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Happy Hallowe’en… and a happy, published Holly!

Happy Hallowe’en to you all!

And, while October 31 is meant to be a night of frights, we have some delights here too, as Holly won her first ever short story competition – Waterstones Oxford’s Terrifyingly Short Story Competition 2014. To say she was thrilled would be a complete understatement.

Holly next to the display of her short story next to Dave Shelton's new chiller 'Thirteen Chairs'.
Holly next to the display of her short story next to Dave Shelton’s new chiller ‘Thirteen Chairs’.

Holly was invited, along with the runners-up, to a special event with author Dave Shelton, who has just published a chilling ghost story called Thirteen Chairs. Dave read the opening pages of his book, which left us all desperate for more. Luckily for Holly, she received a copy of the book with a token to spend in Waterstones, and asked Mr Shelton to sign the book after his reading. We were also treated to a short story, previously unpublished, which really was quite terrifying, in the vein of MR James.

Dave Shelton signing a copy of his new book Thirteen Chairs for Holly. He drew a little grave stone with RIP on it too!
Dave Shelton signing a copy of his new book Thirteen Chairs for Holly. He drew a little grave stone with RIP on it too!

Winning the competition was wonderful enough but we were amazed and ecstatic to see that Waterstones had printed special copies of it, bound in red ribbon, and with a fab illustration to accompany it. Dave Shelton had also written a foreword explaining why Holly’s story was a winner.

Holly's story 'Sophie in the Cellar' was handed out in specially printed and illustrated copies - an extra treat!
Holly’s story ‘Sophie in the Cellar’ was handed out in specially printed and illustrated copies – an extra treat!

We will post the story shortly – it’s been a long day and night here and we’re tired. But we’d love to share it with all our readers and extend the Hallowe’en spookiness a little longer!

Stay well and stay safe tonight everyone!

Our one and only pumpkin from the garden, living up to its purpose (and tasting delicious in a pie!).
Our one and only pumpkin from the garden, living up to its purpose (and tasting delicious in a pie!).
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Childtastic Books started out as a collaborative blog, written by me and my young daughter Holly. Now she's nearly a teen, she's off doing exciting and new things but I am still here, reading, writing and reviewing books for children and young adults of all ages. I miss her input but I hope she will pop in from time to time to do some guest posts! A little about me - I have just finished an MA in Children's Literature from the University of Roehampton (result pending, eeek) and am a part-time primary school librarian. The other part of my time is spent writing and editing, my own work and others, and I am waiting for my first non-fiction book to be published - a teacher resources pack for Handa's Surprise. I welcome comments and love to hear from visitors to this blog. Please note though that, because of time constraints, it is rare that I can read and review books from self-published authors. I receive so many requests and feel badly about not being able to keep up with them all. Thanks for visiting! Sam

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