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After some friend’s ghost story challenge, two hundred years ago, in the summer of 1816, a teenage girl, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, awoke from a terrifying dream that inspired her to write what became probably the most famous horror tale in history, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.

We know you have some stories to tell too, so here’s your challenge.

Harlan Haunt Fest Fiction...
Bloody Harlan Tales of Horror
A Collection of Short Stories by Area Writers


Harlan Haunt Fest Fiction is looking for submissions of original short stories to be included in a collection of horror tales from Harlan County. This proposed book will consist of stories in the horror genre to be published sometime in the near future. Submissions will be accepted from writers in the Harlan and surrounding areas until at least July 4th 2016.

Some Guidelines:
Think classic Edgar Allan Poe or H.P. Lovecraft, the psychological suspense of Shirley Jackson or the back-woodsy charm of those Earl Hamner, Jr. episodes of The Twilight Zone, even that one guy who has sold a few books, Stephen King. Or go completely with your own style; basically any good, imaginative and original short story that stimulates thought and emotion, containing some element of haunting or horror, is open for consideration to be published.

Let’s see what creative spark is out there waiting to come to life.

To take part, interested writers may send submissions or inquiries to: or

Harlan Haunt Fest Fiction

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