Curse tablets were used by the ancient Greeks and Romans to inflict pain on thieves and rivals in politics, athletics, domestic disputes, and affairs of the heart. Wonder who incurred the wrath of this author? http://bit.ly/TWi10m
Curse Tablet, about 100 B.C., found in Morgantina, Sicily. Lead, 3 11/16 x 1 13/16 in. (9.4 x 4.6 cm). Museo Archeologico Regionale of Aidone
That is plot fodder right there.