How We Gypsies See The Americans
Re-release of USA Government Banned Book
As a result of these recent violent hate crime attacks, I began asking several white locals if they had any clue as to what could have inspired this man's radical hatred and bigotry and the answer I received time and time again was always the same: People fear the unknown. Little is known about the Gypsies. We keep to ourselves, rarely coming down off our land, rarely seen by the public eye.
We are a mystery.
We dress different, talk different, act different, have different customs, live in strange non-traditional housing, drive bizarre circus clown looking cars, wear clothes that look like we walked out of an ancient century long gone, practice a religion no one has ever heard of, talk to and about Faeries and Wee Ones and Little People, and the only thing anyone really knows about our clan is that Stephen King was so fascinated by us that he wrote a book about the Gypsies of Old Orchard Beach, a book that was made into a movie and filmed on location in our town, using our family members as seconds and walk ins and featuring our real live wild antique collection of cars in the film, known as Thinner, based on the book of the same name.
Eye of The Grigoi
Eye of the Watchers
Eye of God
Hand of God
Eye of Protection
Every year thousands of tourists flock to Old Orchard Beach, in search of the Gypsies of Old Orchard Beach, to see if they really are the outlandish people Stephen King portrayed us as in Thinner. Around here nothing makes a Stephen King fans piss-pants happier then to come up into our farm and oogle at the Gypsies made famous by Thinner.
I have not read the book nor seen the movie, and very little of the movie was actually filmed here. I think most people are of the impression the entire movie was filmed here and that we are the actors in the film. In actuality, the film crew was only here for a few hours of a single day. The film crew wasn't even here more then five hours. There are some very important facts you need to understand about Scottish Gypsy culture, if you are to understand why we were not in agreement with the movie being filmed here.
are very quiet, often refusing to speak in public, refusing to speak
to strangers, refusing to speak to non-Gypsies, and refusing to make
eye contact, looking always and only at the ground when being
addressed by non-Gypsies. Non-Gypsies often say we are "morbidly
shy", say that our entire clan is Autistic (which may be true,
as most every clansman who's ever been to a doctor has been diagnosed
with Autism), or that we suffer from "extreme eccentric
snobbery". Gypsies will not smile or laugh or yell or cry while
there is a non-Gypsy in the room. Gypsies will not speak to cashiers
when paying for items in the store, nor will they raise their eyes to
make eye contact with salesmen. In short, Gypsies simply go mute in
the presence of a non-Gypsy and no amount of flashing money in their
face, saying "We'll pay you to be in our movie" is going to
change that as Gypsies have little use for money and don't accept
bribes. And as such, no real Gypsy had a speaking role in that movie,
because Gypsies refuse to speak in the presence of non-Gypsies unless
absolutely necessary, and because most Gypsies refuse to be