Autumn has well and truly arrived, Halloween is just around the corner and we’re starting to plan our All Hallows’ Eve antics. We’ve got something a little different to do this Halloween… if you dare, that is!
Who doesn’t love a good ghost story? Norfolk has plenty of chilling tales which have entertained (and frightened!) for centuries, but some of these well-loved stories aren’t as easy to find nowadays, and certainly aren’t been brought to life much anymore.
Black Shuck (the devil’s dog), witches, ghouls and the ghastly lantern men amongst other ferocious fiends will all be involved, so steel yourselves! We can promise that it won’t just be those tales you’ve heard a hundred times before; there’ll be modern interpretations of classics as well as original stories, flickering candlelight and ghost effects, all designed to leave you thinking about them long after the evening’s finished… well, there must be a reason East Anglia has spawned so many ghost stories over the years?
In fact, there are a few reasons for this; firstly, until the last century or so it has been a relatively isolated area, with the fens, broads and coastline all providing ideal settings for a mysterious story. There have also been hundreds of ghostly sightings in this area, making it a ghost-hunter’s heaven and resulting in various stories spreading around the county. So make sure you celebrate Halloween in style, with a good dose of storytelling and shocks!
So, if you fancy scaring yourselves silly on Halloween, Strange Tales for Halloween (31 October, 7.30pm) is set to be a fantastic evening of strange and ghostly stories held in the shadows of Dragon Hall (now home to Writers' Centre Norwich). Only suitable for adult audiences, you’ll join the event’s host - the long dead ghost story writer M.R. James (Richard Holliss dressed up and acting the part spectacularly!) and three truly fantastic (and still alive!) actors as they play out some supernatural stories. They’ll ensure that you’re immersed in classic and contemporary tales of horror the likes of which you have never heard before!
Image: part of the cover for Shadows On The Fens
The book on which this great event has been based is an intriguing mix of 21 new and classic supernatural tales; it celebrates the work of classic ghost story authors and present day talent which have kept us reaching for more and more of these chilling tales over the years.
You can pick up a signed copy of the Shadows on the Fens after the Halloween event, and also meet the architect of terror (he’s lovely really!) Wayne Andrew Drew, who collated and edited the book.
To avoid missing out, buy your tickets online or call 01603 877177. Tickets are £10 which includes refreshments. Please note this event is only suitable for adult audiences.
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