This is some very exciting news, Spectral Press have just announced that the fabulous and spectacular Mark Gatiss is to write the introduction to this special book.
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 The book will also feature a Foreword by someone yet to be announced, plus other material including unpublished behind-the-scenes photographs.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:
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
Seven brief introductions by Lawrence Gordon Clark
Count Magnus script by Basil Copper
Lost Hearts short play by Lawrence Gordon Clark
Filmography, awards, bibliography of Lawrence Gordon Clark by Tony Earnshaw
Q&A with Lawrence Gordon Clark by Tony Earnshaw
It is envisaged that it will be available in three editions: limited signed slipcased hardback (£75 – 50 only), limited unsigned hardback (£35 – 100 only) and unlimited paperback (£20). Only the highest production values will go into the making of this book – there will also be NO eBook of this as it is felt that that physical books will work best for the nature of the material. Pre-orders will start mid-October for each of the editions on offer. Some have already begun reserving their copies – if anyone wishes to do so, please contact Spectral at spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com as soon as possible.
This is going to be a very special book.