Cast Iron Theatre seeking spooky tales for storytelling night at Brighton Horrorfest

Cast Iron Theatre are looking for spooky/scary stories for ‘Bitter Sweets: Ugly Tales for Beautiful Souls‘, their popular spooky storytelling night as part of Brighton Horrorfest. This year the storytelling night is on Friday 26 October.

Loosely inspired by the portmanteau Amicus stories of the seventies, the spooky stories are read by a selection of Cast Iron actors in a Jackanory style, and will have a linking theme ‘Bitter Sweets’. Make of that what you will! No, seriously – make of that what you will: please submit your spooky horror story of around 1,500 words, and allow the title to influence your narrative – you can be as loose with your interpretation as you wish.

Bear in mind that your story should probably be first person narrative (although the events don’t have to have happened directly to the person telling the story). The Amicus films they are taking inspiration from were largely made in the 70s and often influenced by folklore dating between 1870s and 1930s. That might inspire your story too.

Your stories can range from spooky fun to genuinely terrifying. It’s up to you. You don’t have to read your own stories, as they use their own actors. However, if you’d like to read, just let Cast Iron Theatre know in your email submission.

Preference will be given to writers based in East Sussex though they will not exclude writers in other locations.

How to apply: email your stories to

Deadline: 28 September 2018 at midnight

Source: BBC Writersroom

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