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The Question of Mark Twitchell …

MELBOURNE — One of the best questions from the audience at my Melbourne talk on The Devil’s Cinema and the “Dexter Killer” case involved my direct contact with Mark Twitchell.

“How did your interaction with him change the scope of your book, and how would the book have been different without his participation?” one reader asked.

I think this question strikes at the very core of what I was hoping to achieve: a narrative that peered deep into the minds of everyone involved.

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Notes on the Devil’s tour

MELBOURNE — The initial tour for The Devil’s Cinema has reached its end with my return to Australia, leaving my book on the Mark Twitchell “Dexter Killer” case in the hands of the first wave of North American readers.

These past few weeks have been a fascinating and jolting experience.

A manuscript grows out of relative secrecy and then seemingly overnight these same words are suddenly appearing in hardcover, stacked on bookstore shelves, boxed up for shipping to people’s homes, and transmitted straight into portable e-readers: Kindle, Nook, and so on.

Authors are then subjected to great extremes while on tour: 4am wake-up calls, back-to-back interviews, then long pauses of nothingness that can quickly plunge into another round of public events and encounters with little to no warning.

But it’s been an absolute pleasure meeting many readers and stumbling into old friends as I walked these well-worn trails of book authors and their publicists.

Sincere thanks must go to a few keen and early readers who have spotted a couple of typos in the first edition, which have now been noted and corrected for all subsequent printings.

Many readers have also been messaging me with further questions.

I’ve answered some of them in a Q and A for Book Lounge, and another for Open Book Toronto. But please feel free to contact me with a question and I’ll try to post responses to the most common questions in future postings.

Until then, here some of the highlights from the tour:

Edmonton, Alberta

I arrived to a fresh snowfall blanketing the city, and this proved to be the best welcome home present I could ask for.

Canadians often complain about the bitter winters, but there is something quite refreshing about seeing snow once again for those of us returning after an extended absence (of course, this novelty quickly vanishes and the reality sets in, especially since it was early spring and the snow should have been long gone).

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CBS 48 Hours Mystery: Screenplay for Murder

EDMONTON — The Mark Twitchell “Dexter killer” story will get another treatment on American TV this weekend with CBS 48 Hours Mystery expected to broadcast its “Screenplay for Murder” episode.

A producer for the true crime documentary series sat in on the murder trial but waited until now to finally air the show’s take on the filmmaker convicted of luring and murdering a stranger, Johnny Altinger, in a plot that replicated parts of the Dexter TV series.

Here’s a preview:

The CBS 48 Hours Mystery episode is expected to run on Saturday, February 11 at 10pm (ET/PT).

Dateline NBC has previously run a two-hour special on Mark Twitchell — titled “Deadly House of Cards” — while ABC 20/20 and CBC’s the fifth estate (“Murder, He Wrote”) have also covered the case extensively.

My non-fiction book on the case, The Devil’s Cinema, will be released across North America on March 27.

Pre-orders are available at the following online retailers:




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