Interview with a Serial Killer: Malcolm Penn
After much reluctance, serial killer Malcolm Penn from CH Kelly’s novel A Shadow Over Vegas has acquiesced to my request for an interview. I tracked him down as he was getting ready to leave Las Vegas for New Orleans.
Dara Rochlin: Thanks for joining me today, Malcolm. Your book is increasing in popularity and now you have a blog that is gaining readership, how do you feel about all of this?
Malcolm Penn: Uncertain would best describe my current emotional state. For a person with my tastes, obscurity is the safest road. My author is a little hurt as my blog has far outpaced his in popularity.
Dara: Does the attention worry you?
Malcolm: I am amused when the experts suggest those of my persuasion have no feelings. I feel anger, frustration, excitement and even happiness. There are a few emotions I do not quite have a clear understanding of. Worry would be one of those.
Dara: What other emotions do you lack?
Malcolm: Empathy for one, seems like a rather useless emotion. Although I have researched them, conscience and soul are very difficult concepts for me to grasp. I know I am guilty of acts that blatantly go against the laws of the land, yet, how is guilt an emotion?
Dara: Do you ever fear getting caught?
Malcolm: That is between me and my author. He played with the idea of posting my picture on his website and after we had a short meeting he reconsidered.
Dara: How long do you think you will continue your blog?
Malcolm: I do not really have a specific plan. As long as interested parties continue to keep my popularity ahead of my author’s. I enjoy his suffering, but then I do cherish others’ pain.
Dara: Do you have any regrets?
Malcolm: I believe my actions in the past have led me to where I am now. My present state is quite acceptable to me.
Dara: Speaking of the past, was there something that made you the way you are?
Malcolm: Dara, everyone is a product of their past experiences. Whether they happened in childhood or later on in life, a trauma alters us.
Dara: I understand that Malcolm, but we have all heard the awful things that serial killers experienced when they were children. Surely you had some similar tragedy when you were young.
Malcolm: That time of my life is not something I feel the need to share with others.
Dara: Come on Malcolm. Your readers want to know, your fans want to know.
Malcolm: Dara I know where you live. Perhaps I should take a trip to sunny California, I always have enjoyed the Pacific Ocean!
Dara: Thank you Malcolm for your thoughts today. For those of you who like Malcolm’s character read A Shadow Over Vegas, available in paperback on Amazon and to download in most formats at Smashwords. You can also find his blog at www.chkelly.com under Mal’s blog.
Malcolm: You are welcome, Dara, it has been a pleasure.