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Ghost Story
A hypnotist



If your story is listed below in the top 5, congratulations on advancing to the 2nd Round kicking off at 11:59PM EDT this Thursday, March 17th!  Regardless if your story placed or not, everyone should be proud for rising to the challenge and creating an original story from scratch in just 8 days.  This was our largest field ever and there were many great stories that aren't recognized below.  Thank you to everyone for participating, we hope it was an inspiring experience!

#1 'Going Under' by Kelli Fitzpatrick SYNOPSIS - A hypnotist takes up travel writing and communes with isolated locations. In a desolate valley in Ireland, the spirit of the place becomes all too real.

#2 'The Waterlings ' by Sara Cardoza SYNOPSIS - The new headmaster at reformatory for wayward orphans begins experiencing strange happenings at the school. He suspects the children are the cause of the unsettling events and enlists the help of a hypnotist to uncover the root of the problem.

#3 'There Is No Chocolate Cake' by Rebecca Lane Beittel SYNOPSIS - Veronica Hughesí Psychology Masterís Thesis Proposal: Long-term isolation in a facility with documented on-site death, coupled with repeated sessions of self-hypnosis, should facilitate communication between a living consciousness and one or more non-corporeal [deceased] consciousness(es.) Or, in lay terms: Nikki is planning on spending a long time in an abandoned mental hospital, alone, while hypnotizing herself, to see if she can communicate with ghosts.

#4 'The Shoebox' by Margaret Botney SYNOPSIS - During the worst blizzard in decades, a woman finds herself considering her lonely life and remembering a lost friend. However, as the blizzard rages on, and memories continue to haunt her, she discovers that perhaps her friend is not lost, but rather waiting nearby for a reunion to end all reunions.

#5 'What about Sydney?' by Jennifer Trendowicz SYNOPSIS - A woman is undergoing treatment to help with her struggle with separation from her daughter. Her husband questions her treatment, her health and their future.

#Honorable Mention 'And Now You're Awake' by Tracy Maxwell SYNOPSIS - Madness and longing are in full bloom after Stevenís wife Anne is finally taken by the reaper we call cancer, leaving only her precious dahlias behind as her spiritual proxy. Knowing of Stevenís desperate love and certain heíll retreat from the world, the mesmerizing Anne conjures a selfless plan for her afterlife before giving up the ghost.

#Honorable Mention 'The Curse of the Carousel' by Michael Thomas SYNOPSIS - Regina doesnít believe in ghosts. Still, the one she meets in the balcony of the abandoned Carousel Theater is beginning to scare her just the littlest bitÖ

#Honorable Mention 'The Lady in White' by Evan Donnellan SYNOPSIS - A man visits the theater he grew up in and painful memories of his lost love resurface.


           Heat Last Name First Name City State / Province Country
26 Beck Sammy Wichita KS US
26 Becker Jack New York NY US
26 Bertrand N Houston TX US
26 Botney Margaret Fanwood NJ US
26 Burroughs Kelly Montreal QC CA
26 Cardoza Sara San Diego CA US
26 Carpenter Laurie Ann Arbor MI US
26 Cooper Andrea Brighton CO US
26 Decky Brian voorhees NJ US
26 Donnellan Evan Ronkonkoma NY US
26 Emond Cate Cold Lake AB CA
26 Filiault Jack Woodbridge VA US
26 Fitzpatrick Kelli Harrison MI US
26 Glick Jennifer Brooklyn NY US
26 Harris Mandi Hayden ID US
26 James Jaime Fairbanks AK US
26 Kelly Francis Henrico VA US
26 Lane Beittel Rebecca Aberdeen NC US
26 Lara Hector Riverside CA US
26 Lenow Nate Memphis TN US
26 Lerner Jason Beverly Hills CA US
26 Loman James Tryon NC US
26 Maher Sean Altadena CA US
26 Mairs Tom Calgary AB CA
26 Maxwell Tracy Edmonds WA US
26 Noble Kristy Perth WA AU
26 Soeterik Sasha Toronto ON CA
26 Straus Drew Los Angeles CA US
26 Stuve Jennifer Aurora CO US
26 Thomas Michael Denver CO US
26 Trendowicz Jennifer RALEIGH NC US
26 Viana Camila El Paso TX US
26 Ward Anna Sammamish WA US
26 Williamson Tamara OAKLAND CA US
26 Wong Brenda Los Angeles CA US







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