Susan Berliner is the author of the supernatural thrillers DUST, Peachwood Lake, The Disappearance, Corsonia, After the Bubbles, Soldier Girl, and two short story collections: The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales and George's Mother and Other Weird Stories.
What's in the box?
In "The Key," the final tale in George's Mother and Other Weird Stories, Ruben opens his front door and sees a large unmarked box. When he opens the box, Ruben finds only a small key—nothing else. He must discover why he was given the key and what door it will open.
Now pretend you open your front door and see just a large box. You don't know who sent it. When you open the box, what do you find?
For this really easy contest, you must decide what's in the box on your doorstep. It must be a real object that can fit inside the box (e.g. not a car). That's it. Please limit your answer to a word or two.
Winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.
Two Runners-Up will receive autographed copies of their choice of George's Mother and Other Weird Stories, After the Bubbles, Soldier Girl, The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales, Corsonia, The Disappearance, Peachwood Lake, or DUST.
This contest will end on Friday, February 12. Winners (based on cleverness) will be notified by email and their entries and names will be posted here.
To enter, tell me what's inside the box on your doorstep. You may enter as often as you like. This contest is open to U.S. residents only.
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Thanks to all of you who entered the Trick Title Contest, relating to "Hat Trick," a tale about a sorcerer's hat from my new book, George's Mother and Other Weird Stories. For this contest, entrants had to change just one letter in the word "Hat" and briefly describe their new magic trick-based story.
Here are the top titles:
First Place ($25 gift card to Barnes & Noble):
A sinister method of indicating the next to die
Sandra Baker, Arlington, TX
Runners-Up: Autographed copy of Corsonia, The Disappearance, Peachwood Lake, DUST, The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales, After the Bubbles, Soldier Girl, or George's Mother and Other Weird Stories
The sender gets back one item he lost or gave away.
Toya Bauer, Gainesville, FL
A magic cauldron gives an old witch brief periods of youth and beauty.
Laurel Plane, Houston, TX