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Give Me Gory Gouda: Submit to the Scary Dairy Contest!


You probably remember my talking about Culture Magazine’s Annual Scary Dairy Contest—write a 500-word-or-less scary story about cheese. I’ve participated a couple of years now, resulting in “The Things that Eat You” in 2010 and “Slow Grill” in 2011.

This year, myself and last year’s winners Dave Goudsward and Amanda will be judges. So, get out your pens and get gory with gouda, creepy with cream cheese or sadistic with Swiss, then post it (and get further details) here:

Hurry! A winner will be chosen November 1, so you’ve got just a couple of weeks to enter.

Oh, and while you’re at it, check out this seriously creepy ice cream ad:


Me, left, at Culture Scary Dairy contest winner Dave Goudsward at AnthoCon 2011 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on November 12.

My flash fiction piece “Slow Grill” was runner-up in Culture magazine’s annual Scary Dairy Contest (fellow NEHW member Dave Goudsward took first place for “Michael, is that You?”)—he’ll be receiving a basket of cheesy goodies just in time for the Holidays! NEHW member Stacey Longo also entered (her story’s untitled).

You can read all three stories here.


A couple of days ago, I was contacted by a friend of mine, Will Fertman, who writes a blog for Culture—a magazine for serious cheese enthusiasts and industry professionals. He asked me if I’d write up a ghost story about cheese.

While it will probably go down in history as the strangest ghost-story-on-command request I’ve ever gotten, I had a great time! And, in fact, there are a couple of other fabulous cheese-y ghost stories up on the blog, too, including one called “Spilled Milk: A Tale of Cheese and Death” that absolutely gave me the creeps.

So here’s your dose of Scary Dairy, and I’d recommend you think twice before putting that cheese platter out at your Halloween party:

“The Things that Eat You” by Kristi Petersen Schoonover

“Spilled Milk” by Stephanie

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