Alexander Gordon Smith


Pakefield High School in Lowestoft is one of my absolute favourite places to visit – I have been there quite a few times now and it’s always so much fun working with the extremely creative and talented students! During my most recent trip the school ran a horror writing contest around the theme of the Furnace books – escaping from hell! The stories were AMAZING, and I had the impossible job of picking a winner. But the school and I wanted to show the world how brilliant and terrifying these stories were, so I’m putting them here for you guys to read! They are in no particular order, and all are guaranteed to keep you awake at night!!

Click on each author’s name to read their story, it will pop up in a new window!

Amber Thomas

Ben Sherlock

Melissa Hazell

Flyn Middlemass (and Page Two)

Lauren Grace Cowlbeck (and Page Two)

Maisie Wright (and Page Two)

Tia Laing (and Page Two)

Kai Gillings (and Page Two / Three)

Congratulations to all the winners, I am so impressed!! If you are writing this well now then none of you will have any trouble becoming bestselling authors in the future. I’m looking forward to reading your books when they’re published!!

And thanks again to Pakefield for being awesome!





  1. Gravatar of Paul Usher Paul Usher 15. December 2013 at 20:18


    Thank you so much for publishing our pupils’ horror stories. Whenever you come into school, you are so inspiring! I would advise any school to get Gordon in for a talk or workshops.
    As head of department for English, I am very proud of our pupils’ work!

    Paul Usher

  2. Gravatar of Claudia Schröder Claudia Schröder 18. December 2013 at 20:49

    Very nice collection!
    But I would suggest to add a small description after each author and something to vote here… :)

  3. Gravatar of blake harper blake harper 19. December 2013 at 12:16

    bens is the best

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