Genre: MG Horror
Word Count: 52,000
If your main character could be any Star Wars character, who would they choose and why? At the beginning of the story, Tim would want to be Chewie, because his brother’s best friend wears a Chewbacca costume when he’s pretending to be a Bigfoot.
35 Word Pitch: Thirteen-year-old Tim’s fake Bigfoot video goes viral, causing a perfect storm of social media and reality TV. When a real monster arrives, Tim must overcome his guilt – and the monster – to save his friends.
First 250 Words:
Note to self: Next time the Conroy twins want to play hide and seek on Monster Hill at sunset, tell them to get lost.
I caught Robbie in his usual hiding place five minutes ago. Now I’m after Mitch, who isn’t just a better hider, he loves to startle me.
A twig cracks in the distance, putting me on high alert. I move toward the noise, but Mitch is gone when I get there. The sun slips down over the top of the hill; pretty soon I won’t be able to see anything as the shadows grow even darker.
More rustling comes from a few feet behind me. Mitch is noisier than usual tonight; he’s giving himself away. I get a whiff of something foul on a light breeze that’s kicked up. I bet he stepped in dog poop again. He’s a magnet for the stuff.
I turn toward the noise, but my phone vibrates. Mitch’s text glows on the backlit screen: “Mom called me in when Robbie came home. You win.”
A chill shoots down my spine. If Mitch is at home, who’s sneaking up on me? Or maybe it’s not a who, but a what. After all, I am on Monster Hill.
POP! A thicker branch behind me breaks. I catch movement out of the corner of my eye, and turn quickly enough to get a brief glimpse of a hulking, shadowy thing standing in the darkness. It takes a step toward me.
“YAAAAAH!” I sprint for home.