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It is with great pleasure that we can report that we have a major new publishing project, in collaboration with the London Repertory Company,  in the pipeline. Yesterday, Spectral Press met up with the director of the legendary film Mark of the Devil, Michael Armstrong, and Kevin James of the LRC, to discuss issuing paperbacks and eBooks of a collection of Michael’s genre and non-genre screenplays. The LRC is already issuing them in limited numbered hardback, so Spectral is exclusively handling all other formats.

The collection will include screenplays of works which were produced as well as those which remained unfilmed. Each volume will contain anecdotes by Michael on the production history of the screenplay, plus a selection of behind the scenes and production photographs, concept drawings and sketches, and various associated ephemera, many of which have never been seen before. The volumes will, of course, be produced to Spectral renowned high standards, the collection eventually forming an impressive body of work dedicated to one man’s cinematic vision. It is envisaged that there will be around 40 books in all, issued at regular intervals.

Later in the year there will be an official joint/LRC announcement as to which screenplays will be included in the collection. This is an exciting collaboration, of which Spectral Press are very proud to be a part! Keep checking in for further news!

Press release: The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark

Below is the official press release for the book:

SPECTRAL PRESS PRESENTS: SPECTRAL SCREEN I

 

THE CHRISTMAS GHOST STORIES OF

LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK

Edited by TONY EARNSHAW

Foreword by MARK GATISS

Robert Hardy in "The Stalls of Barchester", directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark

Robert Hardy in “The Stalls of Barchester”, directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark

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 GentlemenSherlockFirst 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.

CONTENTS:

Foreword by MARK GATISS

Introduction by TONY EARNSHAW

Seven short stories by M. R. JAMESThe Stalls of Barchester CathedralThe Treasure of Abbot ThomasA Warning to the CuriousThe Ash TreeLost HeartsCasting the RunesCount 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.

PUBLICATION DATE: 10th December 2013.

PRIVATE CUSTOMERS: Expressions of interest to spectralpress@gmail.com – (don’t forget to tell us which edition you would like).

REVIEWERS: please register your interest in reviewing a copy of this book by also sending an email to spectralpress@gmail.com.

SHOPS/DISTRIBUTORS wholesale will be 25% discount – send requests/orders to spectralpress@gmail.com.

Available from the publishers: Spectral Press, 5 Serjeants Green, Neath Hill, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK14 6HA, United Kingdom.

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