Translated from 重寫戒淫證輯 - 淫書害人，作者受陰譴.
The Peony Pavilion, a book with vivid narrations of affection, sexual relationships & encounters, had misled many in believing that such acts and behaviors were chic and classy. Someone who had ‘returned’ from the verge of death, recounted that he witnessed the late author being trapped in an isolated dark room, tormented by the pain of skin ripped off his body by the heat of fire (fire of desire). There was yet another Chinese classic, Romance of the Western Bower (西廂記) that depicted adulteries and sexual misbehaviors, poisoning the minds of readers. The author was said to reap the negative karma of his work, he died from biting his own tongue for no apparent cause before he could complete the book. Another author of the novel, Hui Zhen Ji (會真記), slandered his cousin for adultery in his writing out of anger when he was being refused from marrying her. This had not only put the decent lady to shame, it had also promoted the emulation of adultery acts. It was said that he had a terrible ending, and his corpse was struck by lightning and set to blaze. The next three generations of famous writer of the Outlaw of The Marsh (水滸傳) , Shi Nai’An, were known to born dumb, as a result of in-depth depiction of rapes and sexual brutality in his work. Jin-Shen who praised and even wrote commentaries for these mentioned novels with illustrations of lusts and sexual misconducts, got himself imprisoned and subsequently caused his and his family members’ lives.
Editor commentary: These well-known authors did not believe or has no regards for the law of cause and effect, and wrote those novels out of self-gratification, without realizing that they would intoxicate the minds of readers. Consequently, they have to face the music and suffered from ill fate of their acts. These stories are stern reminder to all writers