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Ghost Stories

In October 2012, we challenged our listeners to write a short Ghost Stories. We received over 650 entries from all over the country. The winning stories were reenacted by our 9XM Players and produced by WPR’s audio engineers. The response was so great, we also posted stories from many of the semi-finalists.

Flash Fiction: Scrapbook of the Gods

Today’s winning ghost story is “Scrapbook of the Gods” from Joanna Truman of Burbank, California. It’s performed by Patrick Rothfuss, ...

Flash Fiction: Lady in White

Yes, it may be the day after Halloween, but that doesn't mean we can’t keep bringing you ghost stories. Here’s ...

Flash Fiction: Darcy Davis

Today’s Flash Fiction winning ghost story is “Darcy Davis” from Matthew Martinez of Holden, Louisiana, performed by Lisa Spierer of ...

Flash Fiction: One Less Mouth

Here’s another great story that made it to the semi-finals of our Flash Fiction Ghost Story contest. "One Less Mouth" ...

Flash Fiction: Jennie Webber Lake

Today, we bring you an extra Flash Fiction Ghost Story — we received so many good ones, we had to ...

Flash Fiction: The Rusted Bell

Today’s winning story from our Flash Fiction Ghost Story contest is “The Rusted Bell,” written by listener Darlene Rickert of ...

Flash Fiction: For Better or Worse

Continuing our series of Flash Fiction Ghost Story winners, today we bring you “For Better or Worse,” written by listener ...

Flash Fiction: Work of the Damned

Here’s a wonderful story from ghost story semi-finalist Heather Lindstrom, of Hammond, Wisconsin. "Work of the Damned" Ghost stories abound ...

Flash Fiction: You Are What You Eat

Another winner from our Flash Fiction Ghost Story contest! Today’s story is called “You Are What You Eat,” by Jonathan ...

Flash Fiction Ghost Story Winners

And we have a winner! Well, nine winners, actually. We were honored to have best-selling fantasy writer Patrick Rothfuss judge ...

Flash Fiction: The Lady of the Frozen lake

Time for another great ghost story semi-finalist: "The Lady of the Frozen Lake," by Jonathan Muzzall of Madison, Wisconsin. Every ...

Flash Fiction: Presidential Phantasm

We have another winner in our Flash Fiction Ghost Story Contest. From Marinette, WI, listener Erik Van Vleet sent us ...

Flash Fiction: Mom’s Soup

Today, another winner in our Flash Fiction Ghost Story Contest. From Deerfield, Illinois, listener Alan Barasky sent us a ghost ...

Flash Fiction: The Sisters

Another great Flash Fiction Ghost Story semifinalist! This comes to us from Stuart Mammel in Madison, WI. "The Sisters" He’d ...

Flash Fiction: Stefan the Wise

We have another winner in our Flash Fiction Ghost Story Contest. From St. Louis, Missouri listener Kurt Pankau sent us ...

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