First edition cover art
|Author||Joyce Carol Oates|
|Cover artist||Leonard Telesca|
|Genre||Fiction, Horror, Thriller|
|LC Class||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."
A short-film adaptation starred Bill Connington, developed from his successful one-man stage adaptation, was directed by Tom Caruso.
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, by doing improvised surgery on the victim's brain, 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.
Adding to his frustrations is his increasingly suspicious family, particularly his father.
Throughout the novel Quentin goes to visit his probation officer as well as goes to therapy sessions where he is prescribed medication that he neglects to take.
- 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
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 10, 2006. Retrieved October 23, 2006. Boston Book Review's Fisk Fiction Prize
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