James Cessford


James Cessford is the incumbent Director of Chapelkill's Institute of Chronophotography. The recent fire which razed Chapelkill Factory destroyed much of the Institute's highly flammable archive; a unique collection of public information films, experimental shorts and local document.

James urges anyone with material created by the Institute to get in touch via Chapelkill Library who have undertaken a project to collate and restore any surviving footage.

After clearing out the librarian's bottom drawer Chapelkill Library is pleased to present the Institute's most recent work. Painstakingly shot using various kinetscopic and electrotachyscopic techniques, the film shown here was produced to promote James Cessford's short story, The Carousel.

James is currently completing his first collection of stories, The Monkey Puzzle, from which some of those listed here are drawn.
For more information about Chapelkill Public Library and the Chapelkill Library Press, please visit chapelkill.tumblr.com, or email chapelkill@hotmail.co.uk.

Where to find James Cessford online


A Thin Place
Price: $1.25 USD. Words: 11,860. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
A tale of witchcraft and haunting on the eve of the Great War, A Thin Place returns to Chapelkill, a town whose dark history is destined to be repeated again and again.
Mr Smith's Dream
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,760. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Mr Smith’s Dream is an alternative Christmas Carol, a fairy tale of terror and wonder, and a love song to a city whose ancient forces work to restore a man’s faith in magic before it is too late.
The Other Door
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,930. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
The Other Door is the latest short story from James Cessford, the critically acclaimed creator of The Carousel and Mr Smith’s Dream. It is a Kafkaesque look behind the curtain at the dark machinery that plunges men in to madness and holds them there at its will.
The Underpass (a ghost story)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,790. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Beget from the same black shadows as MR James’ unsettling fiction and Nigel Kneale’s macabre teleplays, The Underpass is a short story best told amongst friends, dark corners carefully checked for unwelcome guests.
The Carousel (a Christmas ghost story)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,010. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Crouching in the unlit space between the supernatural tales of MR James and the uncanny fiction of Algernon Blackwood, The Carousel is a short Christmas ghost story best told by the fire with the curtains drawn and the door bolted.

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