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In short you're a scary lot; HALLOWEEN Short Story Competition.

WHEN we asked you to get scary for Halloween, we didn't know what we were letting ourselves in for.

Hundreds of you have got into the spirit of the big day for ghosts and ghouls and put pen to paper for the Evening Telegraph short story competition.

We challenged people to choose one of two opening lines and use 50 words or less to complete a short story.

There are prizes available in two sections - one for 16-year-olds and under and one for adults - with the winner in each taking pounds 30 worth of National Book Tokens and two runners up in each section earning pounds 10 each in tokens.

And it seems Coventry and Warwickshire is full of budding Stephen Kings - with a few comedians thrown in.

We have been inundated with stories full of witches, ghosts, werewolves, skeletons and vampires. Even Count Dracula has made an appearance.

Some have been funny, some have been poetic, some have had a moral, and some have just been downright scary.

Today we print just a few of the many entries and we will be carrying many more over the days to come as we build up to Fright Night itself on October 31, when we will reveal the winners.

So read on - and don't have too many nightmares!

PAUL WHITESIDE, Hayes Lane, Exhall, Coventry Bad idea, taking a short cut through the graveyard at night...

Of course she'd heard about the murder, it kept her up. Walking by the church she heard noise. They were there to get her back. People looking for the corpse that was her. The spirit destined never to die.

JOY BATES, 31, Fretton Close, Coventry Trick or treaters again! Well, this time Mick was ready for them...

He opened the door an inch. Peering through a crack he watched as horrible little children fell into a deep pit. Mick laughed as the children's screams diminished. Taking a small vial of water, he threw it into the pit. Black smoke, demons and wailing emerged. 'It's over.' Mick smiled.

BEVERLEY KERRY, 32, Pavilion Road, llkeston Trick or treaters again! Well, this time Mick was ready for them...

Every year they disturbed Mick's peace and quiet. Not this time! Mick intended to give them a taste of their own medicine. As the kids tiptoed through the graveyard, Mick leapt out with a bloodcurdling howl and laughed as the kids ran screaming. Maybe now, like his gravestone said - Mick could RIP.

WENDY SLEVIN, 50, Dymond Road, Coventry Bad idea, taking a short cut through the graveyard at night...

Clouds obscured the moon, and winter turned to ice. Fingers of fear clutched at Mary's throat, squeezing silently until the world turned black. She fell, woke, startled, relief flooding through - when she felt her satin sheets - and her coffin lid. She screamed a scream that no-one heard.

Doreen Martin, 59, Nailcote Avenue, Tile Hill, Coventry Trick or treaters again! Well, this time Mick was ready for them...

The doorbell rang and Mick went to the door. Peering at him dressed in various costumes were four smiling children. They looked up at him and their faces changed to one of horror. Mick knew - he had taken off his mask!!!!

MICK COLLISTER, 35, London Road, Whitley, Coventry Trick or treaters again! Well, this time Mick was ready for them...

Flinging the door wide open he opened fire with his gun. Blam.. Blam. Two shots ripped into the treater spinning him around before he fell face first into the herbaceous border.

Mick walked over to the cooling body and turned it over revealing the lifeless face of his own brother

Bad idea, taking a short cut through the graveyard at night...

She would have to run and fast, this was not the place to hang around, especially alone. Where had her companion gone? Typical male! leaving her vulnerable.

Then she looked down at her bloodstained hands still holding the knife. Yeah - it had been a bad idea, but not for her.

RICHARD HARTOPP, 34, Highland Road, Coventry Bad idea, taking a short cut through the graveyard at night...

Dad had told her to be home by 10 o'clock. A figure stepped in front of her blocking her path. The fangs, the black cape, this could be only one person - Dracula! Fear gripped her. "You're late," said her father. "Bloomin' kids," he muttered, as together, they swept into the night.

KEVIN TUTCHENER, 41, Gibson Crescent, Bedworth Trick or treaters again! Well, this time Mick was ready for them...

"This year they get nothing!" he thought. The bell rang, Mick jumped up and pulled the door open. "Go awaya" He stopped dead. The mother-in- law stood there, visiting unexpectedly. He looked her up and down. "Good outfit and mask," he said, "Let me get you some sweets."

WILLIAM GUILD, Alverstone Road, Stoke, Coventry Trick or treaters again! Well, this time Mick was ready for them...

He stood behind the door. "Pesky kids," he said. He had a spade in his hand and as the door bell rang he threw the door open and swiped downwards. The gremlin was faster and took out his heart with one swipe. Then it uttered deeply, "Trick?" and laughed.

DOUG BEATTIE, 70, Four Pounds Ave, Coventry Bad idea, taking a short cut through the graveyard at night...

But he did anyway, Halloween or not. The moonlight broke through a break in the clouds and a shaft of light shone on a headstone ahead of him. On it he read his own name and date of birth and the date of death. Today. And the grave was open.

MIKE SHERRATT, 55, Bexfield Close, Allesley Village, Coventry Bad idea, taking a short cut through the graveyard at night...

At the sight of us, in terror, he jumped the cemetery gate, and in the darkness ran unknowingly towards the freshly dug open grave. The Grim Reaper watched and looked puzzled. 'What's wrong?' I said. 'Seems my appointment with that man is going to be earlier than planned,' he replied.

KEVIN WEAVER, 46, Batsford Road, Coundon, Coventry Bad idea, taking a short cut through the graveyard at night...

Moonlight crept across the damp gravestones as he walked uneasily towards the ghostly gothic church. The bells struck 12 as a black clad creature unexpectedly emerged from the darkness. Its actions were quick. The pain was intense. As all around him turned blood red he realised his journey was over.

Trick or treaters again! Well, this time Mick was ready for them...

There was a long agonising squeak as the heavy oak front door inched open. "Trick or tre..." the costume-clad youngsters' customary request was cut short by the sight that confronted them. Screams filled the icy night air. The door slammed shut. The occupant waited for his next Halloween visitors.

JULIE BABER, 39, Minton Road, Potters Green, Coventry Bad idea, taking a short cut through the graveyard at night...

The silence was broken by footsteps other than mine. I turned and saw a shadowy figure moving towards me, a stranger panting heavily. I started to run, oh why was it so dark? I fell screaming. The stranger leant down, a dark breathless voice asked: "Got a light love?"

ROBERT SIMPSON, 53, Bridgeacre Gardens, Coventry Bad idea, taking a short cut through the graveyard at night...

The two voices laughing and talking behind me gave me a start. As I turned to see who was there, a cold shudder passed through me. I was totally alone in the dark. I now believe in ghosts!

RICKY SANDERS, 19, Aldermans Green Road, Coventry Bad idea, taking a short cut through the graveyard at night...

"What was that?" said a terrified Claire. "What?" replied Lucy in terror. A figure appeared for the second time in the distance. The two girls then started to run towards the exit. "Quickly Lucy, it's getting closer." The girls reached the exit, they turned to look back. a vampire appeared...

DAVE MAIDMENT, 18, Chestnut Tree Avenue, Coventry Bad idea, taking a short cut through the graveyard at night...

What preoccupied her mind more than shut out the murk shrouding the fields of death; the crime committed, the life lost, the secret never to be told. It would soon be midnight, so hand-in-hand came the dream world; would an Elysium await her there? She feared not.

MARK RAY, 38, Priory Street, Nuneaton Bad idea, taking a short cut through the graveyard at night...

Especially with Billy the Zombie. She thought it had been a clever idea to raise a zombie as protection from the school bullies. But now she'd learnt a valuable lesson; never take a zombie through a graveyard. All they did was dig up old friends and gossip all night!

KATIE SHILTON, 24, Somerly Close, Coventry Bad idea, taking a short cut through the graveyard at night...

Sam saw the huge black spider emerge from the shadows behind the graves and scuttle towards her, pincers snapping. As Sam turned in terror to run she tripped and fell and as she turned round the spider descended upon her and sunk its fangs into her exposed throat.

STEVE HOPPER, 42, Exhall Road, Keresley End, Coventry Trick or treaters again! Well, this time Mick was ready for them...

His well developed sense of silence and solitude, honed to perfection during the violent years of yob abuse and intimidation, had finally taught him fresh insights into survival. Now was payback. As Alice, nine, and Mick, 11, gingerly rapped the letterbox, their parents watching close by, Mick released the catch.

TONESSA MAKEPEACE, 55, Wyken Avenue, Coventry Bad idea, taking a short cut through the graveyard at night...

But it was the shortest route to the car park, and three large glasses of wine gave her courage. Her eyes were drawn inexplicably to a gravestone, "Susan Jones 25/11/1973 to 31/10/2003 RIP. That's today, how could that be. "I'll get a taxi home instead," Sue decided, feeling suddenly sick.

ANTHONY MILBOURNE, 39, Felton Close, Potters Green, Coventry Trick or treaters again! Well, this time Mick was ready for them...

The chest freezer was ready and empty, the axe and knives were sharp. I even had petrol in the chain saw. It has been a long time since I tasted human flesh. Now I'm just waiting for the trick or treaters to call. Was that the door bell? It Begins.

PATRICIA O'NEILL, 51, Wycliffe Road West, Wyken, Coventry Bad idea, taking a short cut through the graveyard at night...

I heard a noise, something running up behind me. I started to run, it touched me! I screamed then turned around. It was Mick from the pub. He said: "You left your bag behind." I was so mad I hit him with it! Still shaking I walked home.

SAMANTHA GOODMAN, 38, Billing Road, Coventry Bad idea, taking a short cut through the graveyard at night...

But I had nowhere else to go. I lurched through the crypt's open door. In the gloom, past the coffin shelves, I chanced upon a portal in the far wall. I proceeded to the other side and shouted "two pints of lager and a packet of crisps" to the barman.

LEE CHARLISH, 32, Honiton Road, Wyken, Coventry Bad idea, taking a short cut through the graveyard at night...

I remember the crazy old man telling me the gravestones were the Devil's teeth, the sodden grass was his eager tongue and the graveyard was the mouth of hell. The thunder rumbled, so I ran. If that was his stomach grumbling, I didn't want to be his full English breakfast.

KAYE MOORE, 45, Macdonald Road, Wyken, Coventry Trick or treaters again! Well, this time Mick was ready for them...

Forcefully yanking open the front door to confront the latest 'monster', he simultaneously sprayed silly foam whilst grabbing to remove the mask. It was only as his fingers sank deep into the putrifying flesh that he realised that this was indeed the worst idea he'd ever had...!

EMMA HARRIS, 31, Culworth Row, Foleshill Bad idea, taking a short cut through the graveyard at night...

Sharp blades of moonlight pierced the icy hillside, illuminating mossy headstones and frosted earth. She started to run as the soft tinkle of children's laughter curled into her ears. But tiny hands shoved her forwards, toppling her into the small grave, the open coffin snapping her neck as she landed.

LIZ HAWTHORNE, 50, Rookery Lane, Holbrooks Bad idea, taking a short cut through the graveyard at night...

This is what happened. There was a choice of route - walk along a dangerous road with no pavement or through the graveyard! We chose the graveyard. As we were passing a gravestone we heard rustling and moaning. We ran for our lives. It was a couple having a tryst.
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