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Obliterati Pressa have just published their first novel, the superb crime thriller Lord Of The Dead by Richard Rippon. The novel is set in and around Newcastle, and already seems to be capturing the imagination of crime fiction lovers, especially those from the North East. Richard was kind enough to tell us his five favourite movie serial killers to whet your appetite for the novel.

Hannibal Lektor (Manhunter, 1986)
I know what you’re thinking – I’ve spelled that wrong. But this is how he’s credited in this first screen outing of the character, played here by a 40-year-old Brian Cox. A bit of an obvious choice for the number one slot? Perhaps, but it’s hard to find one more compelling. For me it’s the dichotomy between the superior intellect and the outright savagery. A man with such a ‘mind palace’ of culture and cuisine, but whose pulse doesn’t rise above 85, when he’s eating someone’s tongue. And is Cox better than Hopkins in the role? Yes he is.

John Doe (Se7en, 1995)
“…I eventually became bored and couldn’t help but vomit all over him,” writes Doe of meeting a fellow citizen. Unusually for a serial killer movie, this bad guy wins. They can’t identify him from his prints, because he’s removed his fingertips. They can’t catch him, so he gives himself up – all part of his ‘septych’ of hideous acts, all part of the plan. “John Doe has the upper hand,” says Morgan Freeman’s Detective Somerset, after opening the infamous box in the final reel. It’s actually been that way throughout.

Patrick Bateman (American Psycho, 2000)
Obsessing over Phil Collins and Huey Lewis can’t be good for anyone. And so it is for sadistic Patrick Bateman, the unreliable narrator of this critique of capitalist culture. Adding to the terror of Bateman’s murderous rampage is the fact that it goes largely undetected, ignored even. Of course, there’s the distinct possibility that it’s all in Bateman’s head, but that doesn’t remove from the horror. No, that’s not an exit either.

Jame Gumb (Silence of the Lambs, 1991)
There are shades of real-life killer Ted Bundy in Gumb’s MO – pretending to be injured and asking victims for help, but If it wasn’t for all the murdering, there could be something quite likeable about Jame. We’ve all done it – prancing around like a tit in the bedroom, trying on new looks and outfits. Only it’s not usually with a suit made of human skin.

Paul White (White of the Eye, 1987)
A dodgy-denimed family man who’s a little too fond of hunting. Paul White has great stereo installation skills and a vacuum-packed secret under his bathtub. When he finally reveals his true nature to his long-suffering wife, we feel her despair. He’s not all there and he’s about to go off. Literally.

Richard’s novel ‘Lord Of The Dead’ is out now, published by Obliterati Press.

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