Detailed Fictional Killings or Not?

As a writer of suspense / thrillers with quite a lot of police procedurals, I was bound to come across this kind of question within myself – should I, or should I not, include details of killings such as gory scenes, or torture?

I’ve previously stated that I prefer to keep away from a lot of gory details, and I don’t actually enjoy reading some of it myself. I’m the type of person who never went to watch horror movies, and hides under the bed covers when scary foretelling “something bad is about to happen” music comes onto the television.

On the other hand, I don’t enjoy particularly cosy mysteries either, and importantly – I want to work with the reality of crimes, and their impact on victim’s family and friends also.

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Congrats to JC Martin – Oracle Release

JC Martin’s book ‘Oracle‘ officially launches today, and she is doing a whole month of blog touring, competitions etc to celebrate. I will be picking up my own copy from Amazon this week sometime – I’ve been looking forward to the launch for several months now.

Here’s the blurb – perfect timing, as I’m really enjoying the Oympics right now.

With London gearing up to host the Olympics, the city doesn’t need a serial killer stalking the streets, but they’ve got one anyway.

Leaving a trail of brutal and bizarre murders, the police force is no closer to finding the latest psychopath than Detective Inspector Kurt Lancer is in finding a solution for his daughter’s disability.

Thrust into the pressure cooker of a high profile case, the struggling single parent is wound tight as he tries to balance care of his own family with the safety of a growing population of potential victims.

One of whom could be his own daughter.

Fingers point in every direction as the public relations nightmare grows, and Lancer’s only answer comes in the form of a single oak leaf left at each crime scene.

Head on over to JC’s website for details on the tour.


Anyone interested in the series of posts I did on psychopaths over at my website – direct link here? Then you might find the latest i09 article on the topic interesting also. With a thought-provoking moral questions for yourselves –

Neuroscience: Should we eliminate psychopaths from the gene pool? – @io9…

Psychopaths make up an astounding 1 to 2 percent of the general population and occupy virtually every niche in society. Often ruthless, callous and completely devoid of empathy, they impose an incalculable toll on individuals and society.