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500 word ghost story competition

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Ghost Orchid Press have just announced an open call for 500 word max ghost stories. I’ll be entering this one myself, I hope and I know it’ll appeal to some of you.

(I’ll take 10% commission if any of you win, lol 😉)

https://ghostorchidpress.com/christmas/?fbclid=IwAR3H2N59fFwWq9-VgfIX8kqrDKRQhJu3-9tRTu6gwQTOQJqJEhIoD1sp_i0

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Not just any ghost story, but a Christmas ghost story. I love this genre, stories told by the fire on a winter's night making you shiver from more than just the drafty windows. Might give it a whirl myself

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Quote by Mendalla

Not just any ghost story, but a Christmas ghost story. I love this genre, stories told by the fire on a winter's night making you shiver from more than just the drafty windows. Might give it a whirl myself

But if its Christmas why would there be a winter's fire? Christmas is all about heat and humidity, July is the time for winter ghost stories 😇

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Not just any ghost story, but a Christmas ghost story. I love this genre, stories told by the fire on a winter's night making you shiver from more than just the drafty windows. Might give it a whirl myself

But if its Christmas why would there be a winter's fire? Christmas is all about heat and humidity, July is the time for winter ghost stories 😇

I spent Christmas in New Zealand once and it was wonderful. Sunbathing on Christmas Day instead of turning the heating up to stop myself freezing smile

Ah… some day I’ll repeat the experience

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Not just any ghost story, but a Christmas ghost story. I love this genre, stories told by the fire on a winter's night making you shiver from more than just the drafty windows. Might give it a whirl myself

But if its Christmas why would there be a winter's fire? Christmas is all about heat and humidity, July is the time for winter ghost stories 😇

Don't rub it in.🙄 We just got our first snow here. Just a dusting that will melt by noon, but a sign of things to come. Maybe if your country reopens by then, I should come spend Christmas with you.😈

But, yeah, I guess Christmas ghost stories are a Northern hemisphere thing.

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I think it would be really interesting to submit a summer tale to this call, don’t you? 😉

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But if its Christmas why would there be a winter's fire? Christmas is all about heat and humidity, July is the time for winter ghost stories.

I have Rellies in NZ. But no, It just wouldn't work for me. This is Christmas for me:

©Anna morgan

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That is pretty. We get heavy rain and gale force winds in Britain, though. Not pretty and not pleasant. So, I need to head far south or a bit further North (or turn up the heating and close the curtains smile )

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That is Hohenschwangau, the village that nestles at the foot of the Alps just below Neuschwanstein Castle... damn, I really want to be there! 😪

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I haven't been to the German side of the Alps. Just Switzerland and the Italian side. That looks lovely, though.

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I think it would be really interesting to submit a summer tale to this call, don’t you? 😉

Christmas ghost stories are a mood rather than specifically about Christmas. I am pretty sure some of M. R. James Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, which they cite as an example, are set at other times of the year (and, by the way, is possibly the best single author collection of ghost/horror stories ever published).

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Dang, this is hard. I am used to doing a slow burn build-up in my ghost stories but with only 500 words available ... yeah, it's not easy. But I have something at least.

Glad you’ve made a start. I have no ideas for this one yet and times running out. I’ll have a think about it today, if I get the time 👍🏻

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Reworking the basic idea. The one I did last night did not stand up in the cold light of day. It was like "ghost story mark 2". Very bland and nothing really outstanding. Probably based on something I've heard or read before.

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Stories Space Logo 1 like 5 days ago

Just clicked Send on this. Crossing fingers. They are okay with simultaneous submissions but I think I'll hold off posting it here until I see how this goes. Don't want to jinx myself. 😉 I am pretty happy with it, actually. I think I nailed the style pretty well.

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