So, here we are at last, you can finally preorder this definitive account of Lawrence Gordon Clark’s involvement with filming the adaptations of M. R. James’ stories for the BBC’s A Ghost Story for Christmas series of dramas, broadcast in the 1970s. You will find all the details below, as well as Paypal buttons for purchasing. If you would like to pay either by cheque or bank transfer, then please contact us directly on spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com for details. Postage is included in the stated prices.
Once again, we apologise for the excessive postage prices – this is entirely out of our control.
Between 1971 and 1978, during the Christmas holiday period, the BBC broadcast a series of dramas under the umbrella title of A Ghost Story for Christmas, most based on stories by M. R. James and all directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark. This December, Spectral Press will be publishing its first hybrid/non-fiction book, The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark, in celebration of those classic short films. It will be edited and introduced by Tony Earnshaw, author of the highly regarded Beating the Devil – The Making of Night of the Demon; feature a Foreword by none other than Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen, Sherlock, First Men in the Moon, the forthcoming The Tractate Middoth); plus all the M. R. James tales from which the dramas were adapted, each prefaced by a new introduction by Clark himself. Additionally, there will also be a reprint of an unfilmed “Count Magnus” script by Basil Copper, as well as other material including unpublished behind-the-scenes photographs.
Foreword by MARK GATISS
Introduction by TONY EARNSHAW
Seven short stories by M. R. JAMES: The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral, The Treasure of Abbot Thomas, A Warning to the Curious, The Ash Tree, Lost Hearts, Casting the Runes, Count Magnus
Exclusive new introductions to each story by LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK
Count Magnus teleplay by BASIL COPPER
Lost Hearts short stage play by LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK
Filmography, awards, of LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK by TONY EARNSHAW
Q&A with LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK by TONY EARNSHAW
It will be available in three editions: LIMITED SIGNED SLIPCASED HARDBACK (£75 – 50 only), LIMITED UNSIGNED HARDBACK (£35 – 100 only) and UNLIMITED PAPERBACK (£20). Postage will be extra. Only the highest production values will go into the making of this book— there will be NO eBook of this as we think that only physical books will work best for the nature of the material.
This will be a definitive volume – the last word on Lawrence Gordon Clark’s career in ground-breaking supernatural television.
SIGNED SLIPCASED HARDBACK EDITION
UNSIGNED HARDBACK EDITION
Looking forward to hearing from you!