The Guys Behind Hollywood


We all know what Hollywood is; it’s the place of dreams and wonder, of glimmer and shine. At the same time, we know that behind the glittering façade, there’s a rotten waste that must be isolated and cut out like a cancer, so the fantasy can be maintained. Those surgeons who deal with Hollywood’s malignant backstage are known as ”the behind guys.” They’re a secretive bunch, obviously, and my father was one of them.

To become one of the “Guys”, you must know or be related to one. My father always told me that those who have had a decent life and a balance of everything can truly rest in peace when his or her time comes, but those who have had too much of a good thing can never truly rest in peace. My father always told me to not be deceived by the gleaming veneer of the front stage that I so often see in cinema and television, and wherever else Hollywood’s seeking tendrils have exerted their dark influence; he always told me that on the inside, it isn’t like that at all. He knew quite a bit of Hollywood’s history, even back to Hollywood’s Golden Age. He told me that from then until now, actors, directors, producers and other Hollywood luminaries have made a custom of communing with demons and spirits for influence and inspiration. Especially actors, though; they’re the worst (at least to us behind guys). There are numerous instances of stars and starlets holding séances in order to provoke possession by the spirit of someone who really was the character that they were playing in a period piece for instance, to give a more realistic performance. (Ever wonder why so and so got their Oscar for such and such?) Others, like directors, producers and writers, they did it mainly to get ideas.

Hard to believe, I know. The one time my father let me go to his work place, he took me to his base and introduced to me to his colleagues. I enjoyed hanging out with the guys who keep Hollywood clean. There was this dark, descending stairway that stretched a long way into blackness. My father caught me gawking at the opening and told me not to go down there, but still I stood staring, mesmerized by I don’t know what. After a while, some guys who’d been working down there emerged to go on their break. When they were gone, I heard a voice.

“Hello hello,” it said, sounding guttural and depraved.

“Hello?” I replied.

The voice said, “Little boy! Awww, so cute. Come down here please.”

“My father said for me not to go down there,” I answered.

The voice begged. “Please come down,” it said, and I did.

As I went down the steps, I looked around for a light switch, but couldn’t find one. The stairs seemed to go down forever. When I finally reached the ground, this figure touched me and said “Please give me some attention. Please love me. I am famous I want attention please give me attention,” it said, over and over. Then a light flashed at thing that was touching me, exposing it and causing it to shrink away as my father grabbed me and hauled me away. Before he pulled me out of that basement, I saw it with my very own eyes.

It was Marylyn Monroe. Not the beautiful Monroe as we know her, but, she was this disfigured and demonic wraith of a creature. I screamed and fell to the ground. My father rushed in and shouted at her, “Get back! Get back now!”

She obeyed, and he took me back upstairs. Then he sat me down and explained to me what I had seen.

“Son, remember when I told you how some people who have too much can never really rest in peace? Well, these Hollywood folks with all their fame and glory can never let it go.” He could tell how shaken I was, and put a steady hand on my shoulder. “And do you remember when I told you how they use demons and spirits to get ahead? Well, too much of it will lead to what you saw downstairs. That’s what happens when the things they conjure take them over.”

My father hugged me, and took me home. For the next couple of days I couldn’t sleep. At school, when I had to describe what my father’s work is like, well… obviously I couldn’t tell them all of this. So I lied. Told them he’s an office worker.

There are more stories about what my father and the other behind guys deal with. This is just a taste of what goes on, of the twisted blackness behind Hollywood’s glimmer and shine.

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  • Scare-Lord
    Commented on March 12, 2015 at 4:20 am

    I like the idea. The presentation was bland. Come up with something more exciting to explain this awesome idea though! Keep writing!

  • Commented on March 12, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    I liked it, for the most part. I feel like some details were left out, but I loved the concept. 🙂

  • kittie
    Commented on March 13, 2015 at 9:48 am

    short and sweet, nice concept though. I like more

  • GILLY25
    Commented on March 13, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    AWESOME!!! 5/5

  • Commented on March 17, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    I liked this on, very good pasta

  • Commented on March 18, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    I really would like to see you take this further. 🙂

  • Commented on April 21, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    You had a relatively original, and creepy idea, and that is what makes a good pasta… The other method of creating one is the execution. Your execution is overall lacking, and could really use some improvement. Your descriptive skills need just a little more practice, (I say a little because it wasn’t that bad), without a doubt though, the main thing that ruined it… Was your ‘scary’ part. As I said not that long ago into the comment, your execution is lacking. You brush over the part that could very well be downright terrifying.


  • Discopie
    Commented on May 18, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    I thought that it was a great idea and very spooky but that if you could add a little more flavor to the pasta then it would taste even better.

  • Commented on June 3, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    I really hope you continue the concept, it’s really good.

  • Commented on June 6, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    This was a really good idea, very original. I’d like to see more done with this, really transform it into something. This felt like the Preface to a great book.

  • Commented on June 13, 2015 at 1:25 am

    pretty good could be better though

  • gracelo zenarosa
    Commented on July 29, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    How could he tell that it was Marylyn Monroe if it was disfigured?

  • Commented on March 28, 2016 at 4:07 am

    Interesting idea. Not very scary/creepy though…

  • Commented on April 16, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Hiya Ullahshy,
    You are a prolific and very talented writer, I’ve just reviewed about fifteen of your submissions, most of which I had to reject. I love your stories but their are full of typos. Not just the odd one but myriads of them. Why don’t you quickly run your submissions through a spellchecker then you can be sure nothing got through that shouldn’t have. There are vast differences between there, they, their and they’re. A checker would pick up on that.
    Keep writing, I love your work

  • Commented on April 16, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    A proper noun is always written with a capital, as are names and places. Quiet and quite can also be quite troublesome. And when talking about on which floor in a building you live it is STOREY not story or the plural, stories. It’s storeys. I hopes that helps a few out there as those are the typos coming up again and again. But apart from that your stories are amazing, keep writing.

  • Commented on April 16, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Please write your title in Capitals as per the submission rules. It might be a good idea to have a quick look at them.

  • Commented on July 26, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    I would love to see this one continued. It wasn’t scary, but it could be. Well written as well!

  • Kara
    Commented on April 13, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Wow– I really liked this story, but was sad to see it end so quickly. I would love to read a more in-depth version. This is the first piece that I have read of yours nd I am definitely going to check out your other submissions! You have been blessed with a natural gift for a great mind and a gift for writing and storytelling. I do not presume to know your life’s ambitions, but I do know that should you decide to hone and perfect your gift writing (and pursue an education, of course) you would certainly be rewarded with huge success. I was really impressed. Great job.

  • Commented on May 1, 2017 at 4:03 am

    Awesome Story. Out there and extrodinary but at the same time short and sweet.
    You’ve got makings of a lot of style and talent. Keep up your brilliant work I’m sure it’ll take you far if you keep working hard at it which I recommend you do.


  • Commented on October 26, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    i really liked this as well but i think i moreso liked the idea..
    it was a decent short, but think a story like this would be better off if it were a bit longer and more in depth,.. i’ve read your other 2 stories on here and loved themboth but they were perfect as shorts.. would love to seeyou take this on another time especially after a couple years

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