Whether or not you believe in any paranormal existence, none of us can deny the thrill that comes with indulging in all kinds of frightening things. Be it horror movies or listening to stories of jinnat from our grandparents, we all have, at some point in our lives, felt the hair at the back of our neck rise due to the fear of the unknown.
One such Instagrammer, Ayesha Muzaffar has devoted her entire account – Abu’s Jinns – to scaring the living hell out of her readers.
And might I add, she has done quite the job with that. She recently finished her series of short bedtime stories, and the aim is quite simple; “Traumatize your child once and for all”. I mean, that’s cute, no? Well, not really, but you’re scaring your child early and preparing them for the real world that’s filled with trauma anyway, so yeah.
These stories are meant for children and as such, the plot is seemingly simple so that it’s easier to impact young minds. But you can take my words for this; they do NOT merely scare children. If anything, it might scare the parents more.
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"Traumatize your child! Ladies and gentlemen, traumatize your child once and for all!" The lady with the corkscrew curls and a khaadi bag over her shoulder, ran in the streets of Lahore, selling stories that the world had not read before. It was past midnight and the shops were getting closed. It was odd because Lahore never slept. At least not till three in the morning. I knew so because that's when I ordered the Hot n Spicy's after twelve parhatta roll deal. I looked at the woman in confusion. She appeared to be in her early twenties and each time she ran fast, she pulled her loosely hung shalwar up. She seemed like a fanatic, running at this hour, trying to sell stories for children. "It's a wicked night," the man behind the counter said. "I've already put my children to bed." I took my parhatta roll from him and headed home. What a weird lady, I thought to myself. I walked down the street, gobbling up the cheese behari wrap, careful not to let the sauce drip on my new shirt. The wind was rather chilly, creating rattling sounds, piercing through my unwashed hair. When I reached home, I locked the door behind me. I went straight to my bedroom to tell my wife about the strange lady selling ghost stories for children. My wife smiled and said that her stories weren't that bad. "Of course. I haven't read them. They're for children," I replied. "But who writes ghost stories for children and offers parents to buy stories that'll send their children to therapy?" My wife smiled again and pointed towards Sana staring at the fan. "What's wrong with her?" I inquired pinching my ten-year-old daughter. She just wouldn't stop staring at the ceiling. "Baba," she whispered. "Mama read me new stories. I can't sleep, baba." My daughter was shivering. I looked at my wife in horror. She sat in peace and after a moment, she slid her hand under the bed quilt and took out a familiar book. It was the book the crazy lady had been selling on the streets. "Let's read these to Sana together," she said. Her nose twitched and blood started pouring down from her ears. Down on her blue kurta, down my shoes. "Haha!" Sana laughed. "Blood, baba. Let's play in blood!" #comingsoononabusjinns
What makes her stories so captivating is how carefully she manipulates her readers and plays mind games by setting her stories in situations and scenarios that almost sound too realistic. Her stories focus on the entities unknown and unseen, and the aftermath of their collision with our world. It is almost too fascinating, even if it makes you want to shit yourself in fear.
Her descriptions of the paranormal are more than just creepy, and she makes sure she carves the perfect image in our minds of what’s going on.
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Abu's Jinns Presents Bedtime Stories for Children. – Traumatize your child once and for all. These stories are jinn tales based on real creatures and set in even real-er surroundings. They're to be read aloud to your children at bedtime. They've purposely been written in a childish manner for your child's little brain to comprehend and for your adorable child to be disturbed for years ahead. Chapter 1. Best Friends. Once upon a time, in the crowded streets of Model Town, there lived Mr. and Mrs. Khan with their beautiful daughter Pinky and their dog Rani. Rani was much older than Pinky. Pinky's real name was Pareesa but her cheeks were so rosy red all the time that the neighborhood aunty Shaista started calling her Pinky and soon everyone forgot Pinky's actual name. Mr. and Mrs. Khan had spent a great amount of time childless and so for the longest time, Rani had been their only companion. Until Pinky turned seven, all was well….[Swipe Images Left to Read More] To read about Abu's Jinns Bedtime Stories for Children Series, please go through the previous post. #abusjinns #bedtimestories #horror #jinns #paranormal #supernatural #pakistaniwriter #disturbing #creepy #boo #horrorread #scarystories #traumatized #goodnight #goosebumps
Her first story revolves around a little girl who befriended a paranormal entity, while her parents disregarded the friendship as the child’s own imagination. The child’s health eventually starts to deteriorate, and her teacher discovers the presence of something oddly impure in the house. Her mother one day sees the entity for herself when she recites the Quran. No more spoilers, but the end is nothing short of nasty.
The titles themselves are enough to scare the shit out of you, jbtw
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Abu's Jinns Presents Bedtime Stories for Children. – Traumatize your child once and for all. These stories are jinn tales based on real creatures and set in even real-er surroundings. They're to be read aloud to your children at bedtime. They've purposely been written in a childish manner for your child's little brain to comprehend and for your adorable child to be disturbed for years ahead. Chapter 3 Children, one day you'll go through something worse than a paranormal experience. More terrifying than the jinns living in your washroom. More horrifying than multiple sheyateen possessing your younger sibling. More frightening than a churail hanging from your living room ceiling fan. More formidable than the dwarfs on your chest that wake you up from your summer nap during dophair. More startling than the footsteps you hear after maghrib. More alarming than the baby boy that rides on your back when you go down for sujood. More petrifying than the second ami who rocks you to sleep and lives under your bed….[Swipe the Images Left to Read More] #abusjinns #horrorstories #jinnstories #graveyard #blackmagic #paranormal #bedtimestories #supernatural #horror #jinns #romance #heartbreak #maghrib #ghosts #ghouls #pakistaniwriter #boo #strangestories #pakistaniculture
This story is about a Qari sahab who gets himself caught up with the likes of jinnat, and loses his wife in the process. He used to teach at a school, and passed by a qabristan on his way home. He loved his wife dearly, and had two beautiful children; a daughter and a son. His wife did wonders with her recitation of the Quran, which catches the attention of the jinnat. They take his wife away so she could teach their children, in exchange for wealth and delicious food. The aftermath of the entire situation leads to satanic sacrifices and blood and destruction and a lot of things that are sure to terrify you.
Not creepy enough?
Well, what about a trip to the psychiatric ward of a haunted hospital?
This next story follows the life of a dissatisfied doctor who wants to escape his boring routine. He aspires to become a vlogger and capture everyday moments but gets caught up in the cycle of typical boring family life and a career he isn’t passionate about. He once gets an opportunity to follow his dreams, only if he completes his 11-month program in the psychiatric ward of a hospital in the outskirts of Sahiwal.
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Abu's Jinns Presents Bedtime Stories for Children. – Traumatize your child once and for all. These stories are jinn tales based on real creatures and set in even real-er surroundings. They're to be read aloud to your children at bedtime. They've purposely been written in a childish manner for your child's little brain to comprehend and for your adorable child to be disturbed for years ahead. Chapter 7- The Hospital PART 1 (Part 2 is in the next post) Today my patient was a divorced woman who sewed her husband's and children's lips together. Her daughter reports that she gets these 'fits' in which her bones crack and she moans in pain. After that, she crawls on her two legs, bent like a spider. She forgets to urinate in the bathroom and says that a black woman with the same face as hers, perhaps a doppelganger, sits next to her at all times. 'Wou meri shakal ki hi hai. Uski zuban samp jaisi hai. Ankhein sufaid hain. Seengh bhi hain. Raat ko soti houn tou uper bethi huwi hoti hai. Mudham awaz main Amnaaa….Amna utho.. bolti rehti hai. Meh kehti houn nae uthna tou moun chahtti hai.' [Swipe the Images Left to Read More] #horrorstories #jinns #paranormal #traumatizeyourchild #thehospital #pakistaniwriter #abusjinns #irfanjunejo
He comes across some absurd, creepy AF cases. One case involves a girl whom he considers schizophrenic because of her paranoid hallucinations and her constant “self-harm”. Turns out, it isn’t self harm. Another case involves a woman who sewed the lips of her family members together because she “didn’t want them to shout when they saw the other her”. The other her? Well, just her doppelgänger who has a saanp jaisi zabaan aur seengh bhi hain us kay. Has white creepy eyes and sits atop her when she sleeps. The real story gets interesting (and by interesting I mean grotesquely twisted) when the doctor comes across the rotting body of a pregnant woman who died giving birth. Oh, did I mention that the doctor himself was on his way to becoming a father? Well, go figure.
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Abu's Jinns Presents Bedtime Stories for Children. – Traumatize your child once and for all. These stories are jinn tales based on real creatures and set in even real-er surroundings. They're to be read aloud to your children at bedtime. They've purposely been written in a childish manner for your child's little brain to comprehend and for your adorable child to be disturbed for years ahead. Chapter 7- The Hospital PART 2 (Part 1 is in the previous post) Today I was sent downstairs to the morgue to check on a corpse. It wasn't an ordinary corpse. It was the corpse of a woman who had died giving birth. According to the reports, it was decaying rapidly and no explanation of such a fast decay was possible. Her death had been reported in the early hours of morning and due to an unknown infection, maggots were eating out her eye. The strangest part was that the senior most doctors could not figure out why the insects feeding off on 'Yumna Jahangir' were creepers that were only found in a certain soil in Bangladesh and Yumna had never been there. Eerily enough, the insects were reported to be extinct. [Swipe the Images Left to Read More] #horrorstories #jinns #churail #dayan #thriller #pichalperi #witches #witchcraft #abusjinns #shortstory #scarystories #bedtimestories #terror #nightmares
The next story sheds some light onto the more serious matters of our culture and society; “Bahu kay yahan aulaad kab hogi?”
It follows the life of a woman who gets married and is anxiously awaiting to get pregnant, owing to the insurmountable pressure from her saas. Jethani dewrani get pregnant as well, much to her displeasure, and it only adds to her aggravating frustration. One day she visits the park and sees an odd old woman who watches her from afar. She sees her almost every day until one day she comes up to her and asks her to pray for her. The next day the woman discovers she’s pregnant, and SIX MONTHS pregnant. Her pregnancy follows a peculiar path, with her husband discovering a creepy AF little boy on his bedside one day.
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Abu's Jinns Presents Bedtime Stories for Children. – Traumatize your child once and for all. These stories are jinn tales based on real creatures and set in even real-er surroundings. They're to be read aloud to your children at bedtime. They've purposely been written in a childish manner for your child's little brain to comprehend and for your adorable child to be disturbed for years ahead. Chapter 4 – In the Womb One night, Sohail woke up to see a little boy sitting on the edge of his bed. The boy held a parrot in his hand and as Sohail moved upwards from his sleeping position to see the boy, he saw that the boy was half human half horse. He had hooves. His complexion was dark – black like Sohail's Cherry Shoe polish. The boy smiled at Sohail. Sohail, after witnessing this spine-chilling sight, jumped from the bed. He recited duas but the boy did not move. He tried to wake his wife up, but Kiran had always been a heavy sleeper. He picked up the boy from his hairy, horse-like legs and dragged him outside of the room. He then closed the door. He was shivering. [Swipe the Images Left to Read More] #horrorstories #jinnstories #abusjinns #bedtimestories #traumatizeyourchild #pregnancy #phantombaby #satan
She’s written 8 short stories in total, all nothing short of creepy and disturbing. But if you enjoy stuff that fucks up your mind and gives you nightmares that haunt you for days, these stories are definitely for you. You can even buy her book, by the way!
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It was a fine morning. Fine, as in Farhan had left for work and I had the bed all to myself. I had my body wrapped in the afghan quilt, perhaps like one of those colorful sushi rolls I had gobbled up in Phuket. and I was in-between that state of sleep and wakefulness where the aftertaste of kashmiri chai still seduced my lips. My futile thoughts were disrupted by the door knob turning and massi rukhsana stepping into my room. Her lilac dupatta had parted ways with her hanging milk packs and had been carefully placed on the top of her head. In one hand she held a phool jaroo and in the other, a cardboard box, suffocated in duct tape. 'Baji, tuwade liye parcel aya hai.' the Korean noodles that I had ordered weren't due till next week and it wasn't my birthday either. I said salam, unwrapped myself from the snug position and sat down on the faded, nylon carpet. In silence, I stared at the box. The top said, Miss Ayesha Muzafffar. People usually tend to miss the double ff's but this man, or woman, had gone the extra mile to write three. I started to open it neatly, bit by bit but then it gave me a paper cut, so I punished it by ripping it apart to pieces. It snuggled in itself, my first fan mail. A fan mail from Ganish village, Hunza. Out came a box of apricot cake and a couple of letters. One titled, 'I read your stories to ami in bed.' another titled, 'The greatest story teller'. I do not know who sent it. 'from love, a friend who lives on Silk road', it said. So friend, if you're reading this, the edible delight was scrumptious, it was devoured by my father-in-law in a matter of minutes, the letters made me twinkle for a week, but how in God's name did you know my address? To celebrate such affection, I'm giving away five laminated copies of the original Abu's Jinns. Whoever lives in Lahore and happens to message me first, please get them picked up from the address (DHA) I provide. It's alright if you do not come with apricot cake.
Her own story is nothing short of interesting and you can read more about that here.
She grew up reading books like R.L Stine’s “Goosebumps” and Ibn-e-Safi’s “Jasoosi” digests, and had her father help her in the quest. She finds writing about fear, blood, raw killings, monsters under the bed, and all that is unseen and unknown, exhilarating. To sum it all up in Ayesha’s own words, “Frightened people inspire me to write. Maghrib time inspires me to write. Clean bedsheets. Petrified aunties. They inspire me to write.” But most importantly, her Abu, her biggest fan, is her biggest inspiration.
So the next time you think about reading her stories, be sure to check for monsters under the bed. And don’t forget to read them out to little kids when they’re being annoying little brats. Have fun!
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