Killing Pickman

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Homicide Detective William Zhu has just made the arrest of his career. With the apprehension of Richard Pickman, he has solved over 100 missing child cases, some of which date back over 30 years. The excavation of Pickman?s basement reveals horrors beyond imagination?the bodies of children mutilated in bizarre satanic rites. Frustrated with his role of clean-up man to the detritus of the world, Zhu makes what may be a fatal mistake: He decides to kill Pickman. Fatal, for Richard Pickman is no ordinary psychopath....

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Overview

Homicide Detective William Zhu has just made the arrest of his career. With the apprehension of Richard Pickman, he has solved over 100 missing child cases, some of which date back over 30 years. The excavation of Pickman’s basement reveals horrors beyond imagination…the bodies of children mutilated in bizarre satanic rites. Frustrated with his role of clean-up man to the detritus of the world, Zhu makes what may be a fatal mistake: He decides to kill Pickman. Fatal, for Richard Pickman is no ordinary psychopath. The rituals he performed were not the work of a madman, but sacrifices made to a very real demon. A demon who has granted Pickman near immortality. Killing Pickman is going to be a lot tougher than Zhu could have imagined. It may not even be possible!

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Homicide detective William Zhu’s career never prepared him for creepy serial murderer Richard Pickman. A vile fiend who horribly tortures and kills children as a sacrifice to a female demon in exchange for immortality and assorted dark powers, Pickman is apprehended after Zhu shoots him six times in the chest at point-blank range, which leaves him little worse for wear. That’s merely the first clue that Zhu is dealing with something other than a garden variety psycho, and it becomes increasingly clear that Zhu must permanently stop the killer, a gruesome act that will require the removal of Pickman’s beating heart. Becker’s script deftly fuses detective story and Lovecraftian horror yarn to good effect, but it is hampered by the book’s wildly uneven woodcut-like art. It’s unclear if the look of the illustrations is a conscious choice or the result of rushing to meet deadlines, but it nearly scuttles the whole project with its disjointed techniques. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936393145
  • Publisher: Archaia
  • Publication date: 12/13/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 437,503
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jason Becker is the writer and creator of Killing Pickman. He got his start in the comic book industry in 2005 when he founded small press publishing label Baby Shark Productions to produce the original graphic novel Hero Corps: The Rookie. Currently, his Baby Shark Productions label has partnered with Leadslinger Studios and is preparing to release several comic book projects upon the world: another Lovecraftian horror tale, Innsmouth Creek; the blood-soaked adventure,Escape from Splatter Island; and superhero satire, Captain Bludgeon HATES!

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