Harris Burdick Mysteries: Mr. Linden’s Library

After each page Cindy turned, the more drawn into her story she was. It was as if vines wrapped around her and pulled her closer and closer each flip of a page. Finally Cindy’s eye lids grew heavy and she drifted of to a deep sleep. Cindy dreamed sweet dreams until she woke up with a start. Vines had begun to sprout from her novel. They had wrapped around her small thin wrists, immobilizing her arms. Although she screamed at the top of her lungs, her words seemed to be swallowed up by the book. It was dead silence to anyone around. The fat green vines, which were approaching her chest quickly, were tight and strong. There was no escaping this creeping plant. Cindy’s mind was racing. Flashes of her fondest memories skimmed through her mind. She pretended to go to sleep, for the last time. With what she thought to be her last breath, the vines had simply disappeared. Cindy gasped. She breathed easy for the first in what she thought was forever. There was no more time to be happy. She stumbled to her feet, grabbed the book and launched out the widow with a grunt. She collapsed back on to her bed because she was exhausted. Exhausted in every way. Her mind, her lungs, her body. As tired as she was there was no way she was going to go back to sleep. In the back off her mind she heard the librarian’s mumbled words. “Beware. Beware of the book.”

4 Comments on Harris Burdick Mysteries: Mr. Linden’s Library

  1. Taissa T Livingston
    March 2, 2018 at 3:04 am (7 months ago)

    Hi Olivia, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post: Harris Burdick Mysteries: Mr. Linden Library. You grabbed my attention from the beginning with you wrote: “It was as if vines wrapped around her and pulled her closer and closer each flip of a page.” I was intrigued and wanted to know more about the story and what was going to happen to the main character. Did you read this book for a class assignment or was it for pleasure? Your vivid description and details have peaked my interest to want to know how the book ends. So, I think I am going to add it to my book list to read when the semseter is over. Is your title the title of the book? If not, can you please provide me with the title?

    • Olivia
      March 5, 2018 at 5:56 pm (7 months ago)

      Hi Taissa,
      It was a class assignment. The Harris Burdick Mysteries is the book. However it is more of a book of illustrations. The book is filled with this interesting pictures and we had to pick on and then write a story about it. All the images have titles and Mr. Lindens Library was the picture I chose. This was my take or version of the story behind this image. Thank you so much for the comment!

  2. Victoria Pender
    March 3, 2018 at 1:08 am (7 months ago)

    Hi Olivia,
    This short story you have written is amazingly creative. As an avid reader and a lover of horror stories this made me truly happy to see such inspiration in someone your age. It reminds me of when I was younger and loved writing. I still love writing, but I lost that creative spark that gave me the motivation to continue it in college. I implore you to hold on to that spark and be unrelenting in your writing!

    • Olivia
      March 5, 2018 at 5:50 pm (7 months ago)

      Hi Victoria!
      Thanks you so much. I really enjoyed writing that post. This past year I have discovered I really like reading and writing about Science Fiction. In class we got choose an image from the Harris Burdick Mysteries Book, and when I saw the Mr. Linden’s Library post I thought: I can turn this into a really interesting story. Once I started writing I had trouble stopping. I was even thinking of possibly writing a part two. Have you ever seen the Harris Burdick Mysteries Book? If not, and you are interested in Horror and Science Fiction, I would defiantly recommended it!


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