Robert Lloyd Parry as MR James
Photo: Tristram Kenton
Actor Robert Lloyd Parry is signing copies of his DVD A Pleasing Terror this Saturday. The DVD is a recording of Lloyd Parry's one-man show, in which he plays the former King's Provost and ghost story writer MR James. He sits in candlelight and recounts two of James' most famous stories, 'Canon Alberic's Scrapbook' and 'The Mezzotint'.
Lloyd Parry's critically-acclaimed show was first given in small venues around the country. The Stage called the performance 'remarkable' and said that 'Lloyd Parry is a natural storyteller, well able to hold, amuse and frighten his audience.'
The signing takes place in the Shop at King's, King's Parade, Cambridge, from 3pm to 5pm on Saturday. You can also buy the DVD online from the Friends of King's website.
MR James arrived at King's in 1882 as an undergraduate, and after graduating became a Fellow of King's. It was at this time, in the 1890s, that James began writing ghost stories to entertain friends on Christmas Eve. His stories were soon published in magazines and in 1904 his first book of stories was published, Ghost Stories of an Antiquary.
James' use of contemporary settings brought the ghost story out of the Gothic era and into the twentieth century, and he is considered one of the finest ghost story writers in English literature.
He was elected Provost of King's in 1905 and became Provost of Eton in 1918, a position he held until his death in 1936.