Remains of the Day
The Back Story
The book l reviewed in 2012 which inspired this piece of gruesome feasting was:
Cannibal Serial Killers: Profiles of Depraved Flesh Eating Murderers
The reading group l belonged to asked me to write up a review which l did but l also suggested that l could indeed write a dark humour comedy piece and so was born the poem itself which was read out at the book club. The poem took three days to write and 45 minutes to read out to the group. I didn’t perform that, but a friend of mine did. I was awarded £35 worth of book vouchers. I tend to not do things by half and so thoroughly researched what l was going to pen and in order to write it, l needed to get into character as the main protagonist. How he would think, where he came from, what would he sound like, how his mind configured.
Glad you enjoyed it 🙂
The piece is a spoof, and it was read out aloud as l intended it to be read … in the most ridiculous French accent anyone could muster forth to deliver a certain accent to the reading. Honestly try it yourselves, it does make a significant difference to how it comes out 🙂
The research into the finished piece came from further inspirations and experiences sought out and found elsewhere:
1] Too Many Chefs 1978 [aka Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe] Film
Starring Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Morley, George Segal.
2] How to Make a Serial Killer: Christopher Berry-Dee/Steven Morri
3] Born Killers: Christopher Berry-Dee/Steven Morris
4] Rereading the entire series by Thomas Harris
Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Hannibal Rising
7] An almost fanatical passion when younger with Horror stories, Tales of Terror, Pan Horror stories, Tales from the Crypt comics and a host of other goodies.
8] Experience from writing short horror tales in my youth and submitting to pulp and fanzines.
9] A recounted tale of cannibalism from my Father when we lived in Malaysia and he was an RAAF officer and was sent in his capacity as head of Military Police Butterworth to investigate a mysterious case of murder and cannibalism in one of the local Kampung’s.
10] A love of horror and history and cultures.
11] My experience as a qualified chef and butcher.
12] Alive 1993 filmed based on real life events concerning the survivors of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 into the Andes mountains on Friday, October 13, 1972.
The characters in the poem came from:
1] Jacques Montana Pettifers as an identity is loosely based on many characters including Jack the Ripper, Bram Stoker, Nosferatu to name a few.
2] Hannibal Lecter needs no introduction however if in doubt check this out:
3] Herr Worr Wulf – The Werewolf
4] Lizzy Bathzory – aka Elizabeth Bathory – The Blood Countess
8] Shania Bean – Alexander Sawney Bean [Scottish Cannibal]
9] Swonny Todd – Sweeney Todd – Demon Barber
10] Ginio – The Leopard Society
11] Edward Gene – Ed Gein
12] Geoffrey Dammer – Jeffrey Dahmer
13] Richard Mindlessly – Richard Speck
14] Toole Gocht – Ottis Toole
15] Duchess Bombassa – Darya Saltykova