Casting the Runes by MR James, Matlock Bath
NeuNoir Theatre presents: M.R. James’ Casting The Runes
Monday 30th October, Grand Pavilion, Matlock Bath
Doors 6:45pm for 7:30pm start
Tickets £10 from thegrandpavilion.co.uk/events/casting-the-runes/
Casting The Runes is a strange tale of the occult written by the acknowledged master of the supernatural, M.R. James, read at The Grand Pavilion Matlock Bath on October 30th.
Often described as the greatest of all ghost story writers, James redefined the genre with a series of groundbreaking shorts-many of which were read aloud to gatherings of friends. Strong on atmosphere and with contemporary settings, his terrifying tales were designed to chill. Forgoing Gothic cliches and lengthy expositions, he exploited the over-active imaginations of his readers, cleverly leaving them to ponder the horror of the situations he threw his unprepared protagonists into.
Casting The Runes was first published in James’ second collection,1911’s MoreGhost Stories, and is widely considered his best work. The story of a demonic curse, it was famously adapted into a film in 1957 (retitled Night Of The Demon)–with a line of dialogue from the movie later finding its way into Kate Bush’s The Hounds Of Love. Read by actor Richard Usher (Sweet Cherry Publishing’s Sherlock Holmes audiobooks; BBC Radio; The Lost Hancocks: Vacant Lot), Casting The Runes is the third production from NeuNoir, whose previous spooky outings have included readings of WH Hodgson’s Carnacki: The Ghost Hunter and EF Benson’s The Outcast.
WATCH THE TRAILER: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAwsQpJHLeA
Tickets £10, doors 6:45pm for 7:30pm
The Grand Pavilion, South Parade, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire DE4 3NR
Mon 30 October