Huge thanks to Divine Magazine for hosting the fifth day of my tour! Yesterday I was at Books Laid Bare Boys https://www.books-laid-bare-boys.com/, looking at readers sleeping with psychopaths and a rather intense Q&A session. Tomorrow I’m over at Men & Men Midnight Café as readers again go head to head with psychopaths: http://mm.midnightcafe.uk/mm/index.php! Please join me there too!
Sleeping with Psychopaths: Danger Signs in Fiction – Anachronistic Symbolism
Today I’m looking at sleeping with psychopaths, or more the subtle imagery that’s crafted to show the warning signs given to Jan and Jack when it comes to meeting the ultimate psychopath in the Don’t series: the Crown’s Dog Soldier: Gray Raoul. And it’s sparked by this rather unusual reader question! Thank you so much, Katerina!!
Katerina. There’s this famous Lion, the Witch, and Wardrobelamppost – it’s mentioned in almost every novel in the Don’t… series — is there a picture/explanation to it?
Oh lord! I love that image of the lamppost, both from the novel The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and also the symbolism it brings to the Don’t series.
InThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the lamppost is the first thing Lucy sees when she’s steps out of the wardrobe into Narnia, but it warps time in so many ways and leaves behind that question: How can a gas lamp be there in a pseudo-medieval time such as Narnia? So it’s a crossover from Lucy’s real time (1939-40) and the place inside the wardrobe, making it anachronistic: an object that’s out of time and place, but where it works on a visual level to bridge both worlds and offer a clear path to walk both. But it’s also the first place that Lucy meets the Fawn, Mr Tumnus.
Where the lamppost offers a crossover between periods, Tumnus offers a way to walk and get into all the bad life of Narnia.
With Jack, when he first meets Gray, it’s in the backdrop of Cutter, and how Cutter helped forge Jack’s dissociative identity disorder. Jack’s a sociopath in his own way: born in the UK, but made through Cutter’s enforced social climate. In order to survive in a psychopath playing field when his world falls, Jack “walks” into Martin, giving Jack a secondary personality that has all the tools to survive in the psychopath playing field. And Martin — he comes with one hell of a full love of his “born this way, baby” innateness. So, when Jack meets Gray, Jack’s not in a good place.
Gray is the MI5 counterterrorism director-general who interrogates Jack, and he should be his saving grace. However, at that point, Jack has no idea that Gray is also a culler, or the Crown’s Dog Soldier: a psychopath called in to cull any threat to the Crown. The culler’s history with the Crown dates back to the Victorian era and Jack the Ripper and the Thames Torso Murders, how the cullers, the ultimate psychopaths, set the template for serial killers to come, all under the guise of Jack the Ripper and Thames Torso Murderer, and the government’s need to force social reform through their chaos.
So when Jack first sees Gray away from MI5, when he first sees Gray’s home, he sees the lamppost. And here it remains anachronistic in true Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobestyle, only here it shows the culler: a way back to the gaslit Victorian structure to Jack the Ripper streets, but still very much in the now.
And with Gray, both psychopath and sinner, and coming with such a unique way of handling Jack and Martin, how one side to Jack is that sociopath, the other (Martin) a psychopath, he offers both a walk into safety and into a fractured world that can easily take them all such bad ways.
That leaves Jan, the third part of their triad. And Jan, bless his heart, he’s like Lucy, not really knowing what the hell he’s getting himself into.
Jan’s, Jan’s an… accountant. Yet he chooses to take the walk and lie down with both psychopaths and sinners. How he retains the “soft-lad” approach he has always amazes me, and I’ve got so much respect for him, especially how this and the last Don’t… novel unfolds, taking him into more dangerous territory with facing the culler in Gray.
But the lamppost itself, it signals a way into Gray’s world, but offers a portent into the past and future that says his world might just take you down the wrong path into a place only a psychopath can take you.
And that’s never a good place to be, no matter how much you love someone!
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Author: Jack L. Pyke
Novel: Psychopaths & Sinners, Don’t… book 5
Release Date: 22nd May 2018
Because us? Psychopaths and sinners… we don’t need fixing, Gray.”
Three bodies, three mutilations, each one with something… unusual inserted into the wounds. The deaths are enough to leave Ash Thomas scrambling around to find someone to trust as the murders hit so close to home and heart.
For Gray Raoul, MI5 director of G-Branch, the deaths offer something else, a fall back into a familiar life where culling serial killers cater to his own darker mindset. But the farther Gray moves away from home, the more he realises serial killer games in the field are nothing compared to who he has locked up back at home. Sometimes walking the fine line between psychopaths and live-in lovers is a far darker game.
For Ash, that might just mean he’s on his own now, facing a killer who has a deadly fascination for pretty young men and dancing Holly Blue butterflies over their skin.
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Jack L. Pyke blames her dark writing influences on living close to one of England’s finest forests. Having grown up hearing a history of kidnappings, murders, strange sightings, and sexual exploits her neck of the woods is renowned for, Jack takes that into her writing, having also learned that human coping strategies for intense situations can sometimes make the best of people have disastrously bad moments. Redeeming those flaws is Jack’s drive, and if that drive just happens to lead to sexual tension between two or more guys, Jack’s the first to let nature take its course.
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