The News Christmas ghost story competition: 15-and-under winner

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A chilling tale called Christmas in the Cabin has earned Jake Horton success in our seasonal ghost story contest.

Jake enjoys writing and his hobby has made him the winner of The News ghost story competition in the 15-and-under category.

The 12-year-old from Havant’s story is called Christmas In The Cabin and his prize is £50 to spend at The Hayling Island Bookshop.

He says: ‘I didn’t really expect it. It will be cool to see it in the paper.

‘When I entered the competition I was thinking of what to write and I got the idea of paintings being windows with people in them, which became the whole story.’

Jake’s favourite subjects at school are science and maths, but writing lets him be creative.

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‘You can really open up your imagination – it isn’t limited and there is so much you can do with it,’ he says.

Jake also likes to read – he is a big fan of the Hunger Games trilogy.

So why does he think Christmas is a good topic for spooky stories?

‘It is a happy kind of subject which has a twist to it and makes you want to read more,’ he says.

Watch the video to see Anthony Costa, who is starring in the Kings Theatre panto Aladdin, reading Jake’s tale.