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Frederick van Eeden's Writing Desk


Frederick van Eeden


Writing desk


Incites shared dreaming


Extended use results in recurring nightmares.


Writing on desk

Collected by

Arthur Nielsen & Hunter White


Writer's Alley

Date of Collection

September 29, 2020



Frederick van Eeden (1860-1932) was a Dutch writer and psychiatrist, who was known for coining the term "lucid dreaming", although he had meant the phrase to mean mental clarity, rather than the term as we know it today. Eeden was known to have several dream journals which chronicled his recurring dreams over the years, starting in 1896 and concluding in 1913, after which he published his findings as "A Study of Dreams." During these years of his chronicling of his dreams, the desk he used for writing became imbued with the recurring nature of the dreams he described, resulting in any item written on the desk to become able to incite shared dreaming between users.


After hearing reports of a strange "shared dreaming" phenomena affecting a small town in the Netherlands, Agent Nielsen took rookie Agent White to retrieve the artifact that was causing the town's troubles. After looking for the artifact for a week, Agent Nielsen was about to call it quits when Agent White began to suffer similar effects to the artifact. Thinking back to their interactions within the last week, they managed to track down the artifact to an antique writing desk once belonging to Frederick van Eeden, which Agent White had used to write down contact information of one of the interviewees. After much deliberation and coaxing of the owner, Agent Nielsen and Agent White were able to safely transport the desk back to the Warehouse, where it now resides in Writer's Alley.


Writing on the desk will cause anything written on the desk to become imbued with the ability to incite shared dreaming among users of the desk. However, whenever someone uses the desk for more than 2 weeks, they will to begin to have recurring nightmares.