Intimacy in Murder.
When writing fiction, nothing is more personal than killing a character and watching their life’s flame fade away.
It’s easy to undervalue a good murder using short, wrap-up phrases and punctuation them with words like ‘crime’ and ‘evil act’. Murder can be so much more if allowed the oxygen to develop.
Like sex, writing murder into fiction has its challenges. It’s uniquely intimate on so many levels.
Characters need to be able to access parts of their emotional repertoire, those they rarely feel or experience. If the murder committed is done face to face, characters need to touch each other in ways rarely seen.
As a writer of all things dark and twisted, that luxurious feeling of ending a character’s life by having them connect this way is often exquisite. It’s not just about the words used to describe a murder, it’s about how the characters feel when it’s being committed, for both of them.
There are many ways to die and to kill but few ways to pass that sense of horrific exquisiteness on to a reader.
Action thrillers tend to depersonalize murder. A bullet comes from a distance. A knife puts steel between two people. They’re sweet but not delicate enough. The romance of murder is lost. Intimate connections that should’ve been charged with heightened emotion are dulled by the business of cold weaponry and explosions.
Hate is a raw emotion. It’s needs time to breathe and thrive if it’s to grow and take a life. It’s like love, true and pure, unable to be contained when it’s on fire. It takes an extraordinary story to cultivate great hate – at levels similar to romance and then tell it just as intimately, so sensuously.
Committing Murder Intimately
Murder can be treated and written like a good lovemaking scene. Rather than studying the mechanics of actions, we should get to know the motivations and emotions of the characters engaged in this deadly version of coitus.
That way we come to understand hatred and love it too.
SEETHINGS was written to make murder that twisted. I wrote it with the intention of giving a reader an opportunity to consider siding with hatred to indulge in its darkest of pleasures.
Committing murder is not a sport. It’s a sensual act and a means to an intimate end. It should be written as such.
Our killer is trying to make sense of love and hate, experiencing natural desires but unable to make sense of their use, their proper purpose or place. Situational dissociation is the psychological dysfunction that’s closing the gap between moral right and wrong.
Discovering self is the same for all of us. Identity, acceptance and self awareness is as important to serial killers as it is to you and I.
SEETHINGS gives one an open door to examine theirs and express it to its fullest. (Kindle version avail too)
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–Michael Forman (Author)
‘Forman’s writing style is artful, with the protagonist Mitchell’s warped thought processes masterfully exposed. The author has a powerful and vivid command of language and his word pictures are stark and disturbingly real.’ – Linda J Bettenay, author of ‘Secrets Mothers Keep’ and ‘Wishes For Starlight’