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    Flesh and Blood – Simon Cheshire

    “I didn’t want things to turn out this way. I really didn’t.  There have been deaths, and worse. Even if there’s no blood on my hands, not directly. I have to face the consequences of my actions, of what I did do. If events had happened differently, if I hadn’t been so intent on following my theories, then perhaps I wouldn’t be here now, sitting at this desk, writing out what some might see as a confession.”  Sam is new in town, moving onto one of the best streets Hadlington has to offer is more than his parents could have dreamed of months ago. But its turning into Sam’s nightmares.…

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    Frozen Charlotte – Alex Bell

    “The girls were playing with the Frozen Charlotte dolls again.  The schoolmistress had given them some scraps of fabric and ribbon from the sewing room to take out to the garden. They were to practice their embroidery skills by making little dresses and bonnets for the naked porcelain dolls. “They’ll catch their death of cold otherwise,” the teacher had said.” When Sophie and her friend try out an ouija board she expects nothing to come of it, but calling out the spirit of her dead cousin brings along questions she never thought she’d have. Now her best friend is dead and she’s off to spend two weeks in her uncles’…

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    Say Her Name – James Dawson

    “Drip, drip, drip.  Drip, drip, drip.  Drip, drip, drip.  This was really starting to get on her nerves. Taylor Keane tightened the kitchen tap with all her might, even using a tea towel to gain a better grip, but the relentless dripping continued. Where it was coming from? Leaning over the sink, she twisted the handle and threw the window open, snaking her arm through the opening and into the balmy night air. She held out her open palm. It wasn’t even spitting.”  Bobbie doesn’t believe in ghosts. She certainly doesn’t believe that her boarding school is the place where the Bloody Mary legend began, like Sadie is saying. To…

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    Through Dead Eyes – Chris Priestley

    “The plane dipped out of dazzling sunshine into a grey mass of cloud. Beads of rainwater scurried diagonally down the glass, trembling as they did so. The wing tip was obscured and revealed and obscured once again in rapid succession as the plane descended through the formless murk of cloud, until a darkened landscape was laid out beneath them.”  Arriving in a dark, damp Amsterdam, Alex isn’t convinced this trip will be any fun. His dad will be spending most of the time working and he’ll be bored. That is until he finds out Angelien, his dad’s editor’s daughter, has offered to keep him company. On their first day in…

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    Trick or Treat – Richie Tankersley Cusick

    “‘Okay, how about this? Spirits in torment! Do they really come back to the scenes of their tragedies? Bound there forever, even in death?’  Martha stared out at the deepening twilight, the rolling hillsides so unfamiliar, the trees nearly stripped by October winds. In spite of the station wagon’s stuffy interior, she shivered. ‘Dad, do we have to talk about that now?’” Martha doesn’t like the fact her dad decided to marry Sally, she doesn’t like the fact she now has to live with Sally and her creepy son Conor. But most of all she doesn’t like the fact that to live with them, her father has packed up their…