The Perse School

Student’s spine chilling tale to be published

23 Jun 2016

Student Stephanie Clarke’s short story has been selected for publication by Young Writers. The Year 8 student – a keen member of our Creative Writing Club – entered the organisation’s Spine Chillers competition with her piece entitled ‘Twilight Figures’.

According to Young Writers, ‘There’s nothing better than reading a thrilling story, one that grips you so tightly and puts your senses on alert simply through the power of words. Spine-Chillers is a fantastic way to get students writing in this way by using tension, suspense and atmosphere’. Budding authors are asked to write a ‘mini saga’ of no more than 100 words.

Here is Steph’s entry:

Weeds snaked about my ankles. Mist crept through the cracks in the tumbledown walls. A strangled scream from the woods made me shudder violently. I heard a distorted, mocking cackle echo and I shrank back in terror. My foot hit something rotten and putrid as a pair of icy cold hands slithered around my throat. Frozen in the chilling grasp I watched as hooded, ghastly figures emerged into the twilight from the depths of the forest. I wailed; high pitched and verging on hysteria. The figures were skeletal and inhuman, drifting closer, screeching-

I was helpless as horror consumed me.


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