Know a good South Shields ghost story?

Peter Lathan

The Book of Darkness and Light, which is coming to South Shields Customs House for one night only on 6 October, needs local ghost stories.

Writer Adam Z Robinson and musician Ben Styles use a combination of original ghost stories and live violin music to create performances that are “spooky, mesmerising and charming.”

Each show includes some short, local ghost stories and legends and Robinson is inviting local people to send him their own ghost stories to be woven into the show.

Legend has it that many years ago, The Book of Light and Darkness, a compilation of terrifying tales, was found and, with that book in his hand, The Storyteller (Robinson) tells three chilling tales as The Musician (Styles) fills the room with haunting music.

In Plagued, a cruel politician gets his comeuppance when he returns home one wintery night. In Girl, Dancing, an ageing stage star becomes jealous of her step-daughter’s fame, making a ghastly decision to get her out of the picture. Finally, in The Bonehouse, a historian comes face-to-face with the gruesome history of an abandoned village lock-up.

If you have a local story—particularly a personal local story—that you think could fit into the show, e-mail it to as soon as possible.