Lustmord isn't you typical true crime book. It's not centered around one or even a small handful of killers, but a long list of them. And what you get is their personal writings, scribblings, doodles and more from well known killers to the lesser known and international (non-US) killers, like the Japanese cannibal who killed and ate a foreign English teacher. I've not seen another book like it. Just one thing to note: the font is quite small, but hey, I guess that just means more content to pour over!
"Brian King has adopted a fascinating criteria for inclusion: these are "pleasure-killers" who have sought to decipher, compliment or embellish their misdeeds with artwork or writings. . . . And while a number of these scribes can conduct - ahem - a "decent" story, many more can barely string a sentence together. Ironically, it is with the latter - in a R. D. Laing child-like innocence kind of way - that some of the choicest nuggets are to be had. . . . "Lustmord" is fuelled by obsessives who are out of control, trying desperately to grab the handrail of life before they fall off the ride. . . . a mighty hefty read that doesn't fail to deliver on a regular basis." -- Headpress (U.K.), Spring 1997
"King has gathered together a superstar roster of evil creative types . . . Contextualized here, their drawings, suicide notes, short stories, and so on, become a kind of Outsider literature, transgressive beyond A. M. Homes's wildest dreams." -- The Village Voice, April 1997
"While I'm not obsessed with serial killers and mass murderers, it's impossible not to be drawn into this immensely fascinating book. . . . This is a very disturbing book, but one that you won't be able to put down." -- Factsheet Five, September 1996
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Funny note: I purchased this book used (as it seems to be out of print) and on the inside of the back cover a previous owner wrote:
PROPERTY OFThat explains a lot! hehe
FAILURE TO RETURN WILL RESULT IN A
WRETCHED LIFE LONG CURSE
ME A WEMON HATER. I AM NOT.
BUT I AM A MONSTER.
I AM THE "SON OF SAM." I AM A LITTLE