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Writing About Evil: Get in Touch with Your Darker Side

Updated on October 3, 2014

Just One Man’s Opinion

I believe there is a smattering of evil in all of us, just a dollop of the dark side flowing through our veins, but happily, that dollop rarely surfaces. Our kinder nature usually wins the day on the battlefield of morality, and I think I speak for all of us when I say that is a very good thing.

Still, as a writer, I find it challenging and yes, necessary, that I occasionally attempt to capture evil with my words. In order for me to grow as a creative writer, I need to push my limits and go to literary places that are abhorrent to me. I will never be the writer I want to be if I’m not willing to stretch my limits. Staying comfortably tucked away in my safe cocoon is not a recipe for growth, and I want desperately to grow as a writer.

For those reasons, I decided to embark on the evil trail with my latest novel, Shadows Kill. This is a psychological thriller with a vigilante as the good guy and a serial killer as the bad guy, and at times, it is hard to tell the difference between the two.

Let’s take a look at the bad guy, shall we? I give you the following passage from my novel. Then we’ll chat a bit about how to touch your evil as a writer and stay sane in the process.

It was a dark and stormy night.....
It was a dark and stormy night..... | Source

From Shadows Kill

“Good afternoon, my dear. Are you comfortable? I hope I didn’t tie those restraints too tight. Let me check and make sure all is well with your circulation. Yes, yes, the coloring is good. That’s fine, just fine. Now, there, good as gold, eh?”

He looked down on the young woman, naked and spread out on the table before him. She had flowing, wavy blond hair and eyes the color of jade. There was a sprinkling of freckles upon her cheeks, a lovely neck, slim waist with ample breasts, a ripe young woman of twenty-seven. Her mouth was covered with duct tape, and her eyes glistened with tears. He knew her to be an avid hiker, and her muscular calves spoke of many miles trekking in the Cascade Mountains.

“Please don’t fight your bonds, darling. It really is useless to do so.” He stroked her face lightly and bent down, kissing her on the forehead.

“Shhh, now. It’s all right. It will all be over soon. Thank you so much for joining me. You will make a lovely message for Mr. Baker. Yes, yes, just lovely.”

He had entered her bedroom several hours earlier through an unlocked window. People were so trusting despite the constant warnings about intruders. Subduing her had been no problem, for he was a large man and she such a small thing. He knocked her unconscious and carried her to his van, the entire visit taking only fifteen minutes, and then a leisurely drive in the country to his farmhouse, where they were now getting acquainted.

He walked several steps to his right where there was a table with an assortment of knives upon it. Selecting the one he needed, he returned to the young woman.

“I do not want you to suffer, my dear. It is Mr. Baker who will feel the pain of loss. I will make your ordeal as painless as possible. I promise you that. Perhaps you would like to know what I am going to do. Yes?”

“This is a lovely knife, don’t you think? Perfectly balanced you know. The Japanese take great pride in crafting only the finest knives. This particular one is called a Hira because of its blade design. See how the edge bevels reaching all the way from the ha to the mune with no flats in between? This tanto is twelve inches long and approximately two-hundred and fifty years old. Nothing but the finest for you, my dear.”

He placed the point of the tanto on her chest.

“Now you must not squirm so or I’ll miss my mark. I am going to plunge this into your heart. You will only feel pain for a second or two and then nothingness will fall upon you, that blessed destination we all secretly long for. Shhh, don’t carry on so. Now, where was I? Oh yes, there will be the initial cut, and then after you have left this world I will carve out a specific design for our Mr. Baker. I’m sure he will find it interesting.”

“I want to thank you again for assisting me, Nanci. You have been very gracious about this whole ordeal. Rest well my dear.”

When he was finished he walked to the sink, washed the blood from the blade, then lovingly spread oil on it to keep it from rusting. Next he untied the girl and began preparing her for her final journey. With a warm, wet washcloth he cleaned the blood from her body and then dressed her in her clothes. He touched up her makeup, for the tears had made a mess of her lovely face, and then he lowered her eyelids and once again kissed her forehead. He wiped tears from his eyes.

“Thank you,” he whispered, and then carried her to the van.

How can this sweet-looking man write about evil?
How can this sweet-looking man write about evil? | Source

Where Does This Come From?

Well not from me and that’s for damned sure. No, the inspiration for this antagonist came from Hannibal Lecter, the nasty guy from “Silence of the Lambs.” I’m sure most of you remember Hannibal, and I’m sure most of you experienced a visceral horror while reading about him.

That’s what I tried to accomplish with my own bad boy, and I think I’ve done it.

However, even the good guy in my novel has a dark side to him. In the following passage, he tries to justify and explain his own killing experience.

There was a serial killer in this neighborhood when I was growing up
There was a serial killer in this neighborhood when I was growing up | Source

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And This Is the Good Guy?

This, from Eli Baker, the protagonist in Shadows Kill:

Someone had sent an obvious message for all to see, a message so hideous, so degrading, so challenging, and it had my name on it….my name, my message, carved on Nanci….how does anyone ignore that vileness? Did Jimmy really think that depravity will just disappear, or suddenly be overcome by goodness? I appreciate the message and his fervor, but I’m not buying. Nobody is safe, whether you live in the bowels of New York City, or the idyllic wistfulness of the country. Evil walks among us. Hell, there are those who have never heard of Olympia, Washington, and yet twenty miles to the north of us, Ted Bundy called Tacoma his home, and fifty miles to the north of us, Gary Ridgeway dumped dead bodies as though they were cardboard at a recycling center.

Evil walks among us.

Plato said that ignorance is the root of all evil, but what is a sociopath ignorant of? There is no moral dilemma for the depraved among us. They are driven by a voice most of us will never hear. It is not a lack of intelligence, but rather a dysfunction, so deeply ingrained as to be a part of their DNA. They terrorize good, unharmed people, in the name of God or payback for cruelties paid to them in their youth, or whatever other justification they have manufactured. One does not counsel such depravity, nor does one lobotomize it. The only solution for peace-loving citizens, the only reaction that will bring them peace, is total annihilation.

How Does One Find Such Inspiration?

Well, hopefully, not from your own experience or actions. For me, I had to think of the scariest literary character I had ever encountered, and Hannibal Lecter surfaced. For the good guy, I thought of an old Charles Bronson film called “Death Wish,” about a vigilante. Toss in a few other very vile characters I have met over the years, and then mold them into my own nasty character.

I’ve mentioned before that Ted Bundy was our paperboy. Yes, that Ted Bundy, in Tacoma, Washington, circa 1960. I barely remember him delivering papers, but I remember clearly his infamous days, and the interviews I saw of him, and I remember his lifeless eyes, eyes that held or reflected no light. It was looking into the abyss of evil.

This latest novel is taking twice as long to write as my previous novel, simply because it is hard to embrace a character who is so dark. I have to write and then recover; write and then recover; and the process is slow because of that.

But it is worthwhile. When I finish this novel I will be a better writer and really, isn’t that why most of us do this writing gig?

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, what can I say, but that you are truly so talented and definitely know you are anything, but evil, but to be able even still to write it shows that you have a gift. Thanks for sharing and have great day and weekend, too now!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Janine! Now if I can only make that gift earn me some money. :) I appreciate your kind words, dear friend.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      You are so right Billy, I think there is a dark side to all of us - whether it arrived with us at birth or whether it arrived slowly as disappointment in life fueled and fed it from within.

      Hope you week-end is a great one on the Urban Farm

      Sally

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Sally, I'm glad most of us don't utilize that dark side, or what a mess this world would be.

      Enjoy your weekend my friend, as will I, and thank you!

      bill

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      Anna Green 2 years ago from North Carolina

      I enjoyed this article. In my fiction writing, I tend to skew to the dark side almost always. It's the polar opposite of the "me" that everyone sees: A positive person who runs a Christian counseling ministry and who would never hurt anyone deliberately.

      That said, I like to tap into that dark side because it's so real in our world. I base my characters on situation and people I encounter. More importantly, however, I tap into my hurt. When I write that evil character, I let that deeply-hidden anger and trauma out in a safe way that, hopefully, tells a good, moral story in the end.

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      Jaye Denman 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

      You've certainly got your readers well hooked in advance on SHADOWS KILL, Bill. These excerpts make us cringe at the evil perpetrated by a psychopathic killer (an evil character you drew well) and also unveil the tarnish on your vigilante protagonist's own soul as he assumes the roles of avenging judge and jury.

      Your audience awaits. JAYE

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MsBizPro, great reflection on your own writing...thanks for sharing that, and I agree, it is a great outlet for that deeply-hidden anger and trauma.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jaye, just tossing out tidbits and seeing if I can catch anything with the bait. :) Thank you my friend, and have a great weekend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I think we've all envisioned dastardly deeds as some point in life. You've done a good job of creating your villain. During his 'meeting' with Nanci, I was wondering what was going on in her head during all of this.

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      I really enjoy the excerpts you share from your book. A sure buy for me. Your sharing helps me to challenge myself to let go and let the story tell itself :) Have a great weekend Bill!!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, if you are imagining that, then I consider the writing successful. We'll never know, but I think we can imagine through our own senses and fears. Thank you and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad to hear it, Michelle. Have a wonderful weekend and thank you!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A little too depraved to be just an exercise? Hmmm ;-) Your comments made me think of ISIS.

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Oh, you make a very good bad guy!

      Generally, I do not allow myself to read books of this nature.

      I will make an exception when "Shadows Kill" hits the book stores.

      It sounds absolutely terrifying, but I will read it.

      Have a great weekend,

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ahh, Eric, sometimes it's hard to hide the depravity my friend. :) Have a great weekend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      it will be disturbing, DJ, and that's just what the writing doctor ordered. :) I need to expand my scope...spread my wings if you will. :)

      Have a fabulous weekend, and thank you.

      bill

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      Melissa Propp 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Love the title! And your serial killer gave me me shivers (and that has nothing to do with the fact that it is only 50 degrees here on this "lovely" cold grey fall day here in MN)....

      This is gonna be a great book! Thanks for sharing.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Oh, that bad guy is really bad. I can see why you would need to sit back and recover.

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      Andrew Smith 2 years ago from Richmond, VA

      I agree with the two main premises of the article: we all have a little evil inside of us, and writing about it is good an healthy. Very nice.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, as a writer, to hear that my writing gave a reader shivers...well, that's just icing on my personal cake. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, Marlene, he is one bad dude. I can only write about him in short spurts...I'm stalling right now because he is in the next chapter. :)

      Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you goatfury. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

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      Your Cousins 2 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Writing about evil things is good therapy; a great way to free your dark side. Though I must say I was rooting for Nanci to miraculously turn the tables on her attacker. I'm sure he'll get his comeuppance somewhere down the road.

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      David Stone 2 years ago from New York City

      Chilling. As humans, we inherit evolutionary traits you might call "evil," but it's rare for it to be so individually executed. That's part of what fascinates.

      What concerns me more is our highly developed skill of mass murder at a distance. The distance has given us license, but I have a harder time understanding Kissenger's coolly planning to send thousands to death in an instant than I have understanding individual crimes of passion.

      It's the cool part that's most troubling and the greatest danger for the future.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Your Cousins, you can count on it. His days are numbered. :)

      Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      David, you and me both. I think that distance, that detachment, makes it almost like playing a video game. The gore is gone, so let's just enjoy the experience. Quite frankly, I would like to see, as a requirement for political office, that every politician serve in war. Then maybe we would see some clear-headed thinking in Washington D.C.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is awesome, I mean awesome! That poor girl, so vivid, I could see her. I wanted to cry. Thank God it's only a story. I didn't think I could write anything evil until Frank's torture challenge. I dug deep and did it. It seems like people like that kind of gory stuff. I had readers come that were not HP members and they loved it. Go figure? Lets face it, we all like gory sometimes....

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Thanks for sharing. Best wishes.

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      Dr Billy Kidd 2 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I worked with evil people. You didn't open the red doors in solitary at the prison unless you had a team of martial arts experts. These prisoners were aggressive and would try to kill you no matter what.

      Some psychopathic killers are from totally dysfunctional families. The families will always say, "Johnny was such a nice boy." Un huh, and cutting the cat's throat and laughing was just a normal thing, right?

      Freud called the dark side the id and the death wish. Psychologists disagree on these things. We do know from brain scans that some killers come out normal and other's show screwed up brains. So the cause is mixed.

      I disagree that we all have a dark side. Sorry, Bill, but I've known people who seem to be incapable of an evil thought. Yes, like Freud said, it could all be repressed. But babies from normal homes are born happy and healthy. Otherwise, the human species would not have survived.

      As for thrillers and horror novels. the best selling authors write to keep from going insane. Their heads are so full of evil thoughts that the get it out, sublimate it, by writing. And then live almost normal lives.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby! I'll take a double awesome any old day. :) Have a great weekend, and thanks for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Bill, and best wishes to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No reason to apologize, Dr. Billy. I would be greatly concerned if everyone agreed with me. :) Thanks for your thoughts and reflections.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      What can I say, Bill. Deep and dark stuff, but beautifully written. It is like me telling you about the poems. Good writers can do anything. Well, almost. :) Peace, Bro.

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      sheilamyers 2 years ago

      I think if you can scare yourself by writing about evil, you've done an excellent job. It's not so much about being scared like you might be watching a horror film, but scared because you start to wonder that if you can write it you may be capable of actually doing it. Perhaps more than any author in any other genre with the exception of horror and some Christian fiction, I think authors who write crime fiction and thrillers delve the deepest into the evil that lies in the hearts and minds of men.

      I haven't really taken a good look at my main (good guy) characters to see what evil may be lurking deep within them. Your article has given me something to think about. I'll have to try adding something like this into at least one of my novels and find out how the characters deal with it.

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      sheilamyers 2 years ago

      Sorry about adding a second comment, but I didn't realize until after I submitted the first one that part of your article shows up below the comments section. Did you do this on purpose or is this something you need to fix? Or is it just my internet browser acting strange again and I'm the only one seeing that?

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      I have never tried the dark side of writing, this got me intrigued, can I do it? how bad can I be? lol! I love reading the stuff so maybe I already have a dark side, all I know is that this totally captured my attention, I was riveted to the first bit, oh how depraved am I? LOL! great writing billy as always, nell voted up and shared!

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, and Interesting.

      One of my favorite movies is MISSOURI BREAKS. Jack Nicholson plays a cattle rustler and Marlon Brando plays a bounty hunter. By near the end of the movie, the audience cheers when the "bad guy" rustler slits the throat of the "good guy", sadistic bounty hunter.

      The novel JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE NIGHT by Celine (online in pdf) has glimpses of evil, like the couple in a neighboring apartment whom the protagonist hears beating their child to get themselves sexually excited, or the man who wants his mother-in-law murdered so that he can rent her room.

      I wonder if for a novelist or a dramatist good and evil, virtue and vice, are like chiaroscuro for a painter.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Almost indeed, manatita...but we can always hope. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheila, as always, your observations are very interesting. I plan a series using the main character...he will undergo changes...but the crimes will be horrific. I have to prepare myself for that series, mentally and emotionally.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheila, I had trouble posting this hub, and somewhere along the way that capsule was wrongly inserted. Thanks for letting me know.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, I'll take riveted...that means I've done my job, and I appreciate your comment. Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, as always, your comments are right on. I loved Missouri Breaks and the allegiance that switched during the movie.....all great points my friend. Thank you!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Evil is in all of us as all other sides are observed. Interesting and very true.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      You've certainly created some characters here! We're taken deep into their psyche. I know what you mean though. I had trouble with Frank's challenge, when I had to deal with the boy's death. I even thought of changing it to another adult victim but couldn't find an alternative that worked better. It drained me though. You learn a little more about yourself through that process, too, I think.

      Yes, we all have a dark side, it's human nature and we need it for survival I guess; as long as we know where the line is....

      Great piece, bill, and a great lesson in writing.

      Ann

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      This is a very interesting topic Bil, and a nice little preview of the two main characters in "Shadows Kill". I agree we all have a dark side that most of us can suppress 99% of the time.

      As a writer I feel we are a lot like actors, sometimes we have no choice but to extend ourselves and write about topics and characters we are not comfortable with. You have successfully done that here. You mentioned Hannibal Lecter. I'm sure Anthony Hopkins is really nothing like that character but he played the part so well. I have written a few dark poems such as "Mr Sammy's Torture Chamber", "A Body in the Forest", and "Follow Me"etc (then there are the Frank Atanacio challenges as well) so I totally understand where you are coming from. Thank you for sharing this, I found it enthralling.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I just cannot believe the Billy I have come to know and love has a dark side like this! I have to tell you, I'm sorry I read this. I found it very disturbing. I do not believe I have a darkside; I can't kill an insect.

      Sorry, this did not make me feel good at all. You can delete this comment if you like!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, DDE. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ann! I know I rarely do protest articles about homelessness and sex trafficking any longer, simply because it drains me emotionally to do so....I wish that were not true because those articles are important...but so is my emotional stability. :)

      Have a great weekend my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, I like that simile...we are like actors, and we do play a part when we write like this. Great point my friend. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No reason to delete it at all, Mary. Thanks for your viewpoint.

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      Dr Billy Kidd 2 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      FYI: Bill, I wanted to get back to you on brain scans of psychopaths:

      "Higher total as well as subfactor psychopathy scores (arrogant/deceptive, affective, and impulsive/unstable) were all associated with low prefrontal gray volume. Unsuccessful psychopaths, but not successful psychopaths, had a 22.3% reduction in prefrontal gray matter volume compared with control subjects."

      www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006322305000983

      It seems like you could have your successful criminals seen as thinkers, planners (prefrontal lobe) and the ones who screw us doing impulsive things!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hey Bill, so you've decided to take a walk on the dark side? Well my friend, just remember to keep the candle burning in the window, so you can find your way back. Nice work, I did think of Hannibal Lecter as I read the excerpt from your next book. This one is certainly different, it'll be fun to read. They do say that the worst psychos often appears to be the nicest guys on the surface. :)

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      What a terrific topic for October. We all have this potential in us. I used to do volunteer work in a prison before I decided that I wanted nothing to do with that side of the human services field. Despite the utmost of precautions, a fellow student volunteer was tracked down on campus by an inmate after he was released. He showed up at her dorm room door just to say hello. OMG.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great information, Dr. Billy...thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      So far, Jo, Bev isn't afraid to be with me, so I'll trust her instincts. LOL Thank you my friend. I hope you are having a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, I think you did well to get out of that area of expertise. Scary stuff out there in the real world.

      Have a wonderful Sunday, and thank you.

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      billybuc, I love to read and watch television about psychological killers, evil beings and more. I think you are right when it comes to a bit of evil in all of us. We are so much more than our makeup. It is our decisions and actions that really drive our personality and convictions.

      Are your novels available to buy? If so, where? I don't know if it is just a feature of my creative nature, but I do enjoy reading this kind of fiction. It is only when it is reality that it becomes abhorrent to me.

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for another awesome hub. I know that everyone has their own dark side, no matter how small that side might be.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      your hub opens up all think channels in my mind.. and most of my evil characters come from experiences.. hmmm.. I mean not from experiences.. i have been enjoying your hubs Billy.. I try to comment but sometimes I forget because I print and read them off line.. nonetheless I try to make it back to comment just to say I do appreciate the hard work you put into them.. so you know..:)

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Being a rabid fan of Stephen King I have to say this is superbly done. No, I'm not a latent psychopath but I believe its good every once in a while to make the hair on your neck stand up. I can see this new book of yours will do exactly that. Your talent knows no bounds.

      Anything we do we do better if we are challenged.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Jim 2 years ago from Kansas

      Be sure to update us when you are finished. I'm a little hesitant to access that smattering of evil, that may be lurking. To be a better writer though.... maybe.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, my other two novels are not like this one...only one is for sale now, and that's on my website. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok, and I happen to agree with you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Frank. I'm honored that you print my hubs for later reference.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I believe that, Mary. I don't see growth happening for me if I stay where my writing is safe. Thanks for mentioning that.

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      sheilamyers 2 years ago

      billybuc: Glad I could help by pointing out the misplaced text capsule. All of your hubs contain great information and I'd hate to see people miss part of any of them.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Eeks! Chilling stuff here, Bill. Oh, that Thomas Harris did create such a sadistic serial killer in Hannibal Lector indeed! I may need to read his novels, as I was thinking back to when I watched the movies of how a writer would describe exactly in writing how Hannibal said her name, "Clarice" ... I read it somewhere that does describe it pretty well ..."a hint of metallic rasp." Yikes, disturbing thought to think of the sound of his voice even. What fascinates me so much about Harris is that he lets his work speak for itself and he does not do interviews. Now, that is someone confident in his brilliance as a writer.

      Don't allow that dark side to take over, for when we invite the dark side in, it (evil) will surely come on right in and dwell! Now I am disturbed a bit about Frank's comment about his experiences ...

      Blessings

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      Thomas Byers 2 years ago from East Coast , United States

      billybuc Great work. Especially at this time of year. Thomas Harris was and is a great writer as are you.

      I met Ted Bundy at Florida State Prison. I met with him several times and was there that cold January morning in 1989 when he left this earth courtesy of the Florida Electric Chair.

      I have several hours of tape of interviews I and a friend did with Bundy but I've never done anything with them. Maybe I will someday.

      I'm working currently on a Serial Killer novel based on the Cherokee Indian Reservation back in the 1950s. You gave me the inspiration to work on it this afternoon and tonight. I always enjoy everything you write. Especially this Hub Page. Thanks for making me think today. I appreciate it.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      That is interesting, crazyhorseghost, about you meeting Ted Bundy. We lived in Florida during the time he went on a killing spree. It was terrifying indeed, as he looked like someone anyone would trust to be a nice guy. There are plenty of them walking around no doubt. You should do something with those interviews. In the city in which I grew up, we actually had two serial killers, one was caught, but the other they are not sure if they have caught the right guy, but hopefully! I may write about how I felt growing up and my feelings during the time they were killing and how close I came to one in my life! Your novel sounds interesting too.

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      Lisa VanVorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Wow this is one book I would definitely read. So chilling and captivating at the same time. The kind of book you would read at night, alone and then check your doors and windows to make sure they are locked. Very interesting. Have you published this yet? If so I would like to get the book to read. Great job!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again, Sheila. I should have guessed there was a problem considering how hard it was to post, but I didn't check. I will from now on.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Faith. No worries about the dark side taking over....I'm pretty sure I can separate fact from fiction. :)

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      crazyhoresghost, that is fascinating. I am glad this inspired you to work on your novel....you certainly have some great interview material to use as further inspiration.

      And thank you for your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Faith. I think those interviews are a gold mine for a writer.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lisa! No, this book is only halfway finished. I'll let everyone know when it is completed.

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      whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

      You are right Bill. We can't ignore the evil around us unless we are birds that stick our heads into holes in the ground. Well expressed and very much talent shared. whonu

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Bill,

      First of all, I can't wait to read "From Shadows Kill." Secondly, I can understand that such an endeavor requires recovery periods.

      Hooked Already,

      Kim

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      whonu, I thank you. I actually enjoy this process, but it's not something I would do often.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kim. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

      bill

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      I had goose pimples all over reading your lines. You certainly can write! I am certain most of us can portray evil but not many of us dare to delve into the depths as you have done here.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Dianna! It's not an easy write, but I think it's necessary if I'm going to grow as a writer.

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      crissalina 2 years ago

      I ll never be the writer I want to be if I don t get in touch with the darker side. - this is very true. But I do believe is not possible to explore darker sides without having some impact on daily life.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      crissaline, I agree with you completely. Thank you for that observation.

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      ArtDiva 2 years ago

      You are prolific, I must say. And, yes, follow Hannibal, a fascinating character and epitome of evil, a smooth and darkly portrayal in the new TV series.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank youArtDiva....there is something fascinating about evil. :) I hope I don't become too fond of it. LOL

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      ArtDiva 2 years ago

      What's even more fascinating as I open this "evil" page on the dark side of souls, is an ad upfront, Publish A Christian Book. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ArtDiva, that is a bit fascinating, isn't it? :)

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      ArtDiva 2 years ago

      It has since changed, and I would think so. There are bots about, seeing all.:)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL..there are indeed, ArtDiva. :)

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Good evening Bill.

      This is a more demanding article than some others I suppose. A complexity of human being when we understand its three-fold substance the spirit, the soul, and the body, then we will have better understanding " "evil in us ", or as I see it manifested visible by the acts of our bodily- physical performance. " Evil" potentially is taking advantage as we ( I - my person ) allow my soul to take control over my spirit ( human spirit) through subconsciousness where (we ) I am the most vulnerable thus not only opening myself but yielding to that what I see, hear, meditate upon, finally losing control …Most of the time (we ) ( me ) - no one can see this inner process of readiness to commit those “ beheadings “ acts by the seemingly "nice" people " walking among us. What a horrible realization! No wander you "feel'" (in my words ) oppression of that spiritual force while writing about. I wish you success if you are compelled to. It takes a courage to be courageous. And you know, we do know there is more to it...

      Voting up and interesting.

      Good night my friend and have a blessed week.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, I can always count on your to deliver an eloquent comment. Thank you for your insights and your friendship.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Interestingly I read and also write decidedly dark paranormal fiction and I am totally comfortable with that, as it isn't real.

      I never ever read any fiction or factual writing at all on the topic of real life living, breathing evil persons actions. I will however make an exception in your case, for your novel.

      Your really do write fiction very well, your new book excerpt creeps right into the unconscious, and then rolls of the brain leaving a dent of shock and fear. Well done Bill, goal skilfully achieved.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, thank you. I had one reader quite upset about this excerpt...but it is not real. All fiction is....wait for it...fiction. It does not mean it is a reflection of the writer...it just means it is....here's that word again...fiction. :)

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      I know and you do it very well. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Anna!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Abhorrent people like your character are hard to write about for obvious reasons, and their psyche is so twisted and unnatural. But remember, they have no feelings for others. Their emotions are only for themselves, nobody else. You must reflect that with the tears of your subject. He is NOT crying for what he did, those are tears of JOY for the sake of power. He is happiest causing harm, and justifies it easily, as she deserved it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Excellent suggestion, Deb. Thank you for seeing inside my character and reminding me of an important fact.

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