I was asked to tell “English ghost stories” for a Japanese TV programme aimed at 8-12 year olds.
The location was Kontiki studios in Dalston which is absolutely beautiful!
I had suggested some of my favourite short but terrifying Londony tales, however the one that the producers were most keen to hear was an urban legend that I had never even heard of. It is apparently very popular in Japan!
When I arrived all prepped up, the producer was very upset. It turns out that the week’s rushes shooting in and around London has been accidentally thrown away with the remains of last nights takeaway so he spent most of the time on the phone trying to recover them…
The filming took around an hour and I recorded three stories but I already guessed they would only use the Crying Boy.
Anyway, the story…
Once I had researched it, I fell in love with it too. It’s a mixture of genuinely horrible and absolutely preposterous with a strong London connection.
When I watched the film (below) I was a bit disappointed as it has been obviously edited for a non-English audience and so the main point of the story has been kind of lost!
However it is one of the stories I will be telling when I lead a ghost walk in Wapping in the new year. If you want to hear it REALLY properly (as well as some outrageous completely true* local tales of poltergeists, demons, dockers and witches…) here are the details. Dress warmly!
And here is the video: