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The Lust for Blood: Why We Are Fascinated by Death, Murder, Horror, and Violence
     

The Lust for Blood: Why We Are Fascinated by Death, Murder, Horror, and Violence

by Jeffrey A Kottler
 

How do we explain the lurid fascination that most people experience when confronted by real or simulated acts of violence, murder, horror, and crime? This is the subject examined in this candid assessment of our dark vicarious thrills. Based on a series of interviews with perpetrators, victims, and "consumers" of violence, including several celebrities, the author

Overview

How do we explain the lurid fascination that most people experience when confronted by real or simulated acts of violence, murder, horror, and crime? This is the subject examined in this candid assessment of our dark vicarious thrills. Based on a series of interviews with perpetrators, victims, and "consumers" of violence, including several celebrities, the author of a best-selling book on serial killers explores what there is about this subject that draws such a wide audience.

Unlike many other books that attempt to probe the murky psyches of deviant individuals, this book focuses on normal, average people who, despite themselves, enjoy getting close to the most forbidden, perverse side of destruction and evil. The persons interviewed range from homicide detectives and emergency room personnel to a heavyweight boxer and groupies of serial killers on death row. The author considers ideas from a variety of theories and research to explain our responses to violence, raises questions about the shifting line between normal and abnormal, evaluates the confusion and ambivalence that many people feel when witnessing others’ suffering, and suggests future trends in society’s attitudes toward violence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616142285
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
12/01/2010
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey A. Kottler, PhD, is a practicing psychologist, professor of counseling at California State University, Fullerton, and the author of more than seventy-five books, including the New York Times best seller The Last Victim: A True-Life Journey into the Mind of the Serial Killer. He is also head of Empower Nepali Girls, which provides educational scholarships for at-risk, lower-caste girls.

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