Jeff Lindsay is the author of Dexter in the Dark (Doubleday), a book about a charismatic police department analyst who also happens to be a serial killer.
But dont look to Lindsay himself for any torture tips.
He says, Ive never been fascinated by serial killers. A critic once said, Dexter is redefining the serial killer genre, and I said, What, theres a genre?
In fact, researching and writing the book which sparked the hit Showtime drama Dexter involves some deadly delving into his own macabre mind.
Lindsay says, I go to dark places I dont like going. Im not sitting there going, He he, he cut off the fingers, I get creeped out!
And after releasing his inner psycho, the only thing Lindsay looks forward to killing is time.
He says, When Im done writing I want to do something normal and safe, like hug my kids or have an extra beer.
Dexter in the Dark splatters onto shelves September 18.
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