OUR VIEW: Share with us your scariest, hair-raising tales

Stephen King. Edgar Allan Poe. Bram Stoker. Mary Shelley. R.L. Stine.

These authors are all masters at writing scary stories — “It,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “Dracula,” “Frankenstein” and the Goosebumps and Fear Street series.

Don’t even get us started on scary movies.

Halloween is creeping up on us, and the News Advocate — along with Jermaine Cipcic of Century 21 — is sponsoring a one-night-only showing of the original 1978 film “Halloween.” The movie will be shown at 10 p.m. on Oct. 27 at the Vogue Theatre.

In honor of that partnership, the News Advocate wants to YOU to craft a spooky story of your own and share it with us.

So break out your favorite scary stories told around the campfire and put them on paper. Instead of just frightening your friends around the bonfire, here’s your opportunity to terrify all of Manistee County.

Here’s how it works: Write your best scariest, hair-raising tale and send it to editor Michelle Graves at mgraves@pioneergroup.com or drop it off at the News Advocate office.

The story should be roughly 300 to 1,000 words. The contest is open to all ages. A select number of stories will be published in our Lifestyles section on Oct. 21, prior to the showing of “Halloween” on Oct. 27 at the Vogue Theatre. Additional stories may be published on our website and/or Facebook.

A random drawing will be held for one person to receive a Vogue gift card and News Advocate swag.

The deadline to submit a story is 5 p.m. on Oct. 12.

Although we’re looking for frightening tales, this is a fun event. We are looking for stories that will send a chill up your spine but are still suitable to print in a family newspaper.

And who knows, maybe you will be the next Stephen King or Mary Shelley to keep readers in suspense.

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