Chelsea put the ‘laughter’ in ‘slaughter’

Portland author Chelsea Cain created one of the most captivating (and I mean that word in every conceivable sense) villains in recent years with serial killer Gretchen Lowell. All by itself, that would be a literary accomplishment.

But since Chelsea doesn’t take herself too seriously, she got Portland’s famed chanteuse, Storm Large, to portray the lovely killer on Gretchen’s Web site.

Ms. Large is featured in a series of faux magazine covers as the famed serial killer, holding knives, blood stained and otherwise looking calm and psychotic. First time I surfed over to the site, I snorted coffee across my MacBook.

There also are Web ads for the Oregon Herald, Chelsea’s fictitious newspaper, and bus tours of Portland’s serial killer crime scenes.

(Chelsea has created so many serial killers in Portland that I recently joked with her that Portland Community College now offers an associates degree in serial murder. Hey, we’re all about workforce development.)

I think this is why I enjoy her novels so much. Yes, the subject is grisly. But Chelsea never lost that wry sense of humor that made her Oregonian columns so freaking funny.

Sick and wrong? Sure. Funny as hell? Oh, yes.

About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on December 16, 2009, in Blog and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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