It's time to ease up to the keyboard or dust off your writing pen. The Journal-World's annual Halloween writing contest is under way.
Here's how it works: We supply the lead-in to a Halloween story, and you finish the tale. The stories, including the lead-in, should be no more than two double-spaced, typed pages.
We will have two categories: adult and youth (under age 18). The adult winner's story will be published in our Arts and Living section on Oct. 29. The youth winner's story will be published on our 18 & Under page on Oct. 26. Deadline for entries is noon Oct. 16.
Here's the lead-in:
Kenny was nervous. The attic had been sealed tight for more than 30 years, and the stories about what was behind the locked door were plenty.
What Kenny knew about the mysterious attic came from his sister, Jody: One night long ago, a scream was heard from the attic. Man or woman no one really knew; dead or alive no one really knew. Why the door was sealed no one really knew.
But now, Kenny held the key to the attic in his hand, a key that had inexplicably appeared in his mailbox a few days earlier. He put the key in the door and turned the handle