Cerebral Hobgoblin

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

What shadow round yonder pen lurks?




The loathsome savage lurks in shadowy corners of the mind casting hexes causing typos, grammatical incongruencies, sentence repetition, kinks in inspiration, and even the dreaded writer's block.  In a desperate campaign to victoriously battle this imp of the pen, I offer hinting portals of creativity through which one may escape the accursed gloom of the Wraith of Writers.  If you're ever stumped by this creeping beast's cunning snares, it is my hope the literary clues listed here shall add to your armory of defenses against the ilk of the monster of compositional confusion and apathy.

Write about the dangers of being smarter than other people.

Geneticist Dr. Tanya Holzmayer was violently gunned down in the doorway of her own home when she answered to the delivery of a pizza she did not order. It was an ambush arranged without the knowledge of the pizza delivery associate who was manipulated as a decoy and who, after shots were fired by the assassin from behind, went running down the street with the pizzas fleeing in panic the gruesome scene of the brutal murder.

The body of Harvard biology professor Dr. Don Wiley floated up among logs 340 miles downstream in the muddy Mississippi river after disappearing from a bridge on a cold night in Memphis.

Biophysicist Dr. Robert M. Schwartz was slain medieval style with a sword by his own daughter and her Goth friends who were obsessed with demonism and the occult.

The body of Dr. Benito Que, a cell biologist researching cures for infectious diseases, was found slumped on a deserted street. Witnesses reported the scientist had been attacked by four males armed with a baseball bat.

In January 2001, the blood-drenched corpses of two Dartmouth College professors were found lying on the floor of their Etna, New Hampshire home.

In Orange County, California the body of a University of Pennsylvania student was unearthed from a shallow grave on January 9 of this year.

These horrifying facts give a whole new and darkly sinister meaning to the old apothegm “Education has its price.”


Two people from two different cultures looking at the same number (56) would NOT see the same curves and lines with their eyes. They would definitely see completely different shapes because people from different cultures are subjected to radically different brainwashing techniques, which is what propaganda, including the number (56), in the media is all about.

For instance, people from the planet Bulgor (the Bulgorians) are brainwashed into thinking the number (56) is really a triangular-shaped symbol representing an oversized menu item which they can order as a combination meal with fries and a drink for less money.

The naïve Bulgorians are hoodwinked into thinking they are receiving a larger supply of healthy nutrients for less of a price, when in fact, they are contaminating their bodies with genetically modified nutrient substitutes covertly engineered to reduce their capacity for independent thought while at the same time weakening their will and increasing the fat to muscle ratio of their bodies so that they will become lazy and sit with their eyes glued to television screens or computer monitors watching what they think is variety show entertainment, but is in actuality the number (56) repeatedly flashed on the screen over and over to keep them in a mindless trance of resistless submission.

Chemicals designed to addict the sad Bulgorians to the menu items of so-called fast-food restaurants are another secretly added ingredient which has the effect of deceitfully inducing the Bulgorians to crave the very poison which is destroying their intellectual independence making them slaves of the state.

To the Bulgorians, the number (56) triangular icon represents the glamorized ideal of a fashionable lifestyle, while the whole time the victimized inhabitants of planet Bulgor are actually being subdued by the insidious yoke of dictatorial oppression.

Conversely, a person from the planet Xaxon (the Xaxonians) is brainwashed into seeing an entirely different curve and line when viewing the number (56). They don’t see a five beside a six, nor do they see a triangle - they see a parallelogram leviathan beast of darkest evil mercilessly devouring one of their own kind.

The Xaxonians are brainwashed into fearing that the people of planet Bulgor and the people of Earth are in collusion to destroy their Xaxonian civilization and take over their entire Xaxon world by launching interplanetary nuclear missiles which, when detonated on Xaxon, will release a winged demonic creature from the underworld that has seven heads and ten crowns - a dragon from a bottomless pit of eternal darkness breathing fire and brimstone which will consume all of the Xaxonian firstborn and wipe out their entire civilization so that Bulgorians and Earthlings can exploit the natural resources of their precious planet Xaxon.

So, when viewing the number (56) a Bulgorian sees triangular curves and lines which resemble artificially produced consumer food products, whereas a Xaxonian sees completely different curves and lines in the parallelogram shape of a diabolical monster of sinister cataclysmic destruction.



Submitted: February 15, 2018

© Copyright 2021 Sean Terrence Best. All rights reserved.

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Dr. Acula

Not sure what I just read, but it was written so well, I quite enjoyed it )))

Fri, February 16th, 2018 2:30am


Thank you Dr. Acula! Your generous compliment is fantastically worded! I'm thrilled with how you say what you say! Perfect! Magnificent! you've sent me soaring gleefully on silvery moonbeams of macabre delight! A thousand and one thank yous Dr. Acula! Long live Ed Wood! Long live Dr. Acula!

Thu, February 15th, 2018 8:34pm

Dr. Acula

Seriously, I read it about 4 times. I don't like having to read things 4 times ! lol
It's just very good. As simple as that.

Fri, February 16th, 2018 4:40am


I loyally bow to your heartfelt expression of complimentary spirit, Dr. Acula! Thank you so very, very, very, very much! You are among the most insightfully inspiring authors of encouragement that any writer could ever hope to be strengthened by! You read multiple times a piece I wrote! I'm utterly speechless with adulation! I honestly express to you my deepest most sincere gratitude for taking the time to share with me your exact detailed impressions and experiences with a composition of my creation. You are a literary saint, Dr. Acula! A living breathing everlasting well of divine inspiration!

Thu, February 15th, 2018 9:09pm

Joy Shaw

Very nicely written. You have such a knack at these essays! Honestly. Go forth and sell these. I like to call writer’s block the Doubt Monster. An evil creature from the depths of the brain skulls in and sucks inspiration and emotion from the author. Until he can pen nothing but one word sentences.

Sat, February 17th, 2018 2:05am


Beautiful Joy! You have me blushing with ecstatic euphoria from the heavenly delight of your generous compliments and encouragement! I love what you say to me, especially "Go forth and sell these"! You are so good to me, Joy! I am profoundly flattered by your kind words and I am so thankful that we are sharing the enthralling journey of literary adventures together!
You have an urban legend style name for the dreaded writer's block - the Doubt Monster! There's a sensational plot of the macabre in that bedtime story name! Magnificent Joy! Utterly magnificent!
I shall now read some of your writing to return in kind the sweet favor you have shown me!

Fri, February 16th, 2018 6:33pm

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