Age of Alice: A haunting Halloween tale

Enter, if you dare, the horror-filled world of Alice, a creation of eight of Ireland’s most distinctive writers, who were each asked by The Sunday Business Post to write 300 words of a spooky tale and then pass it on... with terrifying results

John Boyne

The baby’s name was Alice, an extraordinary choice as Henry and Clara’s first child, who had died so tragically on the morning of her fifth birthday, had borne the same name. Publicly, none of our circle of friends commented on how inappropriate it was, but privately we admitted our dismay. One even suggested that they were tempting fate, an idea that unsettled me.

As things turned out, however, the second Alice ...