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A New Haunt Season Writing Competition!

Writers: You could hear your words spoken live onstage this fall during one of the fastest-growing haunted events in eastern North Carolina.

Haunted Pamlico announces the fourth-annual, and completely revamped, Haunt Season Writing Competition. We're proud to present this competition in partnership with the Pamlico Writers Group, and with promotional help from Arts of the Pamlico.

This year we're seeking prose entries only. The entries should be comprised of no more than 3,000 words. Your story should cover regional folklore, preferably spirit lore, associated with the Southeast. We'll select winning entries to be recited by our actors during the Haunted Pamlico Folklore Festival.

The folklore event will run as part of the fifth-annual Carnival of Darkness film and Halloween festival on Sept. 22-23 at Raised in a Barn Farm and the Turnage Theater. We'll host the folklore session on opening night, Sept. 22, at the farm, and will recognize the winning authors from the stage. After the festival, we'll film our actors' recitations and share the clips on our social-media platforms. Winners will also receive printed certificates honoring their work.

To enter, email your story as a Word document to We'll accept entries from May 1 through Aug. 1. We will pass the entries along, without the names of the authors, to our panel of judges, who will remain anonymous. We will not edit entries. As the author, you will retain the rights to your work. By entering the competition, you give us permission to share your work in the above-mentioned video clips and as part of Carnival of Darkness. Make sure your work is theatrical enough to be entertaining when read aloud. Above all, be true to your literary vision. You must be 18 or older to enter. There is no charge to enter. Please include your mailing address so that we may send your certificates, if your story is selected.

If you have questions, let us know via We look forward to reading your stories.

Special thanks to the Pamlico Writers Group for supporting this event, and to Arts of the Pamlico, our local arts council, for helping us spread the word.

The Fright Photo Contest Returns!

You could win top honors. You might see your work featured on our social-media pages, and be recognized during our Carnival of Darkness festival. Send us your most frightening photos of creepy scenery, costume-clad models, or spooky Halloween decorations. We'll be glad to see images that help us celebrate the haunt season. Make sure your photos are of the highest-possible resolution. We'll accept entries from May 1 through Aug. 1. Send all photos to Be sure to identify the photographer. Please send only photos to which you own the rights. You will retain all rights to your work. By submitting photos, you give us permission to share your work on our social-media platforms. There is no charge to enter. You must be 18 years old or older to participate in this contest.

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Haunted Pamlico and Alternative Stage proudly announce a fundraiser for J.B. Beverley's short horror film, "The Killer Among Us."

To learn about donation tiers, visit the film's website, You can help make J.B.'s vision and ours a reality.

We're co-producing this project with Romero Pictures and Rebel Roots Productions.

We hope the film will showcase eastern North Carolina, and we're working on location scouting in the Washington, N.C., area this week.

Thanks to writer-director J.B. Beverley for trusting us to co-produce this great project. We'll have a lot more news soon.

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Buy or rent our newest film "Black Hollow Run"

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