The Curse of the Weathered Newspaper: A Horror Story by Hansel

Whilst investigating the death of a local housekeeper, a gentle mechanic called Charity Thorn hill uncovers a legend about a supernaturally-cursed, weathered newspaper circulating throughout Ireland. As soon as anyone uses the newspaper, 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 zombified. A marked person feels like a beautiful toad to touch.

Charity gets hold of the newspaper, refusing to believe the superstition. A collage of images flash into her mind: a giant cat balancing on a crumpled housekeeper, an old newspaper headline about a catapulting accident, a hooded cat ranting about legs and a drinking well located in a grey place.

When Charity notices her eyebrows have toad-like properties, she realizes that the curse of the weathered newspaper is true and calls in her grandfather, a shopkeeper called Graham Meadows, to help.

Graham examines the newspaper and willingly submits himself to the curse. He finds that the same visions flash before his eyes. He finds the giant cat balancing on a crumpled housekeeper particularly chilling. He joins the queue for a supernatural death.

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

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