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 current series of shows usually takes place at The All Good Bookshop. The next will be on Saturday 15th June when renowned performer Polis Loizou will read a tale of revenge served as cold as outer space – John Wyndham’s DUMB MARTIAN. Book your tickets here.

The most recent show was on Saturday 30th March, when Ben Sohawon and Poppy Liqueur joined me to present a pair of disquieting stories from the unique mind of Hirai Taro, better known as Edogawa Rampo. A recording is on Bandcamp now.

The show before /that/ was on Sunday 11th FebruaryA 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 or you can watch the show on Vimeo here. 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.

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.

SHIVERS – THE DERELICT at The Grant Museum of Zoology, 30th Oct 2021
Reader: Jim Osman. Accompanist: Sam Enthoven. Live art/animation: Andrea Aste.
Photographer: Martin Delaney

Recordings are available on Bandcamp, Vimeo and Soundcloud.