“Trying to comprehend Jeffrey Dahmer is to understand or attempt to understand the power of loneliness and alienation at its absolute core.” —Case Detective, Pat Kennedy
Why am I writing a novel about Jeffrey Dahmer?
If medical science failed to comprehend Jeffrey Dahmer—and it did—eight different psychiatrists could not arrive at a conclusive diagnosis for Dahmer’s life, compulsions, and murders—I decided that perhaps art could.
To attempt the first steps towards a comprehensive narrative of Dahmer is to pay tremendous, otherworldly credence to the power of fantasy and what happens when fantasy replaces Freud’s reality principle—the ballast that civilized humans situate their life around.
Therefore, I am writing a fictional novel about Dahmer. A book that steps away from rationality and drifts into the realm of the heart, in keeping with Blaise Pascal:
“The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.”
In other words, I’m writing a romance novel.
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