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The Cursed Pen


By Keyur PorechaPublished 2 months ago 3 min read

It was a dreadful, rainy night when the writer, Jonathan Blackwood, a man who was struggling with his writing, was walking through the twisted streets of the city to the old auction house. He was in urgent need of a new pen which could make his stories come alive, but his limited money was the reason he could not buy any. When he stepped into the dark hall of the auction house, he felt the tingle of excitement mixed with the hint of fear.

The sale had hundreds of items on display, each with a unique story to tell. However, Jonathan was immediately attracted to one of the items in the store, that is, a pen which had strange symbols on its exterior, which seemed to pulse with an otherworldly energy. The voices in his mind that were warning him that he should not do it were drowned by his will and desires, thus he was irresistibly dragged towards it.

The bidding started, but Jonathan did not see this as he was engrossed by the pen's enchantment. In a coma, he stuck out his paddle saying far beyond what he could spend. He was totally shocked that nobody else was interested in the strange pen and he got it without any teammates trying to beat him.

Jonathan, holding his prize tightly, quickly came home, his mind was full of many possible options. However, as he seated himself to begin composing, a nasty smell engulfed the atmosphere and he felt the urge to gag. Not paying attention to it, he started to write, but the stronger the stench got, the more pen he used, getting trapped in a stinky air.

Although the horrifying fear was slowly gnawing at his mind, Jonathan could not stop writing and his hand continued to move the pen. The dark, twisted tales which were pouring forth from his pen, were at each other, the most horrifying than the last. Day after day, he worked away, his sanity dragging him deeper into the abyss of his mind with each story he wrote.

Time went by, and Jonathan's previous notebooks that were all empty were now full of his dark works. As a result, he bravely faced the publisher and submitted his work which was then published by the eager publisher. The book, called "Whispers of the Damned," was composed of five hundred stories of Jonathan that were each more frightening than the previous ones.

The book, which was already out, quickly attracted the readers who were dying to get a glimpse of the scariest things. The students though they were going to love the book but they did not realize the nightmare that was hidden in its pages.

The initial victim was a teenager named Marcus who, after reading just one story from the book, died in a freak accident. It was reported that his mind had been hijacked by a chemical reaction caused by the story, which in turn caused him his premature death.

Following that was Sarah, who, while reading the book in the middle of the night, felt a spirit sitting on her shoulder—an invisible ghost with the fingers that were bent and the mouth that was shaped for eating souls. She was screaming until the creature pulled her into the darkness, her cries going unheard.

Nonetheless, the most tragic one was the destiny of Timmy, a five-year-old who was the most inquisitive child and found the book in his father's study. The author was impressed by the mysterious symbols on the cover of his book and started to read its pages, not knowing that he was walking into a trap. Shortly after, his parents discovered their son on the floor, his tiny body broken from a fall.

The death toll started to increase, and at the same time the talk of a curse started to spread, warning people to stay away from the dark book. However, the fact for Jonathan was, it was over. The monster could not hold back the nightmare he had caused, and he only saw in horror how his projects were taking more and more of the innocent people.

At last, the cursed pen had paid off, thus, the aftermath was, a whole lot of death and despair. And as Jonathan sat alone in his darkened room, the faint scent of decay hovering in the air, he was definitely sure that some stories were better not revealed.


About the Creator

Keyur Porecha

A deep thinker, analyser, researcher who loves to explore the unknown facts and insides of a topic. Love creating short stories which may be a good tool to love reading for the active readers who like stories and get inspired as well.

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