Sunday 23 October 2011

Halloween horror with MR James

As I am currently running a competition on my blog to win a new edition of MR James' collected horror stories, I thought I'd mention an event taking place at Belsay Hall Castle and Gardens, Northumberland, run by English Heritage.

Next weekend there will be three shows of six classic spine-chillers from the Master of the English Ghost Story - M R James. The performances are by Nunkie Theatre Company. Here are the details:

Saturday 29 October: A Pleasing Terror, Cannon Alberic's Scrapbook and The Mezzotint.
Sunday 30 October: Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad and The Ash Tree.
Monday 31 October: A Warning to the Curious and Lost Hearts. Suitable for ages 13+.

Performances are at 7pm and 9.30pm. Prices: Adults £12/Concessions £10/Children £10
English Heritage Members: Equal Prices. For more details, visit

Here are the details again of the competition I am running to win a copy of Collected Ghost Stories by MR James, just published by Oxford University Press. All you need to do to be in with a chance of getting the prize is answer this multi-choice question:

What is the title of MR James’ most famous ghost story?

A) Oh, Scream and I’ll Come to You, My Lad
B) Oh, Whistle and I’ll Come to You, My Lad
C) Oh, Text Me and I’ll Come to You, My Lad

Email your answer to me, the Bad Witch, at by the closing date of Monday, October 31, 2011, to be in with a chance of winning. There is one prize, which is a copy of MR James' Collected Ghost Stories in hardback.

Please include your name and postal address with your entry so I will know where to send the book. You can enter if you live in the UK or anywhere in Europe. However, if you live in the US, Canada or Australia you aren't eligible to enter.

You can find out more about MR James' Collected Ghost Stories at the OUP website at and I will be reviewing the book on A Bad Witch’s Blog closer to Halloween.

The photo at the top right was supplied by English Heritage photo library.


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chilledchimp said...

Can't make it to Northumberland, but for any of you that can, I can't recommend Nunkie Theatre highly enough. I've seen these productions twice in London and he brings the character of MR James to life beautifully. Go, it's brilliant!