Sunday 28 October 2012

Halloween Horror Competition: Winner and Runners-Up!

Well, it was tough - really tough. We received twenty-nine dark and disturbing entries in this year's Halloween Horror Competition and the quality of writing was simply outstanding.

I struggled to reduce the twenty-nine to a longlist of thirteen, and then to a shortlist of seven. Even then it was incredibly tight so I sent the seven tales to Matt, Col and David - without the authors' names - and asked them to read and score the shortlist. The results were pretty much unanimous, and our joint decision was made.

The winner of the Thrillers Killers 'n' Chillers Halloween Horror Competition 2012 is...

Angel Zapata, with Lost Soles!

Many congratulations to Angel; he'll receive copies of ebooks from each of the TK'n'C editors and his terrifying story will be published here on the night of Halloween 2012. 

Runner-up in the competition is A J Humpage, with the chilling Gabriel's Reflection. Look out for her story on TK'n'C on Tuesday 30th October.

And in second runner-up place, we had a tie! So tomorrow evening we'll be publishing TWO stories:

  • The Perfect Wife by Allan Watson
  • The Granny Farmer by Lee Hughes

Very well done to Angel, AJ, Allan and Lee as well as all competition contestants. Take it from me - you make editing a pleasure.

Come back tomorrow for Lee and Allan's horrifying treats.


  1. What a crackin' comp! Big congrats to all! Was a pleasure reading them, and not just the top four.

    Thanks, Lily, for all your efforts on this.


  2. Thanks Lily for running this comp and to Matt, Col and Dave for helping with the scoring. Big gratz to Angel, AJ and Allan, looking forward to reading those stories over the next couple of days.

  3. Fantastic news! It has really made my day. Congrats to my fellow writers, AJ, Allan, and Lee. Can't wait to feast on all your horrors.

    1. Congrats, Angel! I can't wait to read yours.

    2. Angel, it doesn't surprise me that you had a winning story. Looking forward to reading it.


  4. I'm away from my computer this week, but I'm sure all the gruesomeness and utter horror will be waiting for me. Like something out of the deeps -- ever patient, ever evil.

    Congrats to everyone!

  5. Congratulations all around! These folks' reputations precede them - so it is with great anticipation that I'm waiting to read the finalists - sure to be some amazing horror in the next few days.

  6. I'm well chuffed with runner up. But hearty congrats to Angel, and a big slap on the back for fellow runner's up Allan and Lee.

    A big thanks to the judges too!

  7. Congrats Angel, A.J, Allan, and Lee! Looking forward to some scares-

  8. congrats to all you fantastic writers.

  9. Congrats to all, and can't wait to read the stories.

  10. congratulations Angel, Lee and Red, wonderful writers, all of you, with incredibly dark imaginations. I need to gear mine up a few notches...

  11. Congratulations Angel, AJ, Allan and Lee!