Lawrence Gordon Clark. Photograph © 2012 Mark Davis.
Do any of you out there remember the BBC’s A Ghost Story for Christmas dramas which were broadcast between 1971 and 1978 during December? Well, we hope you do, because this December Spectral Press will be publishing its first non-fiction book, The Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark, the director of those dramas. It will be edited and introduced by Tony Earnshaw, and feature all the M. R. James tales from which the dramas were adapted, plus short introductions to each one by Clark himself. In addition, there will also be a reprint of the unfilmed “Count Magnus” script by Basil Copper. The book will also feature a Foreword by someone yet to be announced, plus other material including unpublished behind-the-scenes photographs. This is the list of prospective contents:
Introduction by Tony Earnshaw
Seven short stories by M. R. James: Stalls of Barchester, Treasure of Abbot Thomas, Warning to the Curious, Ash Tree, Lost Hearts, Casting the Runes, Count Magnus
Seven brief introductions by Lawrence Gordon Clark
Count Magnus script by Basil Copper
Lost Hearts short play by Lawrence Gordon Clark (TBC)
Filmography, awards, bibliography of Lawrence Gordon Clark by Tony Earnshaw
Q&A with Lawrence Gordon Clark by Tony Earnshaw (TBC)
It is envisaged that it will be available in three editions: limited signed slipcased hardback (£100 – 50 only), limited unsigned hardback (£35 – 100 only) and unlimited paperback. Only the highest production values will go into the making of this book – there will also be NO eBook of this as we think that that physical books will work best for the nature of the material.
This will be a definitive book, one of the last words on Lawrence Gordon Clark’s television career. Expressions in interest to spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com – don’t forget to tell us which edition you would like.
More details soon!