Not to “spook” our readers, but the Cleveland Daily Banner hopes to feature a collection of authentic ghost stories in the Wednesday, Oct. 31, edition in observance of Halloween.But there’s a …
Not to “spook” our readers, but the Cleveland Daily Banner hopes to feature a collection of authentic ghost stories in the Wednesday, Oct. 31, edition in observance of Halloween.
But there’s a catch.
They have to be real; at least, from the perspective of the contributing writers. No fiction. In other words, these must be stories as written by Banner readers who believe they have personally encountered a paranormal or supernatural experience.
In writing about what you have reportedly encountered, you don’t have to be able to prove it; however, you must be willing to write about it yourself and have your name published with the story. Sorry, but anonymous contributions will NOT be accepted.
Deadline for articles will be Friday, Oct. 26. Submissions should be emailed to our newspaper. This will expedite the publishing process because it will avoid our having to re-type written pieces that are furnished on paper.
Story length should be 500 to 700 words, or shorter. Flexibility will be given depending on the writer’s content and newspaper space constraints on that date.
Submissions will be edited for punctuation, grammar, spelling, clarity and content; however, the writer’s message or general theme will not be altered.
At this time of year, ghost stories run rampant, whether in the Cleveland and Bradley County community or another. But most are works of fiction and the result of a vivid imagination intended to scare. These contributions, however, should be based on what the writer believes was a real experience.
Here are some possible examples:
• Unexplained voices in a house heard by the writer, and perhaps by others.
• Inanimate objects that seemingly move on their own … chairs, picture frames or figurines, to name just a few.
• Translucent images that can’t be explained, whether of people or something else.
• Noises like creaks, bumps, footsteps or even moans, groans or whimpers that have no apparent cause.
• Lights that flicker without a known cause.
Ghost stories are a part of American folklore and most families have a legend or claim or anomaly that has been handed down for generations. While most probably are just fable or exaggerations, there’s always the one, or the two or three, that leaves room for debate … or, at the very least, reasonable suspicion.
Have you had odd encounters?
Do you think you’ve seen, or heard, something that just can’t be explained?
Are you convinced you’ve witnessed a phenomenon that’s just too weird?
If so, write about it. Send us your story and we’ll consider it for publication on Halloween. If you have questions, call us. If you’re afraid people will think you’re off your rocker, consult a friend.
The bottom line: You have to believe what you saw or heard or felt defies the ordinary. And, you have to be willing to sign your name.
Again, stories must be submitted by Friday, Oct. 26, and sent to us by email. Also, send us a phone number in case we have questions (but the numbers will NOT be published).
Obviously, if we receive no submissions then this unique Halloween feature won’t happen.
It will depend on the writers, and their willingness to write their stories and to have them told.
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