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 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 We were also treated to a short story, previously unpublished, which really was quite terrifying, in the vein of MR James.
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.
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!