How I came up with The Murder Club
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Whoever you are, I thought you might be interested to know where I got the idea for the comic.
Generally speaking, everything I write tends to go down a dark or disturbing path, even if that wasn't my intention. I suppose it's just how my mind works, which is odd given I'm a polite and positive person and I've not tried to kill anyone yet. Ah yes, the mind is such a strange thing, and that's why it fascinates me so much.
If I give you a short list of some of my favourite films: Memento, Black Swan, Arrival, Twelve Monkeys, Perfect Blue - they all involve the alteration of perception or memory in some way that leaves you wondering what is real, and what 'real' is.
Note that none of these are 'slasher' films featuring killers going wild with knives, chainsaws, hooks or other gruesome implements. Those films are far too reductive and exploitative for me, not to mention they stigmatise real mental health issues through terms like 'psychos' and 'schizos'. I'm more interested in the 'why' than the splatter.
So when I first saw the Hannibal TV series I found it fascinating.
Hannibal Lecter is someone with a psychopathic personality disorder, who works as a psychotherapist and helps the FBI with murder cases. Oh, and he kills and eats people (spoilers!). What interested me was that they treated him realistically (or as realistically as they could for a TV series) in that his psychopathy meant he was unable to form personal connections with others - until hyper-empathic Will comes along - and that he would often do horrific things "Just to see what would happen". While being outwardly charming and convincing, he utterly lacks empathy. Everyone and everything is a toy, something to play with, and he wants to be in control.
I remember in the late 2010s a sudden burst of interest in psychopaths around the time of the financial crash. There was a rush of "Are you a psychopath?" tests on Facebook, and articles saying a higher percentage than normal of CEOs and bankers were psychopaths, which was what enabled them to be so successful.
So, I wanted to get beyond the Hollywood 'slasher' stereotype and get into the mind of a psychopath. See the world, and people, from their perspectives. And that's where Lisa and Tom came from.
Both of them have psychopathic personality disorders, but possibly on different points of the spectrum, and also greatly affected by their quite different upbringings. It is Tom who wants to get away with murder and spots a kindred spirit in Lisa who he tries to recruit into his 'club'. At first she's horrified at the suggestion (like I say, both raised differently) but he persists, turns it into an intellectual exercise and eventually ... well, you'll just have to pledge to find out what happens next :)