- Buffy the Vampire Slayer, episode 1, Season 6
Welcome to Buddha's Black Dog, my blog on curses and spells: for what it's about (and my other blogs) see
Buddha's Black Dog is organised thematically, and older posts will be linked to after each post.
The 'Curse of the Crying Boy' is a very curious curse associated with the once-popular kitsch print, 'The Crying Boy'. The invaluable Fortean Times featured this story in July 2008 -
'The Curse of the Crying Boy’ appeared out of the blue one morning in 1985. The Sun, at that time the most popular tabloid newspaper in the English-speaking world, published on page 13 of its 4 September edition a story headlined: “Blazing Curse of the Crying Boy”. It told how Ron and May Hall blamed a cheap painting of a toddler with tears rolling down his face for a fire which gutted their terraced council home in Rotherham, a mining town in South Yorkshire. The blaze broke out in a chip-pan in the kitchen of their home of 27 years and spread rapidly. But although the downstairs rooms of the house were badly damaged, the framed print of the Crying Boy escaped unscathed. It continued to hang there, surrounded by a scene of devastation. '
As the Fortean Times points out, there is an old superstition that you can expect bad luck when a picture falls off a wall, and something about the story sparked off a series of similar stories about accidents to the painting - or variants of it - causing houses to burn down.
Ancient Curses 1: the Curse of Akkad
Ancient Curses 2: Otzi the Ice Man
Ancient Curses 3: Egyptian Curses
Ancient Curses 4: a professional's counter-spell
Curses and Music 1: The 27 Curse and Amy Winehouse
Curses in Literature 1: the Jackdaw of Rheims
Curses in Literature 2: 'The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral'
Curses that Worked 1: the Curse of Shakespeare's Tomb
Proverbial Curses 1
Theatre Curses 1: Macbeth
Historical Curses 1: the Monition of Cursing Against the Border Reivers
My other blogs are
A Glasgow Album - a photoblog drifting in a melancholy manner around the city
and photographs of dogs tied up outside shops and other places (not too melancholy)