For “fun,” I sometimes look through the list of subjects available in the library’s catalog. Sure, it doesn’t sound fun exactly but sometimes you come across some good ones. For instance, my favorite subject is “Aardvark – Drama” which mostly refers to books and movies from the show Arthur. But I like to imagine those odd, prehistoric looking creatures having dramatic interactions with one another. “I heard that Arty the Aardvark sleeps all day long! Can you believe it?”
Much less adorable, but a bit more sophisticated and interesting is the subject “Serial Murderers -- Comic Books, Strips, Etc.” This subject yields over 40 adult Graphic Novels and includes books both fiction tales and graphic novels based on real life events. And this format seems like a good fit for these chilling tales. The “cartoon” aspect of the graphic novel takes some of the edge off gruesomeness of the stories without taking away from the chilling and haunting aspects of the stories. Granted, the topic of serial killers isn’t going to be universally appealing regardless of the format. But there’s no denying the fact that people are fascinated and I have a hunch we’ll see more of these titles in the future.
Below you’ll find a small sampling of titles that fall under this odd subject heading, the top two were both published this year and have been highly reviewed and regarded. So, um, enjoy?