Day 27 of #31AuthorsofHalloween – Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry

Speaking of true stories, here is another one, and this one is pretty chilling. Helter Skelter. The book that talks about the famous killer, Charles Manson.

This one here strikes a cord. My mom, who lived in that era, still will shudder when she hears the words Helter Skelter. I have seen documentaries on the murder of Sharon Tate (Polanski’s wife), and some friends.

Helter Skelter was written by the prosecuting attorney Vincent Bugliosi from the Manson trials. We all know who Charles Manson is, the man who created The Manson Family cult of around 100 followers who did his bidding. Especially the young ladies who believed him to be Jesus. His followers were made up of young men and women who killed for him.

The whole situation changed the way others looked at the sixties. My mom loved the sixties, I wish I was around for the sixties, but when Charles Manson happened, it changed the feel. It was an unforgiven event that had happened, and wished it was prevented.

Day 26 of #31AuthorsofHalloween – Jay Anson

Amityville Horror. I think the movie (the many versions), were more terrifying than the book itself. I read the book, all of it, and sat there thinking to myself, why, in the movies, was it more terrifying? Is it because they just exaggerated a little more for box office ratings? Was there something I may have missed?

Anyways, the reason why I put the book in here, is even though the book was really not that interesting, it inspired so many different adaptations in film. I mean, my mind plays tricks on me all the time, that is why I cannot sleep with the lights off on purpose. My mind is really overactive. So, of course, the movies will raise my blood pressure, and scare me a bit (yes, I do believe in ghosts, as I have been attacked before). But, the book really felt like a campfire scary story.

I may be wrong. It may have scared you, and if it has, AWESOME!!!

What is your favorite media on the story? Book or film. If film, which one?