Book Trailer Thursday: I Am Not a Serial Killer

You’ve heard me repeatedly express frustration with the omnipresent photos/voiceover/music template. But what do I know? The trailer for Dan Wells’ I Am Not a Serial Killer (Tor) not only proves that it can be done, but makes a case that, if you have a high-concept subject, it may be the best way to bring that subject across with the force and alacrity of a brisk pistol-whipping.

“There are two monsters in my town,” the  narrator says. One is a grisly serial killer. The other, though, is the 15-year-old mortician narrator himself: “I’m doing my best not to kill anyone at all.”

In just 39 seconds, Wells sets up a Hannibal Lector/Buffalo Bill battle-of-the-psychopaths, tells us one of them is a teenager, and points to all sorts of moral quagmires to come.

Verdict: Are you freaking kidding me?!? It’s a national tragedy that this book isn’t already sitting here on my desk.



About the Author:

Dan Kraus is Booklist's Editor of Books for Youth. He is also the producer and director of numerous feature films, most notably the documentary Work Series, and the author of several YA novels, including Rotters and Scowler, both of which won the Odyssey Award. Follow him on Twitter at @DanielDKraus.

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  1. Egads. That looks fantastic. Dexter for the younger set? Can’t wait!

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