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.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.
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.
(Picture: CC 2008 by Arnar Valdimarsson)