Andrew Wright

A young couple in Manchester took the family car and went to a dance. The girl wore a long evening dress and high heels, so she didn’t drive. They came back from the dance through the country; it was about midnight.  The engine of the car was not right; it was weak.  Suddenly, the engine stopped and the boy drove the car off the road and stopped the car on the grass at the edge of a wood.
There was silence and it was very dark.  They were frightened so they put the car radio on and listened to some music.  Suddenly a news reader came on the radio.  He said, a crazy criminal had escaped from a prison. He was very dangerous.
They were frightened again!  Then the boy said he must go to the next village and telephone his parents (This was before the days of mobile phones).   The girl said, “I can’t walk out there. I’ve got high heeled shoes on!
The boy said, “OK, you stay here in the car!”
She said, “I can’t stay here!  There’s a crazy criminal about!”
So the boy said, “Come with me then!”
“I can’t!”
So the boy said, “Stay in the car and lie down on the floor, at the back.  I will cover you with a blanket.”  So that is what she did.  And he said, ‘I will knock on the roof three times when I come back…and you will know it is me!”
She waited and she heard strange noises in the wood and around the car. She thought it was cats or rats or something.
Then she heard: Knock!  Knock!  Knock!  Knock!  Knock!   And the knocking continued!   So, she didn’t move.  She stayed silently under the blanket for hours.  The knocking continued!  Then daylight came.  She heard loud voices.  She looked out and saw a policewoman’s face!   She got out of the car.  The policewoman put her arm around her shoulder and said, “Don’t look back!”  But she did and there was her boyfriend, hanging by the neck, from a big tree above the car, his feet knocking, slowly, on the roof of the car!


This is an awful story.  I dont tell it anymore to school students. But I did for a year or two and it was extremely successful in the sense of gripping them!  But my own daugher Timea who is twelve, as I write, is frightened by herself in her own bedroom so I have now got a more responsible attitude to telling stories to children.  Incidentally I have never told Timea such stories.

So my suggestion is that you dont tell it to young secondary school students…maybe students of 17 or 18 and over, if you can cope with it yourself.


8 Responses to “A Horror Story”

  1. 1 Angie February 13, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    I’ve read this story to my 14-year-old son. He was really anxious when I slowly read “knock, knock…”. He was absolutely hooked on it asking for more every time I made a pause but what actually astonished me was his question final question: “Did he commit suicide?”.

    • 2 Andrew Wright February 14, 2010 at 9:37 am

      Angie, thanks for telling me. Yes, his question takes me by surprise as well because so much is made of the madman escaping…if we are both referring to the same story. I hesitate to tell such stories because I am anxious not reinforce anxiety about darkness and so on in young people. Difficult to know what is for the best. Andrew

  2. 3 Karenne Sylvester October 31, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Oh boy, that is a hordible story!

    I would agree that it shouldn’t be for really small children but like the BrothersGrimm stories I think that these sorts of stories help give older children a sense of the world (it isn’t always a light place) and they often teach us coping mechanisms, our way of dealing through the world and understands the darkness.

  3. 4 Karenne Sylvester October 31, 2010 at 8:41 am

    sorry, typo, understanding… (I often type too quickly!)

  4. 5 Lora Ditchev May 2, 2011 at 5:44 am

    very dramatical .

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