Author: Richard Stevenson
Publisher: Dreaming Big Publications
Reviewed by: Michaela G
About The Book
In the early 1980’s, serial killer Clifford Olson rampaged through the lower mainland of British Columbia, raping and murdering eleven victims. His heinous cash-for-bodies deal foreshortened his trial, and resulted in the law currently on Canadian books that forbids criminals from benefiting financially from their crimes. Olson was just the pimple on the hide of a misogynist culture, as this long poem sequence attests. Sometimes a book project chooses its author, as this one did when the author recognized one of the victims from her photograph.
This is an amazing read!! Its written in prose and goes back in forth in different perspectives including the infamous Canadian serial killer Clifford Olson. When reading you will experience the mind of Clifford Olson. It had great imagery and description as well with inserting psychological facts into the book was a great touch to see real information and connect it to the heinous crimes that Olson has done. At first it was a bit confusing until realizing that the person of view was changing, however it is a very profound, heart wrenching, and cynical. Entering the mind of a serial killer is a great concept and truly enjoyable as the readers will ride along with Clifford Olson getting to know him personally and seeing what and why he did to those eleven victims.
DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for writing a review. I was not obligated to give a positive review, and all thoughts are my own.
About The Author
Richard Stevenson was born in Victoria, B.C., in 1952 and has lived in western Canada and Nigeria. A college English teacher by profession, he taught English, Canadian and African literature, Business Communication, Creative and Technical Writing, E.S.L., and humanities courses in high schools and colleges. A former Editor-in-Chief of Prism international, he served in various editorial, jury, and writing/arts group executive capacities. His own reviews and poems have appeared in hundreds of magazines, anthologies, e-zines, and journals published in Canada, the United States, and overseas. He performed with the jazz/ poetry group Naked Ear and rock music/YA verse troupe Sasquatch, and occasionally puts other ensembles together for book launches and performances and reviews books.