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 three 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 some of the best artists from London’s experimental music scene. 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.
For a taste of what I mean, here’s a video from SHIVERS: MYSTERIES on 6th Sept 2019. With Katie Jones reading and raxil4 as guest accompanist, this is our performance of the Haitian folktale THE NAME:
You can hear more audio recordings from previous shows here on the SHIVERS Soundcloud.
SHIVERS is especially thrilling in unusual venues that add to the atmosphere of the stories.
So far these have included the chapel of Abney Park Cemetery, the wild woods of Nidderdale in Yorkshire and the hold of the Spanish galleon The Golden Hinde. In 2019 I was especially delighted to put on SHIVERS shows at both The London Lovecraft Festival at The Old Red Lion Theatre and The London Horror Festival at The Pleasance. Other venues that year included The Chapel Playhouse and IKLECTIK.
The biggest live SHIVERS yet, on Feb 21st 2020, was at an especially ominous and atmospheric venue – the glorious Grant Museum of Zoology, where we performed (what else?) H. P. Lovecraft’s THE HORROR IN THE MUSEUM. We sold out the museum’s 70 seats and the performers and audience all had a perfectly horrible time. Watch and listen for yourself here.
While live shows remain indefinitely postponed, SHIVERS has gone online in the form of video. For our first lockdown performance Laura Sampson read ISLAND OF FEAR by William Sambrot. For the second online-only SHIVERS Minnie Wilkinson read GREEN FINGERS by R. C. Cook. Now I am thrilled to present Polis Loizou‘s deliciously flesh-creeping rendition of THE THING IN THE CELLAR by David H. Keller. Further SHIVERS shows like this are coming soon.
Meanwhile the third release on the new SINISTER MASTERPLAN Bandcamp page is a recording of SHIVERS: ANIMAL SPIRITS from 7th March 2019, starring readers Esi Eshun, Lucy Brady and Cliff Chapman, accompanied by myself on theremin etc and the astonishing Charlotte Keeffe on trumpet. All sales proceeds from this album will go to support the venue where the show was performed – the wonderful IKLECTIK.
This month’s SHIVERS release on Bandcamp is Clark Ashton Smith‘s tale of brain-eating parasites from Mars, THE VAULTS OF YOH-VOMBIS.
SHIVERS will return.