Killer Looks Update

My book on American Psycho, titled ‘Killer Looks‘, was announced a while ago. I’ve done quite a considerable chunk of work on it and I said that Part One would be released back in August. It’s now mid-September. I’ve found schoolwork and other pressures have now thrown a spanner in the works and I’ve decided to split Killer Looks into five parts now. This is to give time for myself to do all of my exams along with working on other projects such as Trimalchio and the upcoming NaNoWriMo 2012. The new structure of release is as follows:

September 28th Part One: Psychosis (40 pages)

October 31st Part Two: Politics (25 pages)

Mid-February Part Three: Theology (25 pages)

Mid-March Part Four: Social Issues (40 pages)

April Part Five: The World of Easton Ellis? (20 pages)

Each part will not release with a cover, but they will release with ePub/Kindle editions though. It’ll be around 150 – 160 pages in total which should be fun. This really wasn’t that tough of a decision to make given over the next few weeks you’ll see some dramatic changes here on Blogossus.

Killer Looks – Part One Preview

Link to it here.

The ‘psychosis’ that will be the topic of this chapter is not exclusively about Bateman then. If anything the entire film is soaked in a lack of emotion and in fact laughs in its face. Bateman tries to feed a stray cat into an ATM machine, shoots an old lady, scoffs at the thought of raising children and talks about relationships involving ‘compassion and commitment’ … with prostitutes. If the protagonist of this film exhibits the symptoms of psychosis then what is there to care about? He is so out of touch with his human capabilities that the entire point of filmmaking, to create a connection with the audience, is rendered completely nullified. If Psycho was intended for a root social parody of cinema itself then it fails to achieve anything beyond shock and awe entertainment and in fact ruins its own artistic messages while doing so. Except, Psycho wasn’t really intended as ‘anything’, Harron herself says that Psycho is “not a ‘message’ movie–we’re not preaching–but I hope that the film does reveal something about our society” [2].


You’ll notice that Part One of Killer Looks, my book on American Psycho, hasn’t released today. You’ll also notice that I haven’t written anything in a while. You’ll also notice I’ve been pretty dead. You’ll also notice that I… well you won’t notice that actually.

Things are changing around Blogossus. I’ve been talking to certain people about certain opportunities and a few of them seem too juicy to pass up. I am not leaving Blogossus behind but rather Blogossus, in the next week, will ‘reboot’. Expect a new theme, a category cleanup, a revamp of the graphics along with two new weekly posts: ‘This Week In Hardisty’ and ‘The Week Ahead’. Both of those things can only mean one thing really, that I am writing for a new place very soon. Maybe places. Nothing’s concrete yet.

This also means that I’m moving away from posting stuff directly on to Blogossus itself. In fact I have a confession to make. I shall not be doing anymore ‘structured’ video-game journalism on Blogossus from today. There will be some bits, some thoughts and notes on upcoming releases or whatever issue passes into the gutters of my writing but otherwise consider that Blogossus, as a video-game blog, is now gone. This doesn’t mark the end of my video-game journalism career, I may well be writing for a site about video-games and my Up, Down, Left, Right series will still be releasing until August 2013. That’s when I expect to quit video-game journalism for good. Perhaps forever. I’m not sure if there’s anything left for me to say about interactive entertainment

Blogossus will also be returning with a rather substantial change to this place, probably the biggest effort to ‘professionalize’ this place. It’ll be fun!

I can’t apologize enough for the Killer Looks delay. I’ve been into London, spent a week in Durham, passed my Driving Theory test, spent a week at Leeds University and even managed to get soaked up in some other work. Good for being busy I guess, not good for you. Killer Looks – Part One will be releasing at some point in the next month or so, maybe even on my Birthday just to spite myself.

I’ve been a bit insecure about other parts of my writing. Perhaps for good reason. I’ve never been a killer kind of writer, not the kind that makes you rethink or reassess or even agree with the vast majority of my work. I’ve decided I’m more of a ‘Unicorn’ writer, named after Blade Runner, I’m a writer of ambiguity and my work isn’t engineered to make you rethink but to just ‘think’. What I haven’t decided is what kind of fiction writer I am and I believe that’s not entirely up to me. I’ll be releasing some works of fiction over the next few months to see what goes down. I’ve abandoned my NaNoWriMo 2011 Novel ‘In Memoriam‘, removed it entirely from the Books page, and instead focused on releasing a short novella I’ve been working on. It’s called Trimalchio and I’ve decided to borrow a distribution novel pioneered by a few internet folks and release it chapter-by-chapter over the next few weeks. There may be breaks inbetween as I release poetry compilations, short stories or whatever but expect ‘Fiction Fridays’ to become a staple of Blogossus from now.

That’s all I think. Terribly sorry again. I’ll get back to writing regularly now.

Next week: My film essay series on the Alien anthology to restart with AliensTrimalchio – Chapter One, a preview of Killer Looks. I’ll post a ‘The Week Ahead’ post on Monday.