
The stories are all performed by candlelight, often in places closely associated with the author, by Robert Lloyd Parry, whose resemblance to James has left many an audience member dumbfounded. In 2014 he appeared as M R James in Mark Gatiss’s BBC2 Documentary ‘Ghost writer.’ You can see clips here.
For further details of upcoming live performances check out the touring schedule.