Cursed places come in all shapes and sizes and the curses vary in cause and origin. The common thing is that there is a place which causes misfortune and disaster to those who reside in it or own it. It may also affect those who merely visit it, and are not careful enough to get away fast.
An Old Lord’s Castle – the Classic Example
Anyone who’d read the Sherlock Holmes books written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle knows about the Curse of the Baskervilles. The curse is old – it dates back to 1742, at least a hundred fifty years before the events described in the Hound of the Baskervilles. In a common mix between the Family Curse and a Cursed Place, the Hound of Baskerville was believed to haunt the estate ever since the old owner’s crime. Hugo Baskerville released his hounds on a local’s daughter he became obsessed with and abducted. Her attempt at escape was cut short by his vicious dogs. That very night, a black, monstrous dog appeared and killed Hugo just as his own hounds ripped the girl apart. The book starts with the cursed hound having killed Charles Baskerville, the latest owner of the family estate. While the story is fictional, it describes a common enough occurrence, when a crime committed in a place makes this place cursed. Such curses will rain ill fortune and even disaster on the inhabitants unless lifted by means of curse removal.
The Blessed / Cursed Place “Paradox”
Sometimes a good place will protect itself and generate a curse to befall those who desecrate it. Uluru is an example of just that. It is a majestic rock in the Australian outback visited by thousands of tourists every year. This being sacred aboriginal ground, it is illegal to take stones from it away. But there is more than just the law to protect this piece of sacred land. Regular mailed parcels from all around the world contain bits of this land returned back to Australia, sent by tourists who disregarded the prohibition and reported a streak of misfortune to have followed them home.
A Keg Full of Ghost
The mansion is now one of the many Keg steakhouse locations, but it was not always the property of the successful franchise. It was once privately owned by the industrialist Hart Massey and his family. When Massey’s beloved only daughter died in 1915, one of the housemaids was so stricken by grief that she took her own life by hanging herself. Ever since then, visitors to the place have reported seeing the ghost of the maid hanging from her neck in the same spot where she actually did, those many years ago.
Cursed places don’t have to be a source of complete and utter disaster to make their inhabitant’s lives miserable. Many homes have an unseen effect on the lives of families residing in them, those effects never being connected to the source.