What’s An Everyday Psychopath?

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That’s the question I asked myself before I published my new short story collection by the same name, Everyday Psychopaths. There’s something fascinating about people going crazy and doing unpredictable things. Crazy people are all around us and there’s at least a little bit of crazy in all of us.

Being crazy or a psychopath are of course loose terms that are hard to define. People tend to throw them around without any medical examinations to back them up. But if you google/wiki the word the following definition comes up:

Psychopathy is a personality or mental disorder characterized partly by antisocial behavior, a diminished capacity for remorse, and poor behavioral controls. As a diagnostic category in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, psychopathy has been replaced by antisocial personality disorder (ASPD).

Surely, most people don’t see it exactly like that when they hear the word “psychopath”, but the “diminished capacity for remorse” is pretty much spot on.

In Everyday Psychopaths you find three stories, all with some level of psychopath in them. They’re full of dark humor and best described with the line:

[symple_highlight color=”yellow”]Everyday Psychopaths is a collection of short stories that will both frighten you and make you laugh out loud. Warning: reading these three stories can make you sound like a crazy person. Kind of like an Everyday Psychopath…[/symple_highlight]

Everyday Psychopaths-lowThe stories in Everyday Psychopaths:

A Killer Date

This is a horror story written with portion of humor. Inspired by Stephen King. Here you find the most obvious use of an Everyday Psychopath.

30 minutes into the date, Sheila thinks there’s magic in the air between her and Terry. She can hardly believe her luck to have met a man who seems to have everything. She wants to pinch her arm and ask herself if it’s too good to be true, but if she did the answer would be: Yes, it is too good to be true, because the truth is actually horrifying…

Quotes from A Killer Date:

Terry loved relaxed candlelight dinners and red wine. It was a nice contrast from work and killing people.

“You are so beautiful, I could eat you,” he said.
And it was true. Her smile was as intoxicating as the wine.
And he could eat her.

“You have really nice teeth,” Terry said and thought they could be excellent for his collection of exquisite human body parts.

 The Development Talk

In the Development Talk you find Jasper who’s up for his yearly development talk. Jasper hates meetings and he hates them even more now that his new manager is Stephen – a classic everyday psychopath.

Quotes from The Development Talk:

“He was a strange mix of Heinrich Himmler and Barney the Dinosaur.”

“A perfectionist,” Stephen repeated. On his lips the word seemed to taste of excrement.

He gave Jasper a look of…yes what was that look? Amusement, malice or constipation?

 The Worst/Best Day of My Life

Joe hasn’t had the best time lately. His life seems to be going steadily downwards – at least if you asked him. When his hated colleague Mary Pedersen (everyday psychopath!) steals the promotion he thought he was going to get, things get even worse. And sometimes things has to get a lot worse before they get better.

Quotes from The Worst/Best Day of My Life:

I guess all my afternoon beers and burgers were catching up with me, which made me want to scream THEN WHY NOT MY HAIR!? 

No matter how many tapes of whale sounds I listened to, I made Hitler look like a Woodstock survivor.

That casserole tasted like mashed-up sewage rat and I knew I couldn’t force that down one more time, even if it was chased by a pint of beer.

And to top the collection off I’ve included generous samples of The Wake-Up Call and Hollywood Ass. where both womanizing, workaholic, narcissist Jack Reynolds and Hollywood A-list actress B possess excellent everyday psychopath qualities.

I hope you like my little tribute to everyday psychopaths. May we never become like them.

EVERYDAY PSYCHOPATHS

A collection of short stories that will both frighten you and make you laugh out loud. Warning: reading these three stories can make you sound like a crazy person. Kind of like an Everyday Psychopath…

BUY EVERYDAY PSYCHOPATHS HERE

In Everyday Psychopaths you find three stories, all three of them containing an everyday psychopath of some kind. The first one is close to a horror story with a dose of dark humor, the short second one is more literary but scary in its own right, and the third one is all dark comedy. Included in this collection is also two samples of my novels, The Wake-Up Call and Hollywood Ass. I hope you like them enough to consider checking them out in full.

The Stories in Everyday Psychopaths

A Killer Date
30 minutes into the date, Sheila thinks there’s magic in the air between her and Terry. She can hardly believe her luck to have met a man who seems to have everything. She wants to pinch her arm and ask herself if it’s too good to be true, but if she did the answer would be: Yes, it is too good to be true, because the truth is actually horrifying…

The Development Talk
Jasper is in for his yearly development talk and he’s feeling very uncomfortable about it. He usually doesn’t like meetings and his manager, Stephen, is kind of creepy. Little does he know how creepy…

The Worst/Best Day of My Life
Sometimes one day is enough. One day can change your life from heaven to hell. Or vice versa. This is what happened to Joe in the craziest 24 hours of his life…

The Wake-Up Call (sample)
On the surface he has it all: the women, the career, and the Central Park view penthouse, but behind his well-groomed and chiseled facade he has nothing. At least this is what he’s about to realize. Find out how Jack gets his life-changing wake-up call in this fast-paced, heartfelt and funny novel about soul-searching, friendship, and love.

Hollywood Ass. (sample)
A Hollywood superstar suffers a mental collapse, her marriage is falling apart, her career is on the ropes and the only one keeping it all together is her loyal assistant and friend, Darryl. Problem is, he’s kind of in love with her. Soon he finds himself drawn into a story that is much like the movies his employer stars in. But in real life the answers aren’t in the script…

BUY EVERYDAY PSYCHOPATHS HERE

Looking for book reviewers

(Yes, it’s an adorable kitten reading a book. All to get your attention.)

How do you market a book without reviews or testimonials? The answer is you don’t. Book reviews sell books, there’s no question about it. And for indie authors reviews are an even more important tool, because some e-book marketing sites won’t even accept an ad if the book has less than 4.0 stars out of 5 in average (I find this rule very strange), so without reviews or with a poor review average you will have little chance to get your writing out to a wider audience.

This is why I’m asking for your help. I’m looking for book reviewers for my stories, most importantly Hollywood Ass. which was recently published on Amazon Kindle.

So, I will offer you free copies of my books, either Hollywood Ass. or The Wake-Up Call in return for a review on your blog or Amazon site of your choice.

If you’re interested in reviewing either of the books (or my free short stories A Killer Date or The Development Talk) please write a comment on this post or send me an e-mail to jonaswrites_at_gmail.com (“_at_” equals @).

I have a selected number of print copies that I will send to you who can motivate why you should get a print copy instead of a file or a download link. I’ll even sign them 🙂

Hollywood Ass. print version: Print UKPrint US.

Links for Hollywood Ass kindle version: USUKDEFRESITJPCABR.

A personal update

It was a long time since I posted on the blog so I thought, what the hell…

As you all know by now, Hollywood Ass. is out. So far it’s just a soft-launch, meaning I haven’t really done any marketing around the book. We will see what happens once I do, I’m curious about this book and not really sure what to think of it myself to be honest.

Besides Hollywood Ass. promotions, I’m working on a couple of short stories in parallell to have a collection out in a few weeks. Writing short stories is challenging but interesting and the main focus now is finding a red thread through the collection so it makes sense. If you want to read a sample of my short story writing, check out A Killer Date or The Development Talk.

This weekend is being spent relaxing because my work has been murder lately. I’ve been working on two projects concerning our major brands simultaneously and although it’s been going reasonably well, I’m reaching the end of my energy reserves. Luckily, Easter gives us a three-day weekend to get some of that strength back.

Yesterday we went to President’s Kitchen Garden with Bea and Nevada. It was a nice spring day and we all got some well-needed rest. Afterwards Aiden and I headed for the park to play some football and in the evening Lenah and I went to the always excellent restaurant Meat and Co.

A nice, full day. Today we’re going to Valletta and then we’re painting eggs in the Jonsson Easter tradition.

Maybe I will write a few lines too.

Keep well and prioritise life.

/JE

Short story: A Killer Date

New short story out. This time it’s a thriller (or horror if you like). The story is about a romantic date gone bad.

Description for A Killer Date

30 minutes into the date, Sheila thinks there’s magic in the air between her and Terry. He’s the man she’s been waiting for. She can hardly believe her luck to have met a man who seems to have everything. She wants to pinch her arm and ask herself if it’s too good to be true, but if she did the answer would be: Yes, it is too good to be true, because the truth is actually horrifying…

Read, enjoy and share. A Killer Date

Happy reading! Cheers / J.