Many years ago, the caretaker of a cemetery was careful to make sure a grave was six feet deep, so the coyotes and dogs couldn’t dig up a body. When the casket was put in the ground, the caretaker’s the one that carefully placed a string running from the box to above the grave. Then he carefully attached one end to a bell.
There’s always a worry that the bell might toll, and this was the case of a non-dead body on Halloween night. On the afternoon of Halloween, a body was buried. The poor person had been mauled by a wolf. Someone had to sit by the gravesite to be sure the bell didn’t toll. Back then, live people were often buried, hence the reason for the bell. If it rang, they usually dug up the body, and found it was alive.
Surely you know where this challenge is going. I want to know the real story. Did the grave digger sit by the grave? Did the bell ring? Was the body really not dead, or…
Yes, write us a scary or funny story about a grave, a buried body and the bell ringer. Tell us the real story.
Can’t wait to read the responses.
Your challenge: Write us a scary or funny story about a grave, a buried body and the bell ringer.
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Challenge: Write us a scary or funny story about a grave, a buried body and the bell ringer.
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BOOTHILL COWBOY HALLOWEEN, by Jay W.
The Ghostly Cowboy's Recipe for Barbecued Brains, by Sharon P.
Broken Tombstone Troubles, by William Dotani
A Day That Should Not Have Happened: A Short Story, by Vic Damico
Ghostly Boot Hill Hanging, by Elsie Duggan
The Cowboys Play to Win, by Elsie Duggan
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