After successfully scaring ourselves silly while reading all the entries, Wendy and I separately chose our top picks & her faves overlapped w/my top choice.
So congratulations to Natalie @ Browsing Bookshelves for the winning entry!
I’ll be in touch via email with details but start thinking of what creepy book (up to $15 from Book Depository) you’d like to win
From Natalie S:
This story was first told to me by my friend Steve one summer night while we sat around a campfire. Steve use to work at Fort George in Niagara on the Lake, a site where thousands of people died during the war of 1812. Due to these many deaths, Fort George has become known as one of the most haunted places in Canada, resulting in hundreds of reports of ghostly encounters from staff and visitors. Part of Steve’s job working at the fort was supervising the ghost tours that took place on the fort’s grounds, and so he had an abundance of spooky stories to scare us with.
My favourite ghost story of his, however, was about his own experience one night while acting as one of the guide’s during the ghost tour. At one point during the tour, visitors are taken into a narrow, dark tunnel at the back of the fort (where the ghost of a little girl is often seen). One of the women on the tour that particular night was feeling a bit claustrophobic, so my friend Steve stayed outside with her while the other guide took the rest of the group through the tunnel.
While they were waiting for the ghost tour to return, Steve made some small talk with her and asked the woman where she was from. The women told Steve that she was from just over the border in New York state. Literally seconds after the words ‘New York’ had left her mouth, the woman collapsed on the ground right in front of Steve’s very eyes. Having no idea what had just happened (as the woman had been completely fine just minutes earlier) Steve knelt on the ground to see if she was okay.
The woman was still conscious, and completely fine except for a large bump that was quickly bruising on her forehead. Examining it more closely, Steve was shocked and amazed to see the shape and serial number from the butt of a rifle used in the war of 1812 indented onto the woman’s forehead!!! Steve’s theory has always been that one of the ghosts haunting Fort George attacked the woman upon hearing that she was from New York because that made her ‘the enemy.’ So visitors to Fort George beware…. the ghosts of the soldiers that died are still there and fighting to defend their territory!
~ personal experience