The curse. It's a long standing tradition among many cultures. Many believe in it's power while others believe it to be superstitious nonsense. There are those that say if you do not believe in the curse's power it can have no hold on it's target. In a paranormal story, the curse can be used to instill fear, seek revenge, separate lovers, even create comical effects. It is also an extremely effective plot device.
In an upcoming story I'm working on; a curse is placed on my heroine. This is for the last of the "Druid" series - The Dark Desire of the Druids - Book 4. This series has utilized Magickers, mystical artifacts (Book 2: Sex and Subterfuge) and witch hunters (Book 1: Muder and Magick). It's wrought with paranormal elements, so adding a curse seemed natural.
James, my hero, will witness the invoking of the curse onto Isadore, the woman he loves. Should he believe in it's power? Will he consider it superstitious nonsense or will his own magickal abilities lead him to believe it will come true?
Those are questions he wrestles with while coming to terms with his own feelings and desires. In the end will it become a self fulling prophecy? Or is the power of the curse real?