This Christmas the Father of the Modern Ghost Story, the Queen of Crime and The Master of Brtish Horror are united to send seasonal shivers down your spine at the 4th annual Brighton Ghost Stories for Christmas.
Performed for one night only on the 17th December at The Lantern Theatre in Kemptown, the show includes tales of terror by M.R James, Agatha Christie and Ramsey Campbell; raising money for the Sussex Cancer Fund as well as a few goosebumps along the way.
The Sussex Cancer Fund was established in 1981 to work with the NHS to create new and improved facilities providing the best possible cancer care for Sussex. Since then, £3 million has been raised to make the Sussex Cancer Centre more attractive, comfortable and effective.
Unlike many charities, costs are exceptionally low with only a very small percentage spent on administration, almost all money donated to us can be spent directly to benefit our patients.
"The choice of charity for this year's show is a very special one, not only because of the invaluable work that the Sussex Cancer Fund carries out, but also because the show is a tribute our friend Richard Gladman who sadly passed away at the beginning of the year.
There are very few creative people in Brighton, and in the UK horror scene, who were not touched by Richard in some way. As the creative force behind the Frighten Brighton and Classic Horror Campaign events in both Brighton and London, Richard shared his love of the genre with thousands of people - appearing on both televison and radio to promote classic and British horror wherever possible. As creator and editor of Space Monsters magazine he sold publications worldwide, nurting new talent whilst celebrating the veterans of the horror and science fiction scene.
An incredibly generous and supportive person, Richard provided encouragement and help to everyone he met. When Ghost Stories for Christmas was concieved as a charity fundraiser, Richard was amazingly supportive - helping with promotion, providing guidance with the first press release, coming to rehearsal and acting as a sounding board - his help and support was absolutely invaluable. And this really encapsulates the man that he was - whether one was mounting a theatrical production, creating a magazine, making a film or starting a band Richard was always there providing encouragement and help wherever he could. The people whose creativity was nurtured and projects that came to fruition with his support are countless and we are honoured to be staging this year's production as a tribute.
* photo courtesy of The Christie Archive Trust