It is only going to scare people who are superstitious, fearful and/or carrying around some unnecessary guilt or shame (the kind that comes from
other people's ideas of right and wrong, rather than one's own moral compass)
...and the devoutly religious...and I mean religion in the way of
good old fashioned GOD vs DEVIL showdowns such as the atmosphere in movies like The Omen.
All three of which are, more often than not, combined into a sort of 'syndrome' that is, evidently, rampant in Italy more than anywhere
else....maybe the close proximity to the Vatican is the predisposing factor as such.
I, however, have not a shred of any of those things...not even the fearful shame stuff...and so I was extremely disappointed when I realized I had
read the whole thing and nothing more could be expected. Not to mention I did not get any sort of fun-fear sort of thrill at all.
Oh well...nothing ventured, nothing gained.
It is basically just a little invitation told from the first person by the 'devil.' It is not said outright that the Devil is the voice in the
narrative, but almost at the end, the clue is given about the name being the first letters in the last 5 paragraphs...which spell out..you guessed
If the reader follows the instructions, it ends with the reader standing alone in a dark room, with one ear against the closed door, listening,
supposedly for the unnamed one who is lurking on the other side of the door....and the last part is....Invite me in.
This already happened to me...and while I said I do not fit the desired profile of the susceptible reader, I am quite spiritual but I am a scholar,
too, and a skeptic...I never could wrap my head around the idea of a devil for most of my life....but I learned in recent years that the part of us
that is fearful...the part that seeks to preserve self at the expense of others...which might very well be also called that part of a person that
causes them to 'sin'...(that is, if you are like me and believe that selfishness is the only sin)...which many tend to label EGO...is the only true
devil we have in the sense of causing us to harm others either deliberately or through some sort of negligence or disregard...and it is quite rightly
called the 'traducer' in the bible...aka the devil...because it is the LYING voice in one's head that is always saying stuff like 'You're better
than he/she is, and therefore are special and don't have to worry about dealing with such lower type persons," or on the other extreme, "You'll
never be as good as they are...you are good for nothing and there is no reason to think you can change." It either seeks to exalt self or to
denigrate self...either way, it is a destructive lie that, unfortunately, most of society, even the non-religious and non-superstitious, hear and
listen to...it is a clamoring loud voice always demanding to be heard...in the bible it says that GOD is a still soft voice...this would be the voice
of TRUTH which will not compete for your attention because it is humble and pure and energized by love...which never seeks its own even though it
would be good to be able to hear this one...
Why we are built this way, I do not know...it is a deeper truth not suited to this thread which is about this (obviously) intentionally malicious
attempt to prey on a weakness that most people are totally unaware that they possess.
It is this very thing that is the reason behind the suggestion in a wide variety of philosophies and occult systems which says to seek the inner
quiet....to turn off the 'inner dialogue'...I think Crowley called it a chattering monkey.
Anyway...my own 'ego' came to visit me several years back and asked to come in...and I said no. And that was the end of that. So when I got to the
end of this story...I just had to laugh.
Been there...done that. It truly was a unique experience in my life...which is the promise made at the beginning of this 2 page story....but since it
said that it is something one can only truly experience in the same way one time...I was not a candidate from the get-go.
Be that as it may...it could equally be considered what it is touted to be...as well as it being nothing at all...not even a bit scary.
And even if you don't let that dark one in...paranormal experiences can still take place although not the scary kind at all...but the kind that I
consider TRUE FUN...others might call them miracles...whatever...the secret is not to fear and not to listen to that chattering monkey in your head
who feeds you lies so that it can continue to hitchhike through life on your left shoulder....