Ghosties and Goblins and Zombies, Oh My!

Columbus: You see? You just can’t trust anyone! The first girl I let into my life and she tries to eat me!- from  Zombieland


Being raised in Christian Science, I guess I was sort of culturally deprived when it comes to ghosties and goblins – I’ve never believed in that stuff. And I think that’s why I was never able to get into movies like The Exorcist or Rosemary’s Baby or the recent crop of vampire dramas  – they just never made any kind of sense for me – I had no cultural context for them.  My friends would be trembling with wonderful frissons of terror as poltergeists and Satan’s spawn appeared on the screen, and I’d be sitting there trying to figure out what in the heck all the fuss was about. These things on the screen – the rotating heads and the walking dead and the wispy spirits – it was perfectly obvious, to me, that they weren’t real, that there was no reason or cause for them, and no reason to get all worked-up and freaked-out over ’em.

Nosiree, bub. If I’m going to watch a Frankenstein movie – it’s going to be Mel Brooke’s Young Frankenstein with Gene Wilder, Madeleine Kahn, and Peter Boyle. If I’m going to see a vampire movie, it’s going to be Love at First Bite with George Hamilton.  Werewolves? Yeah, give me An American Werewolf in London. Ghost stories? Give me Ghostbusters. And for zombie movies you cannot beat Zombieland. I mean, why would I want to get all ascared about something that doesn’t exist, when i could be laughing at it all instead?

Here’s wishing everyone a Halloween packed full of laughter and crazy costumes, and lots of chocolate!


Mortals evolve images of thought. These may appear to the ignorant to be apparitions; but they are mysterious only because it is unusual to see thoughts, though we can always feel their influence. Haunted houses, ghostly voices, unusual noises, and apparitions brought out in dark seances either involve feats by tricksters, or they are images and sounds evolved involuntarily by mortal mind. – Mary Baker Eddy

4 thoughts on “Ghosties and Goblins and Zombies, Oh My!

    • Hi, Gary –
      Couple questions:

      What, exactly, do you mean when you refer to “Malicious Animal Magnetism” and “mental assassins”? What do those terms mean to you?

      And – seeing as how Eddy died back in 1910 – more than 100 years ago – I’m going to assume you’ve never actually had a conversation with her and she’s never told you, person-to-person, how she felt about “Malicious Animal Magnetism” or “mental assassins” – would you mind sharing your source for your belief that Eddy was paranoid?

      Thanks! (And a friend told me about another movie that sounded really good: Shaun of the Dead. You ever seen that one?)

      • Hi Karen,

        Couple answers:
        If you didn’t know, the founder of Christian Science (who claimed direct divine revelation for her discovery and writings) wrote at length about the dangers of a dark force she called Malicious Animal Magnetism, and she believed that mental assassins killed her third husband Asa Eddy, that mental assassins were attempting to kill her, and she briefly entertained a legal action to require the criminal justice system to include thought crime as a basis for incrimination (The Second Salem Witch Trial).
        Have you read her articles for the Journal and Sentinel?


        The mental assassins are in God’s hands, and He will uncover their crimes, and punish them in His own good time and way.

        ONE of the greatest crimes practiced in, or known to, the ages, is mental
        Does the community know this criminal? He sits at the friendly board and fireside; he
        goes to their places of worship; he takes his victim by the hand, and all the time claims
        the power and carries the will to stab to the heart

        Today Scientists are
        learning, and the general public is experiencing more and more, the terrible realities of
        mental malpractice and assassination.
        It is no longer possible to keep still concerning these things, nay, it is criminal to hold
        silence and to cover crime that grows bolder and picks off its victims as sharpshooters
        pick off the officers of an attacking force.

        These secret, heaven-defying enormities must be proclaimed, or we become guilty
        before God as accessory after the fact.
        Human laws will eventually be framed for these criminals that now go unwhipped of
        human justice.
        The time has come
        for instructing human justice so that these secret criminals shall tremble before the
        omnipotent finger that points them out to the human executioner.
        God has bidden me to uncover this wickedness, and I follow His voice.

        “Watch and guard your own thoughts against evil suggestions, and against malicious mental malpractice”

        Also, the discussion of malicious animal magnetism had better be dropped until Scientists understand clearly how to handle this error, — until they are not in danger of dwarfing their growth in love, by falling into this lamentable practice in their attempts to meet it.

  1. Hi, Gary –

    Thank you for your response.

    I’m guessing we’ve all, at one time or another, felt the force of hatred directed towards us – there have been a few times when I’ve felt someone’s hatred as almost a physical kick in the stomach – and I don’t think we should underestimate the power of that. I think it’s wise to keep our thoughts on guard to that kind of emotion – to try to keep our own thoughts so full of love towards others that we don’t get pulled into that mental realm with them.

    That kind of hatred is my sense of what Eddy meant by “malicious animal magnetism.” I think that kind of hatred can be directed towards other unintentionally and with ignorance. I think it can also be directed towards others with intent and deliberation. And I believe that in both cases – whether it comes from a place of ignorance, or a place of intent – the solution is to love. Love, love, love, love, love.


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