The Southern is looking for the spirit of Christmas – that’s the ghostly kind of spirit of Christmas.
We want readers to tingle our spines and make our hair stand on end with a 1,000-word scary tale on a Christmas theme.
Let your imagination run wild. Or maybe you don’t need your imagination – perhaps you have had a genuine haunting experience that you can share with us.
Strangely enough, telling ghost stories was once a big part of Christmas Eve – long before televsion came on the scene .
Ghost stories were not the prerogative of writers such as Charles Dickens and M.R. James.
Families used to gather around the fireside on Christmas Eve and see who could conjure up the scariest ghost story of the night. Remember the line of It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, by top crooner Andy Williams … “There’ll be scary ghost stories, and tales of the glories, of Christmases long, long ago”?
And now we’re looking for spirited writers in two age categories – 15 and under, and 16 and over.
We will select a winner and runner-up in each section and their spooky stories will be published in our Christmas edition. And videos of their stories being read by two local actors will be posted online.
Send your entries to email@example.com by Monday, December 7, and make sure you include your age group and contact details, including your address and a daytime phone number.