28th may 2009Download pdf
A book by a UdL lecturer examines more than 200 stories that feature serial killers in literature, cinema and television
Santaularia highlights that characters like Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, the yuppie psychopath in American Psycho or the legendary Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street have become real icons of popular culture. The book penetrates the literary and cinematographic origins of narratives centred on this figure, dividing them into three subgenres: thrillers in which a detective investigates the crimes of a murderer; psycho-horror, which immerses in the mind of the monster; and "slasher films”, in which the psychopath eliminates the members of a group of teenagers.
The Human Monster: An Introduction to Serial Killer Fiction explores popular novels such as those by Patricia Cornwell, James Patterson, Jonathan Kellerman, Mo Hayder, Caleb Car, Ximo Cerdà or Manuel Manzano as well as TV series like Criminal Minds, Twin Peaks or Bones.