Casting the Runes on DVD

… He put his hand into the well-known nook beneath the pillow. It did not get so far. What he touched then was, according to his account, a mouth. With teeth. And with hair about it. And not, he declares, the mouth of a human being…

Meet Mr Karswell, ‘The Abbot of Lufford’ – magic lanternist, historian of the occult, and scourge of the academic establishment. Casting the Runes is one of M R James most admired tales. Now it has been brought to thrilling life in this new collaboration between Nunkie and ThomThom Films. Filmed in one take by the light of a single candle, this is storytelling at its most stark and effective.

So pour yourself a glass of something comforting, draw the curtains and enjoy one of the eeriest stories ever told…

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Bonus feature: An introduction to, and rehearsed reading by Robert Lloyd Parry, of A Vignette, M R James’s final, posthumously published piece of supernatural writing.


A Pleasing Terror on DVD

The DVD of Nunkie Theatre Company’s original M R James’s show was awarded 5 stars by the Fortean Times. In Canon Alberic's Scrapbook, a young antiquary discovers the devil in the details of an old book in a medieval town in the French Pyrenees. In The Mezzotint a ghoulish revenge is enacted within a work of art, before the helpless eyes of a museum curator in Oxford.

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A Warning to the Curious on DVD

Two classic spine chillers from the master of the English ghost story, based on Nunkie Theatre Company’s thrilling stage show of the same name. Lost Hearts features one of M R James's most memorable black magicians, the predatory scholar Mr. Abney. It is paired here with one of his most poignant and personal works, 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.

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The Ash Tree on DVD

It is known to most of us, I think, that a cat can cry. But few of you, I hope, have heard such a scream as came from the heart of that great ash...

M R James's The Ash Tree is an unforgettable tale of sorcery and vengeance down the generations. Set in the author’s native Suffolk, it chronicles in fascinating, unnerving detail the consequences of a 17th century witch trail in Bury St Edmund's. It was first published in 1904. It retains its power to terrify and amuse. Robert Lloyd Parry's uncanny resemblance to M R James has never been put to such chilling effect as in this rendition of one of the author’s most admired tales.

Thou shalt seek me in the morning and I shall not be...

 

 

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NB This disc, unlike its predecessors only contains ONE story. We tried filming ‘Oh, Whistle...’ but it didn't quite go according to plan

 


TWO STRANGE TALES BY LUCY M BOSTON

...His eye sockets were appallingly hollow, and he lifted his chin as the blind do when they seek...

Robert Lloyd Parry reads two little known supernatural tales by Lucy M Boston [1892 – 1990], the author most famous for her acclaimed series of Green Knowe children's novels. The Tiger-Skin Rug is a mysterious tale, describing what happens when the spirit of the jungle visits a quiet English village . . . In Curfew the tolling of a long-silent bell awakens a shocking, ancient evil. It has been hailed as one of the most chilling tales in the M R James tradition.

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CURIOUS CREATURES:
THE SHORTER HORROR OF M R JAMES

Are there here and there sequestered places which some curious creatures still frequent...?

James asked this question at the end of the last ghost story he ever wrote – A Vignette, published in a London newspaper, five months after his death. This is one of nine shorter works included on this pleasingly terrifying new audio CD, two of which have never been recorded before.

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