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It’s no secret we’re a fan of the short ghost story master, M. R. James. Last week, we ran a Litro Lab episode featuring Robert Lloyd Parry who, in 2005, started adapting James’ stories for the stage in a one-man show, and who delighted us with a reading of “A School Story” (he has also started touring again—see dates here). In 2010, Litro Lab Producer Emily Cleaver had reviewed his performance of James’ short story, “Oh Whistle, and I’ll Come to You My Lad“; and more recently, she came up with a short list of “Five Ghost Stories that Scared M. R. James“.
If you haven’t had enough and want to catch more of M. R. James, head down to the White Bear Theatre (Kennington, London) at 9pm tonight to watch a performance of five stories from James’ first 1904 collection, Ghost Stories of an Antiquary. This is the first production of the collective, Never Heard Of It.
Emily joined Litro in April 2012 as Literary Editor & Web Designer. She made over the website and introduced new developmental and editorial features to strengthen Litro's online presence. She left her position in January 2013, taking a backseat as Contributing Editor to concentrate on writing. She is a freelance journalist with a special interest in travel writing and foreign reporting (with an inclination for Asia and Latin America), and is now based in Malaysia. English is her native language, but she also speaks Mandarin and Spanish, having spent 2007-08 travelling in Central America.