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"If only Matheson had left it at that! Unfortunately, the teacup explosion is merely the prelude to an all-out psychic assault that reduces the room to shambles." This is exactly what I find so frustrating in horror movies and books produced today, it's all so overboard that it becomes absurd and ridiculous.

In contrast, a book such as "The Turn of the Screw," which is one of the most unsettling books I've ever read, horrifies so subtly and uncannily, and is so far more effective. I tried to pick it up to read it a second time a few weeks ago, and just couldn't, not at night at least.

I do believe Dr. Barret was right though, and that living creatures do leave an impression on places. When I visited Paris once, after a long day of rambling around, I came to the Place de la Concorde, and felt overwhelming feelings of desolation. I later found out that this was where the executions were held during the French Revolution. I have experienced similar feelings in other places, but never so bad as that.

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