Do you like stories that make the hairs stand up at the back of your neck?
My SHIVERS nights have been giving aficionados that sensation of spiders down the spine for more than five years now. I pick and adapt the finest frightening literature and find great performers to read it. The twist with SHIVERS is that these tales are then paired with live sounds from my uniquely uncanny instrument the theremin and… other sinister sonic contraptions. The result is a kind of cinema for the ears and imagination, with storytelling and sound combining to draw you irresistibly in, to reach cold fingers into your mind, to give you SHIVERS.
The most recent show was on Sunday 11th February – A NIGHT BENEATH THE ELDER SIGN at The Drayton Arms Theatre for The London Lovecraft Festival. I was delighted to return to T L Wiswell‘s fabulous festival of horrors where, accompanied by the redoubtable Laurence Ashcroft, I gave the SHIVERS treatment to THE VOICE IN THE NIGHT by William Hope Hodgson: an audio recording is available on Bandcamp now. I also provided live sound accompaniment to the debut of Wiswell’s latest shadow puppetry production of Lovecraft’s THE DOOM THAT CAME TO SARNATH read by Lucy Brady.
Meanwhile a series of shows continues at The All Good Bookshop. On Saturday 27th January, together with the astounding Aaron Oliver, I presented A PAIL OF AIR – a Fritz Leiber tale so chilling it could freeze the air you breathe, not ‘just’ your blood. A recording is available on Bandcamp now.
Locations for previous SHIVERS events include church towers and cemeteries, a fire-gutted mansion, a crypt, the hold of a galleon and (below) a collection of preserved biological specimens, namely of course the glorious Grant Museum of Zoology.