On a Delta flight from Richmond to Atlanta, I beckon the stewardess for a Coke. Not that I'm thirsty...but my stomach just got a bit queasy. Not air sickness....but the first killings in "Bloody Legends." As our novel begins, a brutal serial killer (...this term is such an understatement) sets off on what will end up being a most gory voyage. After a few sips, I realized that I was hooked (excuse the pun). What follows is a horrific tale in which we follow the thoughts and deeds of a monster...and also the over matched detectives who try to end the carnage. A brief plot description, avoiding spoilers, has a brilliant (...but evil) young man bent on recreating those campfire legends in a suburban community. Like many serial killers, he looks for opportunity, does a ton of preparation, kills, and finally basks in the aftermath. The joy and euphoria of each killing works as a narcotic on our fiend, and each subsequent killing must be more ominous.
After spending 25 years as an FBI agent, and viewing the collections, diaries, and artwork of some of the most heinous serial killers in history, I can safely say that Ms. Merchak indeed presents us a realistic glimpse into the mind of a monster. This story will jolt you, and scare you beyond the inevitable nightmares. Like many a serial killer, Ms. Merchak's creation is someone who could very easily be our neighbor or colleague. Available on Amazon.com "Bloody Legends" is required reading for horror aficionados who desire to go to the next level of terror.