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7th January 2017

© Brentwood Writers' Circle - January 2017

Ghost Stories

Members read their ghost stories by candlelight.

Colin Taylor was first up with a story entitled, ‘Space Suit Angels’, a futuristic tale about a space traveller who called upon angels when encountering an emergency in space but who became fearful that his dilemma was in fact punishment for a previous wrong deed.

Patrick Forsyth followed with, ‘A Good Read’, a story about two ghosts who had both met their demise in a library and in which they were now held in limbo. Both men were perplexed at the contradictory circumstances of their spiritual existence, particularly the hang-overs each of them were suffering from. The dreadful twist to the tale was the necessity to read all the Geoffrey Archer books on the shelves before they could truly pass on.

Frances Clamp read, ‘Time Shift’, a touching tale about a grandfather who was surprised to receive a Christmas card depicting children he did not recognise. The incident marked the passing of his wife who was able to introduce him to the grandchildren he had never known.

Claire Buckle’s tale was about a music box discovered in an attic that had started mysteriously playing. The music box was returned to the former tenant of the house, an old lady who had moved into a care home, but she had recently died and a now a further figure appeared, dancing within the box.

Michael Weir read, ‘It’s Time’, which described attempts to make contact with the afterlife and a much missed girlfriend who had passed away.

Mick Nash’s story, ‘Ghost In A Pub Cellar’, re-introduced us to a character who is able to see and converse with the dead. The story described the deadly consequences of stacking beer barrels in a dangerous manner.

Marina Moffat’s story was based on her own experience of losing someone close, of fond recollections and how dreams can help comfort and reveal ways of coping with the death of loved ones.

Chris Sutton read ‘Santa’s Baby’. When Santa finds what he supposes is a still-born baby in a cemetery and takes it home there is an unexpected development and Santa is able to deliver the best ever gift to the baby’s parents.

Finally Dawn Knox read ‘The Last Tango’, in which a lady taking part in a dance competition dances with her last and most formidable partner.

Julie Gowers