Obsessions… that particular someone who for reasons neither rational nor restrained possesses one’s thoughts, preoccupies one’s mind, stains one’s soul with pure, single-minded mania.
Obsessions… the incendiary devices that ignite the passions that sustain us–and threaten to immolate us within their flames.
“It has been three-hundred and sixty-two days, four and one-half hours since I last saw the shadowed hollow with the twisted tree, that cursed place that haunts my every minute—every second!—in both waking hours and sleep no longer fit for dreams. Everywhere I look—even in this horrid place of beige walls and beige floors and beige faces—I see those tattered leaves fleeing from moss-covered branches; that forest floor fetid and alive with crawling ferns and reaching brambles; and most of all, that crooked, devilish tree with the twisted, grasping arms, the trunk so deformed with gnarls that a hundred malevolent faces seem to seethe in wait for the unsuspecting wanderer.Tell me, how could one not come to an evil end in such a place?“
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|Film still from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1999)|