It’s time for this year’s Halloween Round Robin! And this year we have not one but TWO fabulously spooky tales written collaboratively by eight talented Choc Lit and Ruby Fiction authors to share with you 👻 We’ll be sharing one today and one tomorrow – keep an eye on the blog so you don’t miss out!
Today’s story has been started off by Lynda Stacey and we’ll be sharing three other parts by other authors throughout the day. Come back every hour until 2pm to read a new extract AND enter competitions to win chocolate & book prizes. Alternatively you can wait until all parts have been put up and read the story in its entirety!
Each author taking part has no idea where their part of the story will go, which leads to a few spooky surprises along the way. But you’ll need to read on to find out more 😉
Remember to read right until the end to find details of the competition!
A ROCKY HORROR HALLOWEEN – PART 1 BY LYNDA STACEY
Bella drove slowly. The road was dark, the moon barely visible between the dark looming clouds, and, to top it all off, it looked like it was about to rain. The satnav had packed up early on in the journey and she’d been left to search alone and without direction.
For the fourth time in ten minutes she picked up the invitation from the front seat of the car and read the words. ‘The Old Rectory, Cemetery Road, Ugerthwaite’.
She raised an eyebrow. ‘Of course, The Rectory, where else would they hold a Halloween party?’ she whispered to herself as she gently put her foot down on the accelerator and continued to trundle along, checking each house for a name as she went.
Sighing, she looked up and down the road in the hope that someone would walk past, but typically the road was empty of any living form, all apart from a small black cat that suddenly ran in front of her car, forcing her to hit the brakes. ‘What the …’ She took in a deep breath and composed herself.
‘Okay, I’ll give it five more minutes and if I haven’t found this stupid party by then, I’m going home.’ She thought of her comfy cottage, of the log fire, the big fluffy rug and the soft, homely lighting. ‘I can’t believe I gave all that up for this …’ she paused, pulled the car to the edge of the road and once again began to read the house names. ‘In fact, what is this exactly? A weekend away with people you did a production of the Rocky Horror Show with on the last day of school. People you haven’t seen since and who you probably wouldn’t recognise if you walked past them in the supermarket.’ She thought of the last time they’d been together and laughed. Their state of dress, or undress, had been questionable, and the make-up had been insane. She had to admit, it had been fun. But it had all happened such a long time ago. They were all different people now. The teenagers she’d known would be gone and, in their place, would be grown-ups. Most would have children, husbands, wives and dreaded mortgages all of their own.
She tried to come up with a good reason for why she’d come and couldn’t think of any except, well … she was intrigued. ‘The ten-year anniversary of the Rocky Horror Halloween Party,’ the invitation had said. ‘Come and join the class of 2008, for a weekend of recollection, fun, laughter and of course … murder.’ She nodded and remembered how quickly she’d responded to the RSVP, unable to resist the idea of a high school reunion with a twist.
She tried to think of the names, of those that had taken part in the production. Had there been a Ben, a Chloe, a Kate … or had it been Katie.? She attempted to think of the others but couldn’t. There had definitely been eight of them, which left four whose names must have completely slipped her mind. Wait, wasn’t there a Justin.? Her mind spun out of control, her heart rate quickened. She shouldn’t have come, she wanted to go home, and she was just about to turn the car around when the name plate of the Old Rectory finally came into view.
The name was barely visible, etched into a small brass plate that looked like it hadn’t been polished for years, and as she turned in through the gates, she quickly came to the conclusion that the driveway looked just as unloved. Weeds grew through the block paving, bushes grew haphazardly, and the house loomed up in the distance, old and gothic with just one tiny light illuminating a small downstairs window.
‘Okay, maybe I really should go home.’ She pulled the car to a stop and squinted through the darkness. She could see four other cars. All were already parked to one side of the house and she debated the idea of simply turning around, leaving and sending an email of apology saying she’d been taken unwell. But as she pondered the thought, the huge wooden front door swung open and a tall, broad man stood in its entrance.
‘Bella, so pleased you could make it. Do come in, we’re all in the kitchen.’ He pointed to the house, ‘Got a bit of a power cut going on.’ He paused and laughed, ‘I’m sure it’ll be sorted soon.’ He skipped down the stone steps to meet her, ‘Are the bags in the boot? I’ll get them for you.’
Bella clicked open the boot as she climbed out of the car. Her mind whirling around as she tried to place the man. She was sure they’d never met, and she stood, open-mouthed staring as he pulled her suitcase from the boot.
‘Oh, you do remember me, don’t you?’ He walked on ahead without introducing himself and began to climb the steps that led to the front door. ‘Come on, the others are in here. They’re dying to see you.’
Well done Lynda! A very promisingly spooky start to our first Halloween Round Robin of 2018. We can’t wait to see where this one goes and it’ll be up to Caroline James to continue the story. Keep an eye for her part coming up very soon!
If you enjoyed Lynda’s writing, you can find her books available to purchase from all good online book stockists and retailers – and her Christmas book, House of Christmas Secrets, will be out in paperback very soon! Click the image below for purchasing options.
To be in with a chance of winning a Lynda Stacey paperback and some chocolate simply answer the question below (we hope you’ve been reading carefully!):
Which year did the original ‘Rocky Horror Halloween Party’ Bella attended happen?
To enter, send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading ‘Round Robin Lynda Stacey comp’ by Friday 2nd November. The winner will be picked at random and announced on Monday 5th November.