Call me Hannibal

Last night I found myself completely enthralled with a documentary on More4… Psychopath Night.

I’ve read and watched plenty on psychopathy and its case studies, but last night’s programme was different from the others. It went a little deeper, and as well as the usual scrutiny of serial killers and their psyche, it also broached the subject that very few people know about;

There are a lot of psychopaths in the world, and many of them aren’t running about, slashing women in the shower and then wearing their skin. Most psychopaths never actually kill, and many are successful in life. In fact, the majority of them are very successful, with families, careers, and in positions of power. It’s believed that politics, banking and business have a much larger percentage of ‘high functioning psychopaths’ than most other industries. That explains Tony Blair then.

In my time, I’ve been accused of being cold-hearted, ruthless, unremorseful, even completely devoid of emotion (I think the collective noun is ‘arsehole’). But I’m also very focussed, organised, cool-headed, absent of delusions or phobias. I don’t get particularly anxious over things that most people would find hard to deal with. There’s a long list, and I have both the good, and the bad characteristics of a psychopath. So, I took the test. In fact, a took a few different tests that I found on various websites. The conclusion? I’m a nicer and more approachable version of Hannibal Lecter! I always knew I was different!

No wonder my books are so graphically gruesome. 😉

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4 Comments to “Call me Hannibal”

  1. Rose Garcia says:

    Just started reading and greatly enjoying your books. Thank goodness for nice and approachable “psychopaths” like you… apparently, psychopaths make great writers!

    • Luke Duffy says:

      Cheers Rose,

      Well, they do say that one of the biggest traits of a psychopath is their charm. That’s how we sucker you in….:)

      Oh, and apologies for the late reply. I have been neglecting my site recently, but I promise to give it more attention in the future.

  2. diane williams says:

    i agree with your post and also believe you don’t have to look much farther than our us politicians. i really enjoyed both series of your books and wish that you might be adding to the number you have already written because they are very good.i like the mixture of the tough military guys and the civilians. all of the characters are extremely easy to sympathize with and the storylines are powerful. when there’s no more room in hell, the part with the zombie and the little girl was a little hard to read but even his story became believable. in when the dead walk the earth the part where the 2 brothers died was very sad but still you were hoping they would be saved in the end. it’s not easy to find other zombie books with the same level of complicated story lines as yours but maybe you will write something and publish soon . i love your books and hope you write more in zombie fiction.! diane williams

    • Luke Duffy says:

      Cheers Diane,

      Apologies for the late reply. I’ve only just realised that there were posts that I hadn’t seen.

      Anyway, you’ll be glad to know that there will be more books to come. I plan on writing another series, that will tie the two originals series of books together. The work is slow going at the moment, but I’ll keep my readers posted on here, so keep an eye out for updates.

      Oh, and did you notice that the two brothers were in the first series ‘When there’s no more room in Hell’? They were the same two guys (deserters from the battle of London) who met Marcus and his team, in an old country pub to the north of the capital. I like to throw in little things like that, so that people can link the stories together. 🙂

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