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Released as an Extra to the latest edition of Haunted Digital Magazine Issue X, the Xtra features to emerging authors short works.

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  • Introduction

    The paranormal has many sides to it; my fascination with all things spooky started when I read a compilation of ghost stories edited by Peter Haining, who was himself a prolific writer and ghosthunter. His compilation included classic ghost stories from revered authors like M.R. James and Algernon Blackwood but he was wise enough to let the reader enjoy new ghost stories from brand new writers.

    Sadly, Peter is no longer with us, but in keeping with his tradition we enclose two stories; one from a writer who has been writing dark, paranormal stories for many a year, our good friend Anthony Crowley and a new young, up and coming writer, Jamie Armstrong.

    They say that everyone has a story, a novel or a book in them!! Please enjoy.

    Paul Stevenson

    Editor, Haunted Digital Magazine

    April, 2014

  • Seasonal Spirits: The Spirit of winterJamie Armstrong

    The Gathering Anthony Crowley

    Haunted Digital Magazine Issue X - Page 1

  • Hi my name is Jamie Armstrong I am 20 years old and I live in Derbyshire. My favourite hobbies are writing and acting. I have 2 rabbis and I live at home with my mum dad and sister. I am currently on an IT course at Derby College. I love dogs trust charities and Im also in a local drama pantomime group which raises money for different charities.

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  • Seasonal Spirits: The Spirit of

    winter

    Jamie Armstrong

    18 year old twins Hannah and Samuel gazed through the car windows as they drew up to a huge set of gates, which once must have looked magnificent, but now looked very sorry for themselves, hanging off their hinges with rashes of rust breaking out on their once shiny paintwork. It was the start of the Christmas holidays and as the car drove through the gates Hannah and Sam got their first glimpse of the mansion their parents had bought at a very cheap price. The house had stood empty for many years and looked bleak and forlorn against the grey winter sky. Come on said their father noticing Hannah shivering, lets go inside get warm and have some tea. The inside of the house looked as sorry as it did on the outside. The entrance hall was huge, a splendid staircase stretching up out of it, but the paintwork was shabby and peeling. One or two floorboards were missing and the pane of glass in the window was cracked.

    A couple of times, Hannah glanced up the stairs. She had the strangest feeling that someone was watching them all. A cold draft wound itself round her legs and suddenly a door shut with a loud bang making them all jump. Winds getting up said her dad cheerfully, lets go to the kitchen mother has a wonderful fire going. Hannah and Sam were delighted to see their mother after spending the last 12 weeks at university. A hot meal on the table and the fire burning brightly in the grate, helped to dispel the gloom of the old house. The twins chattered away to their parents, telling them all that happened over the last term, but again Hannah had the strangest feeling they were not alone. A shadow seemed to have

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  • formed in the corner of the room by the old range. She was distracted however when a piece of coal shot out of the fire landing on the rug. After tea their mother showed Sam and Hannah to their rooms.

    There are 6 bedrooms in total explained their mother all in a state of disrepair, these are the least shabby. Dad and I will have them all renovated in no time though, so please make the best of things my dears; we want us all to have a good Christmas.

    There was almost a sense of pleading in her voice as she said it. She went out shutting the door of Sams room behind her. Sam and Hannah sat down on the bed and they looked at each other.

    I hate this house said Hannah dismally.

    Im sure this house is haunted.

    It will be fine once its done up said Sam trying to comfort her and he continued calmly, I dont believe in ghosts.

    But what about the door slamming and the burning coal and the sense of someone watching us and OMG whats that?!

    A strange tapping noise was heard coming from the window. Sam strode to the window flinging it open and gazing out into the dark gloomy garden. He then saw some ivy, blown by the wind, tapping on the glass window he had just opened.

    Dont worry Hannah he said pulling the ivy off and showing it to her.

    Its only Ivy, the whole house is covered in it and I saw it when we came in earlier. And he closed the window cutting off the icy wind blowing in from outside and drew the curtains shut.

    Why dont you go and unpack he said Ill be next door if you need me

    Ok Hannah said Im going to go for a nice long hot bath, catch you later.

    She walked out and strode to the bathroom and ran some hot water from the cranky old taps. No one had used them for a very long time, but the bath had been cleaned and mother had left bottles of scented bubble bath for her to use. Soon Hannah was soaking in a warm relaxing bath, dreaming about the

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  • holiday she had planned for the summer. Suddenly she heard a low whisper

    Help me, help me.

    The sound came from close by. Her eyes shot open and she sat bolt upright.

    Sam she said if thats you I dont think its funny.

    She glared and then realised the room was empty and the door was locked. Her heart beating fast she turned her head, looking carefully around the whole room. As her eyes alighted upon the mirror she screamed in terror, for in the steamy glass a message appeared Help me. She got out of the bath, grabbing her bathrobe, nearly slipping over on the damp floor in her efforts to reach the door and escape from the room. There was the sound of running footsteps as her mother and brother both arrived outside her door, having heard her screams.

    Are you alright? they called urgently.

    Hannah unlocked the door and almost fell out.

    No she sobbed Im not, look and dragging her mother and Sam inside she pointed at the mirror.

    What on earth is that? her mother said in amazement.

    First someone whispered help me and then that message appeared explained Hannah tearfully. Her mother eyed Sam sternly I hope you havent been playing pranks she said because its not funny. Sam protested his innocence and Hannah backed him up. No mum she said it wasnt Sam, the door was locked. Well all go downstairs and see what dad thinks about it, but Im sure the must be a logical explanation her mother said comfortingly. Just as they went out the room their father ran up to them

    Everybody ok? he said looking at the pale face of Hannahs and looking back at his wife.

    No mother said Hannahs upset well tell you about it later, I think Hannah could do with a warm drink now it will help her get over the shock.

    After a hot meal the house returned to a feeling of normality, and Hannah was soon laughing with everyone else at her fathers jokes. Tired out with the days events the family retired to bed early. Hannah went to her room and shut the door. She got into bed and was just about to switch off her light when she saw

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  • a woman in the mirror standing behind her and turned around quickly but there was nobody there. When she looked back at the mirror she saw the woman again smiling beseechingly at her. Suddenly Hannah realised she wasnt afraid and smiled back. The woman walked to the dressing table and opened the drawer and pulled out a necklace with a silver/sapphire snowflake hanging on it, then she disappeared. Hannah went to her drawer and pulled it open but it was empty. How strange she thought who was this woman and what did she want?

    That night Hannah tossed and turned in her bed she kept remembering the help me words written on the mirror the woman who looked the same age as her in the mirror. Who was she, was she calling for help, why had she shown her the necklace. The questions went round and round in her head, until she finally fell into an exhausted sleep.

    The next morning Hannah woke up still puzzled and disturbed. She got up and got dressed. Then going to the drawer she opened it, and felt all around it. Suddenly her fingers touched a tiny lever and with a click a panel opened and there it was.

    She took the necklace and picked it up. It felt icy cold quickly she opened the door and ran down the creaky stairs to the kitchen, to show everyone.

    Morning Hannah her mum said handing her a cup of hot chocolate how did you sle. She saw the snowflake that was held grasped tightly in her hand and gasped Hannah! her mother said in surprise. What have you got in your hand? I dont know mum Hannah said back I thought it was a dream but I dont know whats going on?

    But before the 2 could continue there was a knock at the door. Hannahs mum went to open it and found an elderly lady stood there holding a basket of chocolate fudge cakes.

    Hello said Hannahs mum Who are you?

    The elderly woman stepped through the door and gave the cake to Hannahs mum. Im Eliza Hipton your next door neighbour.

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  • Im Danielle and this is my daughter Hannah returned her mum. Nice to meet you Han

    Eliza stopped as she saw something glinting in Hannahs hand and then the necklace she said youve found it.

    That necklace, Its been missing for many years. Wherever did you find it?

    I found it on top of my dresser when I woke up. Ellie went paler now.

    Anything wrong? asked Danielle getting a chair for Ellie who now stumbled to stand up right.

    60 years ago Eliza said I was a maid in this very mansion. That Necklace belonged to my mistress Lady Sarah Jane,