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A Pleasing Terror: Two Ghost Stories by M.R. James, performed by Robert Lloyd Parry

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 - 6:00 PM | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required

Robert Lloyd Parry returns to the Members' Room with two of the wonderfully spooky stories by British horror master M.R. James (1862-1936). “Wonderful, magical storytelling." - The Daily Mail

Over a century after they were first published, the ghost stories of M.R. James retain their power to terrify and amuse. This gripping one-man show retells two of the earliest and eeriest.

In "Canon Alberic’s Scrap-book," a young Cambridge 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.

“Lloyd Parry’s mastery of the role is itself an act of possession.” - The New Yorker

Performer Robert Lloyd Parry has been touring several shows based on the works of M.R. James around the UK since 2007, and he appeared as the author in Mark Gatiss’s acclaimed BBC documentary M.R. James: Ghost Writer. He has also adapted and performed works by H.G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, Saki, and H.P. Lovecraft. nunkie.co.uk (photo by Shelagh Bidwell)