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October 7, 2013

10/06/2013 — Lee Ward: Time for readers to write: Scary Stories

ASHLAND — Except for the way the mold assaults my sinuses, I enjoy autumn with the crisp air, colorful landscapes, fall festivals and, most of all, Halloween.

Every year, The Independent asks readers to send in their favorite scary stories and this year is no exception.

Readers are encouraged to send in their scary stories, which we will compile and print in the Oct. 27 edition.

They can be stories you tell around the campfire or urban legends or stories handed down from your parents or grandparents. They can be scary, real-life experiences or unexplained phenomenon. They can include zombies, ghosts, witches, aliens, unsolved murders, vampires or the crazy person who lives on your block.

One Halloween I wrote the story my grandmother told about a stranger dressed in black walking down the dirt road in front of her childhood home in Virginia.

Her brother had had an accident while working in the fields and he was bleeding to death. As the stranger passed, he called her mother by name.

“Go back to the boy. He’s fine now,” the stranger advised.

She returned to her son to find the bleeding had stopped and the injury appeared minor.

It’s not the best scary story, but it’s all I’ve got. I’m sure there are many readers who can top it, and I’m invite them to try.

Everyone who submits a scary story will be entered in a drawing for a Halloween gift bag which includes some scary movies, books and snacks to enjoy with them.

There are a couple of rules:

‰Mail your story to Scary Stories, The Independent, P.O. Box 311, Ashland, KY 41101; email your stories to lward@dailyindependent.com; fax your stories to (606) 326-2678; or drop them off at 226 17th St.

‰We must receive your stories by Oct. 20. They will be published Oct. 27 in the Lifestyles section. The winner of the gift basket will be announced at that time.

Good luck to all the readers and writers who enter. I can’t wait to read your work.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.

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