Sunday, November 25, 2012

Shared Storytelling: Advent Ghosts 2012

Light is the first thing to go as we near the year's nadir, the days dimming earlier and breaking later. The dark is truly rising. So as Advent approaches, flip every switch in the house, break out the blankets and steel yourself to outlast the gloom. But in all your preparations, pause for a moment, just long enough to peer up into a firmament black and cold as flint. See the frosty flecks of stars? See how the borealis coils its frigid fire around them, eldritch and writhing? What speech do they pour forth to us, and what unearthly knowledge do they show night after endless night?

Come, come. Don't be shy. Tell us: What did they say to you?

Welcome to Advent Ghosts 2012, the fourth annual shared storytelling event at ISLF. For the newcomers among us, the Advent Ghosts events aim to recreate the old tradition of telling spooky stories around the hearth at Christmas Eve, only in an abbreviated form. Think of distilling the creepiness found in the tales of, say, M.R. James or Charles Dickens into a piece of flash fiction. All are invited, and we truly hope all will attend. The finer points? Thanks for asking:

1.) If you want to contribute, email ISawLightningFall [at] gmail [dot] com.
2.) Write a spooky piece of flash fiction exactly 100-words long -- no more, no less.
3.) Post your story to your blog on December 22 and email the link to me. (Please note that this is a different date than previous years, primarily because I fear my family will consume me utterly should I spend another Christmas Eve linking to all your delightful horrors.) Hosting can be arranged for those who don't have their own blogs.
Another thing for the newly initiated: Although this event has the word "ghost" in its title, you do not necessarily have to write a ghost story. Sure, some folks like to pen stories where things go bump in the night. But others prefer tales where slavering horrors crouch just beyond the firelight's throw, waiting for the embers to die. Others love eerie SF or grim noir or unusual takes on traditional religious stories. Heck, a few even enjoy the literary stuff. Genre matters less than tone. So write what you want, just make sure it causes our neck hairs to rise. Why not check out our 2009, 2010 and 2011 events while you're at it? Just be careful: Ghosts often appear in the most unexpected places.

(Picture: CC 2008 by Arnar Valdimarsson)

20 comments:

B. Nagel said...

I'm in.

Elizabeth Gaucher said...

I'm in, brother.

Donna Hole said...

I put this in my sidebar and I'm sure I'll participate.

......dhole

strugglingwriter said...

I can't wait!

Simon Kewin said...

Oh, yes, can't resist...

scott g.f.bailey said...

Count me in.

Loren Eaton said...

B.,

Huzzah!

Loren Eaton said...

Elizabeth,

Hooray!

Loren Eaton said...

Donna,

You're awesome, madam. Many thanks.

Loren Eaton said...

SW,

Me either!

Loren Eaton said...

Simon,

I look forward to this every year. Glad you're onboad.

Loren Eaton said...

Scott,

Wonderful!

Guilie said...

Sounds wonderful! I'll do my best to participate.

Loren Eaton said...

Awesome!

Tony said...

Always in!

Loren Eaton said...

Always glad!

Chestertonian Rambler said...

I'm in. Also, for inspiration:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3cfUolJxYg

This meditation on commercialism, idolatry, wealth, innocence and judgment seems like a nice setup for a delightfully post-apocalyptic Christmas.

Loren Eaton said...

As long as we're linking to Sufjan Stevens, we might as well include this one ...

Joe DAgnese said...

Yes, indeed!

Loren Eaton said...

Awesome ...