Is that a tickle you feel in the back of your throat?
Welcome to Advent Ghosts 2015, ISLF’s seventh annual shared storytelling event. Every year, friends of this blog gather to recognize an old Advent tradition. Like M.R. James, Charles Dickens, and countless families around countless hearths down countless years, we share creepy tales with one another in the days before Christmas. But rather than go the traditional route with long stories told on Christmas Eve, we post 100-word drabbles on the weekend prior to the holiday. Everyone is invited, and the details of how to join in are as follows:
1) Email me at ISawLightningFall [at] gmail [dot] com if you’d like to participate.Despite the title, you don’t have to include any ghostly content in your story. Write a mystery. Write a bizarre domestic drama. Write about the farthest reaches of space. Write something so abnormal, accursed, and eldritch that its indescribably foetid loathsomeness would make Lovecraft himself shake in his boots. Just write. Or better yet, start by checking out last year’s event to get an idea of what others have contributed in the past. Who knows what lies out beyond the quarantine’s cordon ...
2) Pen a story that’s creepy or scary or somehow makes your spine want to detach itself from your neck. Just make sure it’s exactly 100-words long—no more, no less.
3) Post the story to your blog on Saturday, December 19 and email the link to me. Hosting on ISLF is available for those without blogs or anyone who wants to write under a pseudonym.
4) Though I’ll never censor someone else’s work, I reserve the right to place a content warning on more extreme tales. Just so you know.
(Picture: CC 2009 by Loïc Dupasquier)