It’s What’s On The Inside ( That Counts )

When I was in New Orleans for Halloween a few years ago, I ran across this doll.

It might look scary and it does look like a Halloween decoration, but it’s actually suppose to protect you from ill will, bad spirits and harm.

So I bought it and brought it home because I was not having the best year, at the time.

When I moved I lost track of it, but you know- I think that if I really need it, it will show up out of nowhere and I’ll find it on my bookshelf.

Like it did the last time.

But that’s another story.

Bancroft Manor: Creating Dossiers

Generators and Inspiration


I created this with The Horror Story Plot Generator,

Not only is playing with the generator fun, but it helped me work out some ideas for my Bancroft Stories By Me Project.

I’m not sure that I’ll keep the Cursed Guillotine in my projects, because as a rule Guillotines are pretty much cursed from the day they are put into service¬† so I don’t find them that interesting,¬† but the plot generator is great way to learn to organize an outline and it help you learn to focus on the elements that create a story. so it’s a fun tool to use.


The Curse of the Cursed Guillotine

A Horror Story
by animos

Whilst investigating the death of a local Pirate, an intuitive Funeral Director called Jingle Gravesend uncovers a legend about a supernaturally-cursed, cursed guillotine circulating throughout London. As soon as anyone uses the guillotine, he or she has exactly 55 days left to live.

The doomed few appear to be ordinary people during day to day life, but when photographed, they look translucent. A marked person feels like a quiet dog to touch.

Jingle gets hold of the guillotine, refusing to believe the superstition. A collage of images flash into her mind: an old-fashioned cat balancing on a slimy Pirate, an old newspaper headline about an unfortunate accident, a hooded rabbit ranting about hands and a drinking well located in a deserted place.

When Jingle notices her eyes have dog-like properties, she realises that the curse of the cursed guillotine is true and calls in her friend, a Bounty Hunter called Erasmus Ferndale, to help.

Erasmus examines the guillotine and willingly submits himself to the curse. He finds that the same visions flash before his eyes. He finds the old-fashioned cat balancing on a slimy Pirate particularly chilling. He joins the queue for a supernatural death.

Jingle and Erasmus pursue a quest to uncover the meaning of the visions, starting with a search for the hooded rabbit. Will they be able to stop the curse before their time is up?

Bancroft Manor Project