I watched Wolf Creek and a question came to me during the credit roll-by: What happens to killers who don’t get caught?
For those of you who don’t know this extremely suspenseful flick: A trio of friends take a driving, camping holiday across the vast, unpopulated plains of the Australian Outback in an unreliable car. They break down near Wolf Creek, miles from anywhere. A scruffy man arrives and assists by towing them back to his camp where he says he can repair it… but he doesn’t do that.
Jump forward to a scene in this thriller plot where our twenty-somethings are running from a sadistic psychopath who’s slicing, dicing and tormenting the young ‘uns within his lair. There are half-juicy corpses lying around those who are screaming and bleeding, a sign that these adventurers weren’t his first or only victims.
No one survives… except the bad guy. Yep, in this thriller plot the good-over-evil cliche was busted… and I liked it!
I loved that unsettling sensation, of an unresolved conflict of morals and injustices. I wanted a thriller plot like that. I wanted to explore this notion of trying to understand why it was so awkward to accept this outcome and why the fight to alter it mattered so much. It was as if I’d never had chocolate and someone just gave me the tiniest piece, enough to entice my curiosity but not enough to answer every new question that came from eating it. I wanted an answer. I wanted more.
SEETHINGS is my exploration of making chocolate only from the sensation of taste.
How many unsolved murders are there each year? Why are they unsolved? People go missing all the time. Police don’t catch everyone who murders someone.
And who are these uncaught murderers? What do they do when they’re not slashing someone? Do they have jobs? Do they live beside us? If justice doesn’t see to them, where do they go? Do they just blend in and go free to live their lives as if nothing happened? More importantly, can I make a reader feel just as uncomfortable by making my own blend of chocolate into a thriller plot?
SEETHINGS is my chocolate. -Mx
‘Forman’s writing style is artful, with the protagonist Mitchell’s warped thought processes masterfully exposed. The author has a powerful and vivid command of language and his word pictures are stark and disturbingly real.’ – Linda J Bettenay, author of ‘Secrets Mothers Keep’ and ‘Wishes For Starlight’