Every writer needs a few good poisons to use in stories. Use the ones you find here or combine their effects and make up one of your own.
Arsenic, the King of Poisons
The little old ladies in "Arsenic and Old Lace" used these three poisons together in their deadly elderberry wine. One gallon of their wine contained one teaspoon of arsenic, half a teaspoon of strychnine, and just a pinch of cyanide. If you drank a glass of this wine, imminent death was certain.
Death by Honey
Honey is that wonderfully sweet and sticky substance made by bees using nectar or pollen collected from flowers. It is nutritious and is the only food that contains all the substances necessary to sustain life. How can someone become mad or even die from ingesting it?
Death Cap, the Murderous Mushroom
Mushrooms have been used in many murder mysteries as a weapon of death. Exactly what varieties of mushroom cause death? Can they be easily recognized? How easy would it be for someone to commit murder using mushrooms? In this article, we take a look at the Death Cap mushroom.
Curare is known as flying death or moonseed as well as other more scientific names. It is the poison that South American tribesmen put on the tips of their arrows to poison either the game they are hunting or their enemies. The poison would just kill the animals and not infect the meat.
Lily of the Valley
The beautiful flower graces my yard during the spring, and you may even find it in yours. Its large, upright stems are called pipes, and from them hang sweet-smelling, bell-shaped, white flowers, and its berries are orange-red. Donít be fooled by its beauty; all parts of it are extremely poisonous
Monkshood, the Killer Plant
There are many varieties of monkshood. This queen of poisons is also called wolfsbane, aconite, leopardís bane, womenís bane, devilís helmet, blue rocket, and friarís cap. Her beauty is astounding, but her flowers of white, cream, yellow, blue, or purple are deadly.
Poison of the Sea - Conidae & Blue-Ringed Octopus
What creatures are there that lurk in the depths of the ocean that are poisonous to humans? Some of the beautiful creatures of the ocean should only be admired from a distance. The poison of the conidae (cone shell) and the blue-ringed octopus are extremely toxic to humans and other animals.
Poison of the Sea - Jellyfish & Pufferfish
The ocean is home to many amazing creatures. Wouldnít you like to swim beneath its waters and gaze at them up close? But just as the oceanís waters are not forever tranquil, neither are its inhabitants always the kind you want to be near. The bite or touch of many of them can be deadly.
The Classic Poison Strychnine
Arsenic, cyanide, and strychnine are the classic poisons. This article focuses on strychnine, the crystallized powder that is white, odorless, and bitter.
It would not be wisdom to knowingly eat any mushrooms from the Amanita family. Some of them are safe, but the majority of them can kill you Ė or be used to kill someone. You either allow your character to use the mushrooms and escape detection by the law or you have him mess up and get caught.
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Have you heard horror stories about the bite of the brown recluse spider? How would you know if you ran into one of these arachnids? How could you use one or more of these venomous creatures in your writing?
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