What Lies Beneath is a spook-tacular collection of ghost stories written by under 11s. We're delighted to announce the winner as LeAnn Stewart from Nottingham! LeAnn's story ' A Ghost Tale' has won her the Raven Mysteries series by Marcus Sedgwick! Congratulations LeAnn!
Here is LeAnn's winning story:
A Ghost's Tale
I silently crept down the rickety stairs, fear pounding through my head. Strange noises were echoing from the drawing room, they had been going on for weeks. I peered out of the window, dark shadows danced under the moonlight, concealing unimaginable danger.
As I stared out into the inky blackness, a small figure scurried towards me, coming closer, closer. My breath escaped from my lungs, my heart skipped a beat. I wanted to look away but I couldn't! Finally I managed to tear away my eyes, but being the duffer I am I stumbled over the lacy hem of my night gown and dropped my candle. I was in complete darkness.
'What's going on!'
The lights switched on and a woman dressed in strange clothing came out of the drawing room. I tried to crouch as low as possible, but it didn't escape the beady eyes of the woman, she scanned the hallway, her eyes getting closer to my hiding place every single second...
Screaming, I ran all the way back up to my chamber. I mean, it's normal to be afraid of other humans, but for crying out loud I'm a ghost!
© LeAnn Stewart, 2015
Congratulations to our runners-up, Janine Domingo from Surrey and Aisha Warmington from Birmingham, who each win a Stadtler home office set and a pack of Triplus Fineliners - happy creating! Here are their winning words...
A Spooky Halloween
The cold and rough walls were filled with cobwebs, and every time one of the doors or windows opened, there was a loud creak. Stacy was petrified and she hung onto Lucas. No one was brave enough to show up to whoever was there.
'Can't we just go home?' Jamie asked, trembling. She was the youngest.
'It's getting a little late for trick or treating and I'm really scared!'
Suddenly, a voice came out of nowhere.
'Get out! Get out!'
Now they were really petrified. The voice continued, 'Get out! Get out! I can see you, argh!'
'Lucas, do something, you're the oldest!' Stacy pleaded.
The light began to sizzle. BANG! All of the lights went out; all that was left was darkness...
All the vases and furniture of the house began to crash to the ground. The children started to screech. The voice came out again.
Who kept shouting that?
It was time for Lucas to confront whoever was there. He yelled, 'Come out you beast!' The door had already swung open; a woman was there...
'I'm sorry kids, you just wanted some candy! I can explain everything,' the woman went on, 'I was shouting at a spider, the furniture was my cat and the light isn't working!'
That explained everything!
'Well, thanks for the candy but we'll be well on our way!' Lucas said as they made their way home.
Well, what a story this was! The woman smiled deviously, then left...
© Janine Domingo (10)
The Wimpiest Ghost Ever
Hello! My name is Joanie. I get teased at school. My wish is to prove them all wrong, to prove I'm not 'pathetic' or the 'wimpiest ghost ever.' You see, the problem is I'm scared of humans. That's right - I'm a ghost who is scared of people.
Every dark night when I go to brush my teeth, I pray I won't bump into any of 'them!' Each step is a shock-horror. I wince once a second. Sometimes, I have to get mama or pop to take me up. I feel silly and not scary at all. I'm sure if I appeared at the window in my white sheet or slithered up through the floor boards any human would laugh, wouldn't they?
I try so hard at Ghost School but end up looking like a clown instead of a ghoul. In ghost chemistry class when we made potions to turn us invisible, I just went green. In haunting class I never get my 'Whoo' right. And I got banned from the ghost train for being too friendly.
Oh how I wish I could go 'Whoo' like my friend Maddy the Mummy or jump out of the wardrobe like Rory the Vampire. I'm a polite and well behaved ghost but what good is that?
Do you think I'm scary? Hey, why have you turned so pale? Do you think I'm creepy? Hey, why are you shaking? Do you think...
Hey, come back, human, come back!
© Aisha Warmington (8)
A huge thank you to everyone who took part, we look forward to reading more of your hair-raising tales in the future!