Tales from The Crypt winners announced!

Tales from The Crypt winners announced!

Tales from The Crypt winners announced!

Congratulations to Oliver Ruggles (10-OS) and Ben Henry (8H-CBS) who won our recent ‘Tales from The Crypt’ creative writing competition. Below is an exclusive interview with our young authors which gives us some insight into their writing process and their inspiration…

Briefly, can you sum up what your stories are about?
Ben:
My story is a theory about what happens when you die and go to hell. It starts and ends with ‘BANG!’ - the sound of a rifle - giving the impression that my main character is forced to repeat his torture over and over again.
Oliver: My story is based around a young 15-year old boy whose father has recently died. The plot is that he discovers his father’s coffin empty and then starts seeing the ghost of his father.

What is your favourite part of your story?
Ben:
My favourite part in the story is when they get to the end of the hall and are about to get out, but his hope is crushed as he realises that he’s never getting out.
Oliver: For me, probably when Tom is able to talk to his father’s ghost. I think this is because it provides a strange insight for Tom as to what it would be like if his father had actually died. It also helps Tom to question his own religious beliefs: would he still believe in a loving and kind God if he had summoned his father to death?

What gave you the idea for your stories?
Ben: I got the idea for the story by thinking of what would happen if you died. I just built on that.
Oliver: Nothing really, I just started writing and then improvised and adjusted the story as I went along. I didn’t even title it at first because I wasn’t sure what would be fitting for my story.

Was this your first idea or did you change your mind during the writing process?
Ben:
This wasn’t my first idea. I started with the basis that he would repeat his suffering, then added sorrow and hope to help the reader sympathise and then added more details.
Oliver: I never really changed my mind but I did become more certain of what I was going to write as I continued writing.

Are you a fan of reading spooky stories? If so, which books/stories/authors do you like?
Ben:
I am a fan of spooky stories. I just love the suspense – they’re always on the edge. Whenever I read one my imagination goes wild! I love the book The Enemy by Charlie Higson. I’ve just started reading it and I’m already stuck in; it’s about a world in which all adults turn crazy and start hunting down the kids and the kids have to try to survive.
Oliver: Not really, I prefer reading more realistic fiction. I just don’t find most horror stories interesting or fun to read, but I still enjoy the occasional spooky story especially if it’s original and outside of the typical horror story cliché.

What books do you like to read? What are you reading at the moment?
Ben:
I love the book The Enemy by Charlie Higson. I’ve just started reading it and I’m already stuck in; it’s about a world in which all adults turn crazy and start hunting down the kids and the kids have to try to survive.
Oliver: I really love good non-fiction books that are fun and original. I was also a big fan of the ‘Gone’ series by Michael Grant. More recently I have started reading more adult fiction and non-fiction. I am currently reading ‘Mr Nice’, Howard Marks’ autobiography. It’s ok but not an easy read.

Have you ever entered a writing competition before? Have you done much creative writing before?
Ben:
Before this competition I have never entered a creative writing competition, so it’s a thrill to win it!
Oliver: No, I haven’t entered a creative writing competition before. I actually always considered creative writing my weak point in English, so to have won the competition is a huge confidence boost for my creative writing ability!

Now you have won, do you think you would like to write more?
Ben:
I would love to write another story. In fact I have many ideas lined up, I just need to finalise them.
Oliver: I hope so. I think I will enjoy creative writing in English better than before and it might encourage me to be more productive with my spare time, like writing creatively.

How did you celebrate Hallowe’en this year?
Ben:
I did the classic stuff like; trick or treat, watching horror stories and apple bobbing.
Oliver: I did celebrate Halloween this year but not as much as previous years. I only carved a pumpkin and dealt with the trick or treaters!