The Dark Corners of Research

By November 23, 2018My Writing

I recently appeared over on the Sci-Fi Bulletin, talking about the research I undertook while working on The Subjugate. It led me down a dark path…

“Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Josef Fritzl, Aileen Wuornos… Serial Killers, murderers, monsters. We know their names just as well as we know the names of movie stars. The feelings for each are different, of course. We tend to admire the latter and abhor the former. But there is something about the former that many people find utterly fascinating. Their crimes are often so disturbing, we just can’t comprehend them no matter how hard we try.

Writing a story about a homicide detective in The Subjugate, I had to attempt to comprehend. I needed to understand the ‘why’. I needed to understand how these people came to do what they did. How they seemingly travelled so far from the ‘norm’ of an everyday human being. And writing aside, I’m one of those people who have always been fascinated by serial killers and murderers. Fascinated, and terrified. From a young age I found human beings to be the scariest monsters of all…”

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About Amanda Bridgeman

Amanda Bridgeman studied film & television/creative writing at Murdoch University (BA Communication Studies) and has been published by Angry Robot and Pan Macmillan (Momentum Books). Aurora: Meridian was a finalist for Best Science Fiction Novel (Aurealis).

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