MURDERLAND IS HERE!

By David W Barbee (Georgia, USA) – review is from: Murderland Part I – H8 (Paperback)Serial killers are pretty fascinating. There are plenty of maniacal murderers both in real life and in fiction, and yes, they seem to capture something about our culture and society. They’re complex anti-heroes and we idolize them for that. But much like vampires, the serial killer archetype can become clichéd and boring.

Then there’s Murderland, a little book that’s far better than it has any right to be. Garrett Cook is fascinated by serial killers, but it’s not enough to just tell a story about one of his own creation. In this story, Cook creates an entire dystopian culture based on the idolatry of serial killers. Jack the Ripper and Ed Gein are looked upon as saints. Modern day “reapers”, as they’re called, are the ultimate celebrities now. They’re like movie stars, rock stars, and pro-athletes combined. Every bit of morbid fascination that we have towards them is laid bare, but for Cook, this isn’t enough.

The story centers on Jeremy Jenkins, a sympathetic everyman who is also a serial killer operating in this weird culture (naturally, he kills famous reapers, so we’re already cheering for him). That’s where the cliché ends. In a world where killing is acceptable, Jeremy doesn’t take pleasure in his work. In a world where killers are celebrities and their exploits are tallied on a scoreboard, Jeremy doesn’t want his work to be recognized. In a world where it’s cool to be a murderous psychopath, Jeremy is tortured by his delusions, and it doesn’t make him cool. And despite his vigilante work, Jeremy’s regular M.O. has him killing innocent women and doing terrible things to their bodies. This guy is so insane that it’s genuinely scary. Remember, kids, the craziest people out there are the ones trying their best to be normal. The people pretending to be crazy are just douches.

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~ by MorbidbookS, Extreme Fiction Publisher. on August 18, 2013.

One Response to “MURDERLAND IS HERE!”

  1. Reblogged this on MORBIDBOOKS and commented:

    5.0 out of 5 stars A True Bizarro Master, November 27, 2013
    By
    Pedro Proença – See all my reviews
    This review is from: Murderland (Kindle Edition)
    This was a tough one. A real Bizarro Masterpiece, Garret Cook’s “Muderland” is the tale of Jeremy Jenkins, a pharmacist living in an America that made killing legal in some places. A culture of adoration towards serial killers (called here “Psychopomps”) is born, kids dress up like their favorite pyschos from History. And Jeremy is the most prolific one, but he kills to prevent an invasion from the “Dark Ones”, a race of beings he was taught to believe was going to invade the Earth.
    The language is beautifully well-crafted, the characters are well developed, the story has many twists and turns on account of it’s epistolary form, the ending is great. Mr. Cook created a detailed world, and the philosophical raised by this book are compelling and enrich the story. Five stars, for sure.

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