Sean Kennedy was born in 1975 in Melbourne, Australia, but currently lives in the second most isolated city in the world (although there still seems to be conjecture over whether it is actually number one). Living in such deprived circumstances can only affect his writing, which is published by Dreamspinner Press.
The true crime genre has much to offer and always packs an extra heavy dose of thrill and excitement since it is more than fiction. Let’s start going through some great true crime stories that will entertain you on so many levels and also leave you educated.
Sons of Cain by Peter Vronsky, as you can tell from this book’s title, Sons of Cain explores the many serial killers that the world has known throughout history. It offers a very interesting take on how serial killers have evolved with society, familiarizing the reader to prolific and lesser known serial killers. The most interesting thing about this book is the writer’s theory about how America’s “golden age” of serial killers can be directly tied to World War II.
Vronsky noted that American serial killers during 1950 to 2000 were all fathered by war veterans who had taken part in the Second World War. While there isn’t any hard evidence present to back up this statement, the book mentions that these children were raised in times that were badly affected by the outcomes of humanity’s bloodiest war. The serial killers that were born during the golden era are particularly prolific and have become a source of inspiration for many crime writers.
You can find many takes on notable serial killer cases that have been penned by various writers. Each of these books presenting a kind of analysis that crime writers have conducted on notable cases, some writers make their work more interesting by adding more flair and dramatization into it. A good example of such writing can be seen in The Kill Jar by J. Reuben Appelman. The author of this novel spent nearly a decade investigating the many dead ends and unsolved cases that were related to the infamous “Babysitter”. The Babysitter was a child killer in the Oakland County who earned his name because of how he carefully dressed his victims’ bodies before leaving them in plain sight.
Other crime books are a great source of insight on how the authorities capture killers and what lengths do they go to in order to get useful information out of them. For instance, In The Name of the Children by Jeffery L. Rinek and Marilee Strong provides a detailed look at how the FBI extract information from sex offenders by granting them parole in exchange for unobstructed information. The FBI interviews sex offenders frequently and grants them parole only if they answer each and every question, this gives the bureau useful information on how sex offenders operate and how can they be countered.
An interesting thing to note about L. Rinek’s work is that it has a soft and humane touch to it, something that is not usually found in the true crime genre. Most crime writers sound cold and logical as they write, but regardless of their tones, crime writers often produce work that is highly informative.
Many people find solace in books, a place to escape from their mundane lives and hide from the daily troubles of life. Book reading has been known to have therapeutic effects on people suffering from depression. In fact, many people unconsciously begin exploring books and novels when they feel down. You might be wondering how is depression and book reading connected, some believe it is because books provide the brain with stimuli, something to distract the brain from the saddening thoughts that usually assail a depressed mind.
Reading also encourages your brain to imagine all kinds of things, and if you are reading a novel then you can even escape your own emotions for a while and instead try to feel what the characters in a book get to experience. A well written book can really immerse one in a story, letting you connect with characters on a very personal level, this leads to a sense of belonging and companionship that can make you feel like you belong. A major element that reinforces depression is loneliness, and reading can help alleviate this feeling to a certain extent.
A study conducted by Art Council England showed that people who go to libraries on a regular basis are more content with their lives and are more mentally healthy. This shows that being an avid reader also provides you with the opportunity to form bonds and find a sense of community outside of the imaginary worlds confined to paper.
Reading also lets you explore emotions felt by other people, and in doing so, you find assurance that you are not the only one who is going through difficult times or experiencing emotions that cannot be explained. Many people have found that by diving into someone else’s emotions and feelings, they have been able to understand their own feelings as well. Reading helps you sort out your emotional state and your train of thought, it can certainly help one survive depressive episodes.
However, you should not think of reading as a cure to depression, you cannot read a medical condition into non-existence. Depression should be taken on with the help of a medical professional, someone who provides you with guidance and helps you take care of your condition. A book is more like a secondary form of therapy, one that can be pursued along with primary therapy delivered by a medical professional.
Another thing that you should remember is that if you start thinking of books as some sort of medicine that you need to take when you feel down then you will eventually condition yourself to associate book reading with negative emotions. This could take the joy of reading from your life and actually turn book reading into something unenjoyable. So, the next time you pick up a book to feel good, do it with the thought that you are about to go into your happy place rather than telling yourself that you need this to get better.
The horror genre is in an experimental phase right now, it is trying to catch up with society and provide people with stories that they can relate to. There are a variety of authors actively producing all kinds of horror stories, including stories that are inspired from the many issues that are troubling modern society. These contemporary horror stories explore a variety of troubling issues in a creepy and interesting way, let’s take a look at some of these horror novels that any horror fan will appreciate.
People who travel frequently are used to staying in all kinds of new places, and Airbnb has made it even easier for you to book a great place to stay without even having to call anyone. However, your take on travel and staying in unknown places might change after reading The Apartment. A novel that follows Steph and Mark who exchange their home for a flat in Paris through a well-known home swapping website. What seems like a great decision at first soon turns into a nightmare that they could never have imagined.
America’s interference in the Middle East has resulted in countless innocence lives being lost and homes being destroyed. Frankenstein in Baghdad follows a Baghdadi local who has fallen into despair after seeing his city and his fellow citizens being torn apart by the war. The protagonist (named Hadi) walks around the war-torn city and collects body parts that have been left in the wake of bombings.
He does so to make symbolic creations of his rage and despair by sewing various body parts together, but when one of his grotesque creations suddenly go missing and a number of murders take place, Hadi realizes that he has let loose another monster in Baghdad.
Ling Ma’s dark and satirical take on the apocalypse makes for a superb read, it revolves around a NY office worker who drifted through most of her life and eventually found herself in the midst of an apocalypse. Candace is left alone in a world where most people become harmless and mindless zombies that repetitively do the same things over and over until they eventually die. This book really leaves you in an existential crisis while also managing to get a few dark chuckles out of you.
Meth addiction is a really big concern in American society, it is a lethal and addictive drug that destroys many lives every year. However, in Fiend’s zombie apocalypse setting, a bunch of meth addicts discover that their dependence on this harmful drug is keeping them from turning into zombies. The story follows their struggle for survival and how they stay alive by depending on a drug that shortens their lifespan every time they take it to keep themselves from becoming mindless monsters.
Contemporary horror is pretty interesting and worth exploring if you want a story that is fresh and different from the mainstream.