Ian Curtis's Vox Phantom Special VI Guitar


Ian Curtis




Has soothing effects when played.


User takes on illnesses of people they play to. Afflictions develop rapidly.


Using the guitar

Collected by

Artie Nielsen


Dark Vault


Podium 43

Date of Collection



Origin[edit | edit source]

Ian Kevin Curtis (15 July 1956 — 18 May 1980) was an English musician, singer and songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the post-punk band Joy Division. Joy Division released their debut album, Unknown Pleasures, in 1979 and recorded their follow-up, Closer, in 1980. Curtis, who suffered from epilepsy and depression, committed suicide on 18 May 1980, on the eve of Joy Division's first North American tour, resulting in the band's dissolution and the subsequent formation of New Order. Curtis' last live performance was on 2 May 1980, at High Hall of Birmingham University, a show that included Joy Division's first and only performance of "Ceremony", later recorded by New Order and released as their first single. The last song Curtis performed on stage was "Digital". The recording of this performance is on the Still album.

Detailed in Debbie Curtis' Touching from a Distance, Curtis was staying at his parents' house at this time and attempted to talk his wife into staying with him on 17 May 1980, to no avail. He told her to leave him alone in the house until he caught his train to Manchester the next morning. In the early hours of 18 May 1980, Curtis hanged himself in the kitchen of his house at 77 Barton Street, Macclesfield. His wife found Ian's body the next morning; he had used the kitchen's washing line to hang himself. At the time of his death, his health was failing as a result of the epilepsy.

Curtis was cremated at Macclesfield Crematorium and his ashes were buried. His memorial stone, inscribed with "Ian Curtis 18 – 5 – 80" and "Love Will Tear Us Apart", was stolen in July 2008 from the grounds of Macclesfield Cemetery. The missing memorial stone was later replaced by a new stone.

Effects[edit | edit source]

The guitar has a compulsive effect that urges people to play it. Unlike most Dark Vault class artifacts, this urge is reported to be a benevolent one, unlike the malicious auras of other such artifacts. When held, the user will feel a desire to play to sickly or troubled people and the sounds of the guitar have a soothing effect that helps calm their woes.

For every person played to, the user will begin to suffer various afflictions and illnesses that will continue to rapidly develop the more it is played. Coupled with the guitar's desire to be played, this can quickly become debilitating and even fatal.

Storage and Handling[edit | edit source]

Stored on a special stand in the Dark Vault.

Neutralizer gloves are mandatory. Due to the compulsive nature of the guitar, it must be handled very quickly and carefully. If the artifact must be moved for any reason, store it within a special neutralizer guitar case within thirty seconds of removing from the neutralizer field to prevent accidental activation.

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