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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Memoir  |  House: Booksie Classic

All they want is to know you, so why are you afraid?

Submitted: October 28, 2017

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Submitted: October 28, 2017



Though I would rather read or write a book than watch a movie, I hereby formally acknowledge the importance of film to writing because bestselling novels are made into blockbuster feature films and, after all, somebody has to write the screenplay for a movie.  There's nothing quite like curling up by the fireplace on a chill autumn evening with a haunting book.


My favorite horror movie of 2017 is Split, not so much for the movie itself, but because it draws attention to the real life horror that there are criminally insane people lurking among the millions of faces on Earth - dangerous people who walk among us, real live human monsters against whom we do wisely to protect ourselves.

Look at what Jack the Ripper did in Whitechapel in 1888. Then there’s the Zodiac Killer who murdered people in California during the 1960s & 70s. The Alphabet Killer who targeted people with double initials, the Tylenol Murders in Chicago where people were dying from taking over-the-counter meds that had been tainted with potassium cyanide, the Axeman of New Orleans who hacked people to death - these are all horrific and utterly terrifying blood-curdling atrocities, yet what is really terrifying is the fact that, to date, the identity of these cunning savage heartless cruel serial murderers remains completely unknown!

It is morbidly demoralizing to think that at any moment in a crowd of people we may be standing next to a homicidal maniac who has murdered any number of unsuspecting victims in cold blood. 


It is very scary acting in or working on a horror film. Actor Will Sampson called for an exorcism to lift the curse that was causing people to die during filming of the Poltergeist movies, but he ended up dying shortly after the exorcism.

Dominique Dunne, one of the actresses in the first Poltergeist movie was strangled to death by her estranged boyfriend in the same year the film was released.

Another actor in the film, Oliver Robins, was attacked by a mechanical clown that malfunctioned during the shoot and actually hurt the boy.

Jennifer Carpenter says she felt a presence in her hotel room during filming of The Exorcism of Emily Rose.

On the first day of shooting The Omen, members of the film crew were in a car crash and Rottweilers used in the movie turned on their handlers.

Urban legend has it that nine deaths occurred among the crew during filming of The Exorcist and a fire destroyed the movie set.

It may be just an eerie coincidence, but Sharon Tate, who was an actress in Eye of the Devil and who was married to Roman Polanski director of Rosemary’s Baby, was found dead at the scene of a grisly “ritualistic style” murder where the killers scrawled Satanic messages on the wall in the victim’s blood. The cult leader Charles Manson and his followers who lived in a commune where drug-fueled orgiastic debauchery was rampant were convicted of the unspeakable crime.


Madhumati from 1958 is a film which suggests subtle occult mystique because Vyjayanthimala is believable in the roles she plays.  The plot of the film is lurid, a painter talking about being haunted by the ghost of the woman he loves - it’s suspiciously romantic.

The soundtrack is eerie.  I can listen to Carnatic music and it really moves me emotionally, but when I watch a the artists perform the music I get confused.

I can watch Ravi Shankar play Raga and I don’t get confused, but when I watch Vyjayanthimala singing Carnatic music I get neurotically disturbed.

I don’t understand why this is, but I think it has something to do with the enigmatic ghost in Madhumati old movie.  I am a portrait painter as well as a novelist, so I easily get lost in visionary movements of art which may lead to profound revelations opening wide the doors of Cosmic perception.


The best way to monetize full Bollywood movies is to make your own, because the Bollywood movie industry is lucrative capitalism and the most profitable method of capitalizing on said industry is to be a Bollywood filmmaker.

By commanding the rights to Bollywood movies of your own making, you get the biggest slice of the monetary pie.

Almost as lucrative is merchandising, i.e., selling T-shirts, dolls, coffee mugs, hats, jewelry, and other merchandise which showcases Bollywood actors and film titles.

Remember what Aristotle said ~ “Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - choice, not chance, determines your destiny.


The smartest decisions made in a horror movie are stimulating the viewing audience’s endocrine systems by fleshing out a character with a damaged eye. A cataract, a patch, a scar, a glass eye - these abnormalities trigger what is known in the entertainment industry as “eye scream”.

Any plot twists which place the human eye in precarious situations are the smartest decisions made in a horror movie.

A pirate, a vagabond, a witch, a thief - (or even a Private Eye) the eerie ambiance of such mysterious characters is amplified manifold by adding a freakish eye to their persona of charnel danger and secret knowledge.

In the 1929 silent surrealist short film, Un Chien Andalou, Salvador Dali and Luis Brunuel cleverly capitalized on Eye Scream by using a razor blade to slice open a woman’s eyeball. When the vitreous humor comes oozing out of the gaping wound, one experiences a flood of the revolting passion which is subliminally suggested by giving a character in a horror story an oddball eye.

Gruesome graphic scenes of this type are unexpected. The surprise factor heightens the emotional stench and boosts the cunning potency of the depraved scene to stimulate the endocrine systems of the reading audience. Stimulation of the glands of the human endocrine system, a/k/a/ the release of steroid hormones and natural pain killers into the bloodstream is the most hidden secret in the entire entertainment industry, especially in horrorifying tales of spine-chilling fright.

If you are interested in delving deeper into the psychological structural framework underlying the principles of the smartest decisions made in crafting horror, I discuss these cryptic topics in great illuminating detail among the pages of the books I write.


Note to Self ~ Dagon film, based on the story by Howard Philips Lovecraft, is creepy with no jump scares. Also the video documentaries about the Edmund Fitzgerald are creepy with no jump scares.

Any videos about ghost towns or people who cannibalized each other, such as what happened to the Donner party in the Rocky Mountains during the winter of 1846–47, are creepy with no jump scares.

Bigfoot, Sasquatch, the Roswell UFO crash, and videos about human spontaneous combustion are creepy with no jump scares.

I like creepy videos with no jump scares.


The ridges of your fingerprints give the Mystic Moth a grip to hold.  She has luminous dust on her wings ~ Fairy Dust.  All it takes is a sprinkle to start the vision of the Doors of Perception opening to reveal your most yearned~for secret.  You are on the threshold of psychic cornucopia.  The Mystic Moth can take you where you want to go.  She is calling your name.  Do you dare answer her haunting summons?


The ghostly manuscripts penned by Sean Terrence Best are at your fingertips via, Barnes&Noble, and many other booksellers.

© Copyright 2020 Sean Terrence Best. All rights reserved.

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