My Hero, The Serial Killer

Variety reports that Showtime has ordered a pilot from writer James Manos for a TV series based on Jeff  Lindsay’s novel DARKLY DREAMING DEXTER. The series would follow the exploits of a Miami Police Department forensics expert who also happens to be a serial killer.  There’s a series you’d never find on CBS.

9 thoughts on “My Hero, The Serial Killer”

  1. What is it with serial killers? Why are people attracted to them? I don’t get it.
    I remember reading something by a guy who’d spent some considerable length of time interviewing John Wayne Gacy, and he said that the thing he remembered about Gacy was what a colossal, crashing bore he was, only interested in talking endlessly about himself.

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  2. DARKLY DREAMING DEXTER…a Quinn Martin Production. Starring Mark Shera. Guest starring Burr DeBenning, Andrew Duggan, Sondra Locke, Mariette Hartley. Special Guest Star Martin Sheen as “Crazy Eddie.” Tonight’s Episode: DREAM A DEATH FOR ME.

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  3. I just finished reading the sequel, DEARLY DEVOTED DEXTER, and enjoyed it.
    It’s much better than the ‘serial-killer as hero’ novel HANNIBAL, by Thomas Harris, or the ‘serial-killer as hero’ novel AMERICAN PSYCHO by Bret Easton Ellis, but not nearly as well done as the ‘serial-killer as hero’ novel BLACKBURN by Bradley Denton, or the ‘serial-killer as hero’ novel MY IDEA OF FUN by Will Self, or the ‘serial-killer as hero’ novel THE WASP FACTORY by Iain Banks.
    So it makes perfect sense that this rapidly expanding sub-genre would eventually reach the attention of the cable TV execs, who are paid to have their fingers firmly on the pulse of anything that sounds like something.
    I think the mistake, however, is going for the sit-com format and taping in front of a studio audience.

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  4. This is NOT good news for me…I am in the midst of writing a screenplay on spec with the same sort of plot. I guess I can rewrite it to skew more towards another character and her past rather than the ME and his killing ways. Owww…what a blow!

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  5. Darkly Dreaming Dexter: the review

    Dexter Morgan, the hero and narrator of Jeff Lindsay’s novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter, is a guy with a problem: while he doesn’t exactly know what’s “right” and what’s “wrong,” he’s a serial killer who’s known from a young age both…

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  6. Darkly Dreaming Dexter: the review

    Dexter Morgan, the hero and narrator of Jeff Lindsay’s novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter, is a guy with a problem: while he doesn’t exactly know what’s “right” and what’s “wrong,” he’s a serial killer who’s known from a young age both…

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  7. A note for the author – have just fnished both your books and normally wouldn’t have considered reading such gruesome accounts of murders but I have to admit to now being a complete & utter devoted (excuse the pun)fan of Dexter – such clever humour – please tell me you will be writing a third??? Cheers, Jan from the Gold Coast in Australia

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