Heck: Portrait of a Chicago Serial Killer [NOOK Book]


Heck is a Chicago serial killer, half Homo sapiens, half Neanderthal. He’s a `killer without a conscience’…in a nutshell, he `hunts, maims, kills’… not because he wants to, but because he’s genetically prone to do so.

After finding his pet hamster Moo-Cow, Heck is overjoyed:

“She was a strong, feisty little hamster, soft, furry, and I missed her. I'd been crazy with worry ...
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Heck: Portrait of a Chicago Serial Killer

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Heck is a Chicago serial killer, half Homo sapiens, half Neanderthal. He’s a `killer without a conscience’…in a nutshell, he `hunts, maims, kills’… not because he wants to, but because he’s genetically prone to do so.

After finding his pet hamster Moo-Cow, Heck is overjoyed:

“She was a strong, feisty little hamster, soft, furry, and I missed her. I'd been crazy with worry for the little scumbag. I didn't really think of her as `scum', you’d have to trust me on that. I admit, though, she'd given me grief. She was scraggly, needed fattening up. I'd have to buy her some special food, fresh carrots, maybe a little meat. Hamsters will eat meat if you wean them on it.”

“I got up from my chair, turned on the faucet, squeezed her hard into my fist with equal pressure so that she couldn't move, and if you don't choke on your own blood, you little bit-h, you'll surely die by drowning when I finish filling the sink.”

“I dunked her under for a good four minutes and held her so tight she had no chance to scratch, bite or struggle. She was feisty, but I'm much, much bigger and stronger. I watched her body float for a while. It stirred like a boat in a swampy pond, first in circular patterns, then whirling around like a little log as her body settled in, then sunk.”

“Pathetic little creature, she shouldn’t have run away. She wasn’t the same hamster I once knew. She'd caused me grief. I don't know about you, but I possess hamsters for one sole reason, for joy. I no longer felt joy. She ran away. I feared she'd run away again. I don't like that.”

Heck is flat-nosed, deformed, "as though someone has periodically set a flame under my face and melted it, then let it coagulate like candle wax which forms into thick splotchy globules."
Heck was raised in an orphanage by `counselors and benefactors.' One counselor comments, "you see his arm, the size of it? He's immensely strong, and temperamental." Heck kills anyone who is `pathetic;' a `pathetic' is, essentially, anyone who he'd like to kill.
This story takes place in Chicago. Read Heck and you won’t see Chicago the same anymore. You’ll hate Heck, like him, won’t know what to think…you’ll pity him. He won’t pity you.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013711549
  • Publisher: Write Services
  • Publication date: 1/2/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 372 KB

Meet the Author

I’m Kenn Pappas, a pseudonym, of course, but only partially, since my last name is really Kirby, but my mother’s maiden name was Pappas, which I like just as much as the one my daddy gave me. Well, why not be someone else for a change?

My uncle died at Pearl Harbor. His name was Ken. I was named after him. I spell it “Kenn” because in eighth grade, my English teacher, Ms. Piotr, requested that I become “Ken-n” (pronounced with a slight pause between each `n’) instead of “Ken” in order to differentiate between me and another Ken, a braniac who sat in front of me. He took priority because he was smarter and got first choice at retaining his real name.

I took on the name “Ken-n” because I welcomed that kids would make fun of me, since it afforded me an opportunity to bring out the pugilist in me and beat the s -- t out of any of them who would dare to mispronounce my real name.

I entered Elmhurst College, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. At this time, I shortened my name to just plain “Kenn” … which is what I am today. However, my wife Katie still calls me “Ken-n” just to p - - s me off.

I graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a Master of Arts in English Literature, and a concentration in writing. I own W.R.I.T.E. Services, a resume, business writing, editing, job coaching and self-publishing business. My card says, “Kenn Kirby”…perhaps I’m a sociopath.

I wrote Heck because my father, when he was still alive, said it would be a good idea to write something about a sociopath. He thought it would be therapeutic, since he believed me to be a sociopath. “That boy’s just not right”, he’d say.

I have a constant stampede of violent thoughts streaming through my head, and only with extensive concentration on logical thinking can I eschew these thoughts from guiding my limbs to react in accordance with the streamlet. However, Heck, my Neanderthal Chicago serial killer, is not that lucky. His logic lets him run rampant, and he hunts, maims, kills.

I wonder how many serial killers really do suffer from thoughts run awry where they just can’t help what they do and kill for no other purpose than just to kill?

It’s scary.
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