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MEGAN MCFADDEN
Terror Manifesto


Within the terror, there is always terror,
But terror still blooms hope.

Within the terror, I call
Revolution
In how we make
Books, in how we
Make movies, in
How we make all art.

Within the terror, there is always terror,
But terror still blooms hope.

Stop wanting to
Write,
To
see, to
Read knockoff art.
The characters are
Reinvented—grouped the good and bad.
Meaning
Garbaged—cooped from
Lines.
New plots
Vanished—scooped, now predictable.

Within the terror, there is always terror,
But terror still blooms hope.

Congratulations,
My friends.
You just
Read an action-packed
Story filled with
Sex, violence, and gore
Where everybody
Died in the end—a bonus!

Within the terror, there is always terror,
But terror still blooms hope.

If you enjoyed reading
That as reality,
I pronounce you as dark,
Sick-minded freaks.
Only freaks enjoy lust
Transform into a raping tempest.
Isabella Bianchi,
A girl not
Playboy material
But cameras
Keep rolling.
Entertain freaks with
Wasted lives
From bullets.
Darrin Rainey,
A dad not
Hitman material
But cameras keep
Playing.
The blood craze
Solved nothing.
Carlo Bianchi,
A man not
Psycho material,
But
Cameras
Keep
Filming.

Within the terror, there is always terror,
But terror still blooms hope.

Do you remember
The show? What entertained this
Book? Begin the show—sex.
Sex keeps society moving but at
What cost? Numerous
Raped, many
Stereotyped, copious
Archetypes,
Savaged
Landscape.

Within the terror, there is always terror,
But terror still blooms hope.

If you want art not
An obnoxious swindle,
Read the right reality,
Parenthood defining
Love.
Nevio Moretti,
The gas chambers
Martyr, his
Lover's and unborn
Child's savior.
Pia Bianchi-Rizzo,
The car crash
Victim, her
Ill son's hospital
Driver.
Katarina Bianchi,
The protector from enemy
Soldiers, her
Death saved her three
Kids.
Penelope Rainey,
The terminal cancer
Patient, her
Twins' pregnancy won over
Chemo.
Darrin Rainey,
Our beloved protagonist,
In the alternative dimension:
Denial of family's
Deaths convinced him he
Was a murderer.
In actual reality:
The coma
Patient, his
Three adopted kids deserved
Love.

Within the terror, there is always terror,
But terror still blooms hope.

What genre is
This book anyway?
Romance: Seriously?
Comedy: Are you joking?
Horror: Not a chance.
This is the terror
Manifesto, thus
Its genre is terror.
Terror is a
Book enveloped with fear.
This fear dictates the world
Whether it be from
A monster
Like Inferna—
A woman with raspberry lipstick
And a bloody wedding dress.
Whether this fear comes from
Impending doom
Like Darrin Rainey becoming a hitman
And killing his family.
Whether its origin
Is trauma
Like Isabella Walter and Carlo Rainey
Getting gang-raped instead
Of engaged.

Within the terror, there is always terror,
But terror still blooms hope.

The truth is simple and fair
Where hope is in the air,
Not despair,
Everywhere.
Within the terror, there is always terror,
But terror still blooms hope.
Never give
Up. Never
Give up.
Never
Give
Up.

Within the terror, there is always terror,
But terror still blooms hope.

Never give up. Never on
What you never had.
Never what's
Bad nor
sad.
Not anything worthwhile.
Impossible.
Never say.
Impossible.
Excuses
Dreams. Excuses
Reality.
Reason
Not treason. Assistance not
Distance. A say
Not
Dismay.

Within the terror, there is always terror,
But terror still blooms hope.

In life, we ask why.
Why did this
Happen? Why want me
To cry?
Many events
Deserve explanation
Due to complication,
Omits the temptation:
Use your imagination.
Learn the intentions
Not the flaws,
Other perspectives not just own.
Equality—a must.
No finger-pointing—no
Right to judge, cannot
Deceive, never
Betray.

Within the terror, there is always terror,
But terror still blooms hope.

No one defined by past,
No rapists: no raped.
No monsters: no maestros.
No porn: no pure.
No hitmen: no heroes.
No psychos: no peasants.
No victims, no villains.
Nor by any disorders and -isms like religion:
The Bianchis' obedience to daily Catholic Mass
Never made them
More saintly.
Nor by any disorders and -isms like politics:
Isabella Walter's definition of gender
Equality is violence and vengeance
Not bettering legal rights.
Nor by any disorders and -isms like health:
Penelope Rainey died
Of cancer, but
Cancer
Never
Fully
Consumed her.

Within the terror, there is always terror,
But terror still blooms hope.

Events have
Purpose—not notice surface.
Changing past
Prevents learned
Lessons, rejecting regret,
Favored future from
Coming true.
Past—unchangeable.
Present—cherished gift.
Future—easily skipped.

Within the terror, there is always terror,
But terror still blooms hope.

Write our own stories.
Take a chance and learn from mistakes.
Within the terror, within the terror, within the terror, terror.

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MEGAN MCFADDEN

Megan McFadden was born in Iowa City and raised on a farm near Gilbertville. She graduated from Don Bosco Catholic High School and now is an UNI Spanish undergraduate.

"Terror Manifesto" is the epilogue of a manuscript called Within the Terror.

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on October 31, 2017

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