Task: Write An Opening To A Horror Story.

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Name: Abiola Adeogun

Subject: English Coursework

Teacher: Ms Hill

Form Class: 10JO

Task: Write An Opening To A Horror Story.

They told him the house was haunted. They told him the house was strange. Five families had moved in, and never made it out. Alive anyway. He had already survived two days with his family. His second night in his new home, what could possibly happen?

A whispered name.

The boy stirs in his sleep. A pale, vaporous moon lights the room. Shadows are deep. He twists his head, turning towards the window so that his face becomes a soft mask, unblemished, colourless. But the boy’s dream is troubled; beneath his lids, his eyes dart to and fro.

The whispered name:


Its sound is distant.

The boy frowns; yet the voice is within his own sleep, a smooth calling inside his dream. His arm loosens from dampened bedclothes, his lips part to a silent murmur. His floating thoughts are being drawn towards consciousness. The protest trapped in his throat emerges as he wakens. And he wonders if he has imagined his own cry as he stares through the glass at the insipid moon.

There is, in his heart, a dragging mental distress caused by loss that seems to clot the blood, so that movement in the veins is lazy and wearisome. But the whispering, almost hissing voice dispels much of that inner tiredness.

‘…Daniel…’ it calls again.

And he knows its source, and that knowledge causes him to shudder.

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The boy sits up, rubs the moisture from around his eyes (for he has wept while sleeping). He gazes at the dim shape of the bathroom door and is afraid. Very afraid. He draws aside the covers and walks to the door. The trouser cuffs of his rumpled pyjamas caught beneath the heels of his bare feet. A boy no more than ten years, small and dark-haired, pale-skinned and strangely worn for one so young.

He stands at the door, as if fearing to touch. But he is puzzled. More- he is curious. He twists the handle, ...

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