Mary Shelley's Box Desk
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Mary Shelley


Box Desk


Whoever writes on it can let go of their fears and nightmares, making them happier and have better relationships with people


Said fears combine to form a monster that will follow the user until they face it


Writing on it

Collected by

Rebecca St. Clair and Lester Mann


The Samhain Sector





Date of Collection

December 2, 1959


Origins[edit | edit source]

Mary Shelley was wed to poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, but is today remembered for writing the novel Frankenstein. In 1816, the couple famously spent a summer with Lord Byron, John William Polidori, and Claire Clairmont near Geneva, Switzerland, where Mary conceived the idea for her novel Frankenstein.

On the first anniversary of Mary Shelley's death, the Shelleys opened her box-desk. Inside they found locks of her dead children's hair, a notebook she had shared with Percy Bysshe Shelley, and a copy of his poem Adonaïs with one page folded round a silk parcel containing some of his ashes and the remains of his heart, which had survived his cremation as it had been hardened by calcium due to an earlier bout with tuberculosis.

Shelving[edit | edit source]

The desk upon which Mrs. Shelley wrote her novel 'Frankenstein' has been a subject for debate amongst Warehouse agents for years. Agents have claimed that it should be placed in the Dark Vault, since it shares so much in common with the artifacts there that had belonged to famous writers. Others have insisted it should be placed in the Leeuwenhoek Aisle, do to its very nature as an artifact. But whatever reason, whether it's taken on the ideology of its previous owner or just because it likes the ambiance of its current location, the desk agrees with the Agents who maintain it belongs in the Samhain Sector.

Effects[edit | edit source]

The desk prompts whoever writes on it to release their fears and nightmares through writing, which leaves them happier, calmer, and have better relationships with their family and friends. However, the fears manifest into a monster made up of all the fears put together, which will stalk the writer until they face it.

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