Spooky Stories: Tales from the pumpkin patch

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These are some of the stories written by students as part of our Spooky Stories competition. The challenge was to write the story within a limit of fifty words.

Year7

Silent eyes watching.

A girl sighs as she washes her hands in the bathroom sink. She looks in the mirror, nothing but herself staring back. Whirling, a scream escapes her lips. The new girl standing there is smiling. Silence. Red spilling onto the floor. A message written in blood-

“You’re next!”

By Trinity  Barr-Thompson (Winning entry)
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The last thing I saw was my alarm clock flashing 3:07 am before she pushed her long rotting finger nails through my chest, her other hand muffling my screams. I woke up screaming, and saw my alarm clock flashing 3:07 and my door creaking open…….

by Kirralee Azzopardi
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It was the night of Halloween and young James wanted to go trick-or-treating with his friends. His Mum said “no” but James snuck out anyway. He was wandering through the streets looking for his friends and soon he found himself lost in a dark alley. Screaming and screaming he is still there today!

By Sarah Vague

Year 8

He stumbled towards me and I froze in terror, unable to peel my eyes away. His eyes, sunken pools. I recoiled as the stench of his rotting body reached me. Never had I imagined the apocalypse would start here. My brother, the first victim. And I, soon to be second!

by Paris Lindner (Winning entry)
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Lonely Boy

The blood drips and the cold tiles gleam. But no one is to be seen to help the lonely boy on 41 Brooklyn Street. The vivid scratching at the old, oak door means it’s time for him to leave before he is nothing more than a pile of organs on the floor. As he turns to run, the rusted knob starts to thrust from side to side. Finally, the door swings wide – Lonely boy’s screams filling the night!

By Jade Aitken

Year 9

As three girls sit in front of a Ouija board. They ask “Are there any spirits here?” They suddenly feel a dark presence over their hands as it moves towards “yes.” They continue to ask, “What is your name?” The spirit leads them to a G followed by UESS. Charlotte jokingly says, “Satan?” The board quickly jolts yes. Suddenly Lucy and Amber turn to find Charlotte on the ground with her eyes rolled back. They scream and run over to help, but it is too late! The spirit still lingered.
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No one had entered the house for years. No one ever came out alive. The door seemed to be a magnet, pulling him closer. As the door slammed behind him, all that was heard was a scream and a loud swallowing sound made by the house!

Sarah Grimson

Year 10

Something cold brushes my hand. I snatch it to my chest. Breathing laboured, my eyes flick frantically back and forth, trying to make out the gnarled, twisted silhouettes reaching towards me in the darkness. My breath catches. Long, thin shapes wrap firmly around my neck from behind. “Shh, don’t move!”

By Caitlyn Mulcahy
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Withering leaves with a silver coating, broken windows, and shattered doors;

Crimson stains on the lounge room carpet, dusty clothing, complexes with vacant floors.

A mundane world of repletion. Repetition of nothing at all.

Oh, what a sad sight is this planet; the planet earth and its broken soul.

By Madeline Mac Namara

Year 11

She eyed her reflection with terrorised eyes, her simple unassuming reflection in the mirror.

Yet its eyes turned dark.

“Go away!”

Her voice – quivering, quiet, broken at the end.

And her reflection smiled a wide, sadistic grin.

By Isabella Zammit (winning entry)

MSM READS & Library Lovers’ List 26th October

Our last MSM READS for the year takes place this Friday during extended Home Room time, which coincides with Spooky Stories Week. We’ve been enjoying reading the entries in our MSM READS competition where students have been asked to write a “Spooky Story” of no more than 50 words.

Here are our latest Staff Picks and Library Lovers’ List.

blink-and-you-die

Our Junior Fiction Pick is Blink and you die, the finale in the Ruby Redfort series by  Lauren Child. This is a classic detective novel following the style of many previous girl-detective stories like Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew. The gripping story lines and endearing cast of characters have managed to hold our attention right to the end. If you’ve enjoyed this series, we recommend the Friday Barnes series by R. A. Spratt or Every breath by Ellie Marney.

the-cursed-child

Our second recommendation is The cursed child, a play written by Jack Thorne, based on an original new story by Thorne, J. K. Rowling and John Tiffany. Diehard Harry Potter fans have been waiting for something like this but does it live up to expectations? Well the answer is yes and no. For a start this is a play and it reads well and secondly, while it draws on characters from the original story it is its own creature. On the plus side the dialogue is often funny and the narrative delves more deeply into the relationships between the characters. We’ve all wondered what would happen to Harry and his friends but did we need that question answered? Is this just a fan fiction aberration or a genuine addition to the Harry Potter legacy? As you can see there are more questions than answers.

  Title Author Genre Call No.
The Cursed child Thorne, Jack Rowling, J.K Fantasy : Play F THO
Spain or shine Jellen, Michelle Travel F STU
Blue dog De Bernieres, Louis Animals F DEB
Blink and you die : Ruby Redfort (bk 6) Child, Lauren  

Mystery

F CHI
The secret diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 years old Groen, Hendrik Comedy F GRO
The Joyce girl Abbs, Annabel Relationships F ABB
Leave me Forman, Gayle Family F FOR