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 We were also treated to a short story, previously unpublished, which really was quite terrifying, in the vein of MR James.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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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow! That’s fantastic news! Congratulations Holly, the start of a brilliant career, I’m sure. 🙂

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  2. Well done Holly! Can’t wait to read it (but maybe not too close to bedtime). 🙂

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  3. Thank you! We must put it on the site…

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