Coast Stories: A Cinematic Trip to England’s Sinister Seaside
My friend and sometime collaborator Martin Jones is giving a talk later this month at his local library in Retford, Nottinghamshire. Entitled Coast Stories: a Cinematic Trip to England’s Sinister Seaside, it promises to be bracing and windswept Halloween experience as this most dedicated of lifelong British Horror fanatic reels out his years of research and rumination on one of his favourite topics: the darker side of England;s coastal hinterland where the troubled waters of the Atlantic and the North Sea wash up against the suicide cliffs, the desolate promenades and the skeletal ruins of piers. And he should know. Born and raised in deepest, darkest Torbay, he has witnessed at first hand that which lurks in the shadows beyond the arcade lights, the eerie desolation of a beach in winter and the sinister gleam in the children’s eye as they watch glove puppet serial killer Mr Punch up to his old tricks. The talk will feature such classics as the BBC’s eerie 1968 adaptation of M.R. James’ Oh Whistle And I’ll Come To You, My Lad through to more recent efforts like Neil Jordan’s Byzantium (that makes the most of its Hastings location), and those in attendance will leave having their perspective on places like Scarborough, Blackpool and Bognor Regis forever altered.