Congratulations to Izzy Saint (12) who's story 'The Puppet Master' has been chosen as the best piece of work in the collection. Izzy's hair-raising tale has won her a complete collection of The Spooks Series by Joseph Delaney. Happy reading Izzy! Here is Izzy's winning story ...
The Puppet Master
He called himself the ‘Puppet Master’. And he was. In a way. But his puppets were different. He was an expert at controlling the invisible strings attached to his quick fingers. Making their movements look almost real. Almost. But if one looked closely, there was no life behind those glassy eyes. A defeated limpness behind those delicate precise movements. But these details were not seen by the innocent eyes of a child. They would run by his workshop, then... stop. Mesmerised by the dancing figures at his window. That was his cue. He’d open the battered door. Smile at the children bewitched by his artwork. ‘How would you like to come help me make a new puppet, my young ones?’ Of course this idea seemed delightful to them. And they’d agree without any hesitation.
What was so dangerous about playing with these amazing toys? Would Mummy really be so devastated that they agreed to the old man’s offer? But they didn’t know. They didn’t know what went on behind that door. No one did, really. But we all knew the outcome. It seemed such a coincidence that once a child heads down the isolated street on which the workshop stood, they seemed to mysteriously disappear.
Then a few weeks later, as the parents mourned over the memory of their ‘lost’ child, a new puppet appeared in the workshop window. A puppet with a pair of eyes they never thought they’d see again. A puppet with combed hair they never thought they’d see again. A puppet with a stretched smile on a face they never thought they’d see again. A fake smile, permanently plastered onto the face. A smile to hide the look of horror that the parents never wanted to see behind familiar eyes. The look of death. A life that can no longer be lived. That was the outcome of what went on behind the beaten door. Beaten by small fists and small feet.
He called himself the ‘Puppet Master’. And he was. In a way. But his puppets were different. His puppets were humans.
A huge well done to our 2 runners-up, Reece Shaw (14), The Causeway School, Eastbourne and Elukchana Vivekananthan (12) who each win a fantastic Staedtler writing set!
Thank you to everyone who entered, we thoroughly enjoyed reading your stories and poems.
If you fancy writing a spooky story, then why not check out our Ghost Story competition? It's open to all young writers in the UK aged up to 18 years old. There's great prizes to be won as well as the opportunity to be published!
We look forward to reading your spine-chilling creations ....