Welcome to this month’s short story. This month I have a video attached of Yours Truly reading the horror story 53, Bell Court.
This particular story is one of my early ones and is a story for which I still feel a lot of affection, mainly because it’s based on true events. When I was a teenager, I, like many others, had a paper round. In fact, I had numerous rounds for my local corner shop that was opposite my old primary school in Wellingborough. Now, if you ask me to describe most of the residences to which I delivered the Evening Telegraph, our local rag, I would not be able to tell you a thing. Not a jot.
That is, except for one: 53, Bell Court.
The small block of flats was exactly as it is described in the story. There was that stale fusty smell, dead plants and even a flickering fluorescent light on a timer that never gave me long enough to get to the door and back before it clicked off, plunging me into the dark, awaiting a boney hand to come clamping down on my shoulder as I ran away.
I think it’s safe to say that this daily dose of fright was one of the things that prompted me to start writing down ideas for horror stories. I originally penned this one when I was about fifteen. It’s evolved somewhat over the years, but still holds the same feeling of dread as it did back then.
I hope you enjoy it.
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