First edition cover art
|Author||Joyce Carol Oates|
|Cover artist||Leonard Telesca|
|Genre||Fiction, Horror, Thriller|
|Dewey Decimal||813/.54 20|
|LC Classification||PS3565.A8 Z43 1995|
|Preceded by||What I Lived For|
|Followed by||We Were the Mulvaneys|
Dahmer stated in an interview with Stone Phillips, "The only motive that there ever was to completely control a person, a person I found physically attractive, and keep them with me as long as possible, even if it meant keeping a part of them.".
The protagonist, Quentin P, seeks to create a "zombie" out of an unsuspecting young man. He intends to find a perfect young male companion and re-wire his brain, thereby turning the victim into a mindless sex slave. His several attempts at creating a zombie all end in failure, however, as the men he abducts, rapes and tortures all die at his hands. By the end of the novel, he has begun to enjoy killing for its own sake, and experiments with cannibalism and necrophilia.
Adding to his frustrations is his increasingly suspicious family, particularly his father.
- Stone, Phillips. "Jeffrey Dahmer Interview - Extended Footage". Interview. Retrieved November 27, 2008.
- Johnson, Greg. Invisible Writer: A Biography of Joyce Carol Oates. New York: Dutton, 1998, p. 201
- http://www.bookwire.com/bbr/awards/BBR-winners96.html Boston Book Review's Fisk Fiction Prize
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