The piano is locked away, draped in dark cloth. A sign sits on top, painted in wild letters: DO NOT PLAY THE PIANO!

If you’re curious as to why, the janitor – who’s full of stories as the people we forget are there always are – will tell you.

There was a pianist who could capture the perfect sound, loved for the fury of his performances.

One night, he put too much fury into his work. His heart burst on a thunderous note and he toppled onto the keys, dead.

Three weeks later, another man tried to play at the same piano. The moment his fingers touched the keys, he let out a scream and fell to the stage, convulsing.

The music of the pianist, his furious passion captured at the moment of his death, echoed still in the piano.

If you value life and sanity – Don’t touch the dead man’s keys.

Word Count: 150

This is for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. Thanks to Priceless Joy for running the challenge and Mike Vore for providing the prompt photo!

  1. Jade M. Wong says:

    Oh my God I love this!! Perfect mix of terror, mystery, and intrigue.

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  2. Great story J.A.! The passionate pianist left his spirit in the keys of the piano. Great ending line!

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  3. Like this! Great job!

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  4. Iain Kelly says:

    A great little piece of urban legend. Nicely done.

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  5. Joyfrida says:

    totally horrifying , loved it

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  6. Frighteningly weird. Good writing.

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  7. Martin Cororan says:

    …Dare I type a comment on the Dead Man’s Laptop? Good stuff!

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  8. The Voice says:

    And another artifact of horror is born. Clever idea. I enjoyed that.

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  9. James says:

    A cursed piano. I love it.

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  10. Vaidehi Soni says:

    Spooky stuff. Loved it 😊

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  11. mandibelle16 says:

    Wow, a cursed piano. ‘deadmans keys’ a cross between a forbidden object in Pirates of the Caribbean and Phantom of the Opera!

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  12. Wow! A possessed piano. I rather have the strings of Frankie Presto then this piano. Haha. Great story, J.A.

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  13. Ameena k.g says:

    What a fascinating story! I would like to go out in a limb here and say, “it might just be a coincidence” 😀

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  14. I think this gives new meaning to “killer performance”…

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  15. athling2001 says:

    Wow! A haunted piano. Intense and well done. The ‘storyteller’ voice makes the story much more horrible than if you had it in written in First Person.

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