Ten little girls sat at their computers
Wondering who they’d find on line
One entered a chat room with a killer
And then there were nine. . .
On the eve of the new millennium, thousands of people logged on to the Internet for the first time every day. Some were looking for love. Some were looking for victims.
In The Killer Net, courageous police department secretary, Jennifer Warren, matches wits against a genius who lures women in under the pretense of looking for a relationship. He boldly taunts the police with e-mail poems about their murders sent from the crime scenes. The cops continue to arrive only to discover another dead body and no way to find a killer who has disappeared without a trace.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
It was a combination of two things. First, I love horror moves such as Halloween and Scream. I wanted to bring the same excitement people get when watching those kinds of movies to the reading experience. Second, I had been out of college for a few years when the Internet revolution hit. I used to talk to people online all the time. I always wondered what if the person on the other end of the connection was not who he or she seemed. Some of the people in online chat rooms were obviously a little crazy so, of course, anyone would know to avoid them. What about the ones that seemed perfectly normal? Now they were the ones you really had to worry about!
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
In this type of story, there has to be a motivated killer. I imagined what would cause someone to become a serial killer.
As for the victims, I really wanted them to reflect real people just innocently using the Internet trying to find love and instead finding themselves on the business end of a sharp butcher knife!
For the police department characters, I imagined different people in the department all motivated by trying to do their normal jobs under the stress of this extraordinary situation of a serial killer terrorizing the city and taunting the police.
“Did you like that?” he whispered into her ear as he gently stroked her hair.
“Oh, yes,” she admitted in a tiny voice, afraid that a louder one would somehow break the magical mood.
“I have something I think you’ll like even more. May I go into your kitchen?”
“Of course,” she told him, intrigued by what he thought could possibly top a perfect lovemaking session on a first date.
He pulled his pants up as he headed for the kitchen. She sat up on the couch and watched his muscular back as he disappeared through the swinging door on the other side of the room.
Nikki readjusted her skirt. She re-hooked her lacy bra, but left her blouse open. I’ll give him something to get excited about for round two, she thought.
He walked through the swinging doors again. At the sight of her inviting chest, he was plenty excited to go another round with her. The difference was, he thought, this time she wouldn’t live to comment upon it.
He stood with his hands behind his back. “Close your eyes. I have a surprise for you,” he said seductively.
Nikki hated surprises, but she didn’t want to disappoint him. She shut her eyelids. She heard him walking across the room. Screw it, she thought. He’ll find out I don’t like surprises eventually. Might as well set the precedent now. Nikki opened one eye enough to peek. She planned on being really obvious about it and making a joke out of it. She never got the chance.
From her angle sitting on the couch, Nikki could see the pleasant smile on his face as well as the fact that he still had his hands behind his back. Luckily, she caught a glimpse of his hands reflected in the mirror on the side wall. His hands gripped one of her butcher knives!
Matthew W. Grant is the author of several screenplays and novels in various genres including the Slaters Falls series and the Northbridge series.
Publishers Weekly declared Matthew’s novel, Secrets Of Slaters Falls, “Tragicomic deliciousness!” noting that the “Bawdy, snappy humor catches spark right away.” PW also noted the novel’s balance between “Class-conscious dirty realism and the prurience of nighttime soap operas.”
Secrets Of Slaters Falls achieved semifinalist status in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. Matthew’s screenplay adaptation of his novel, Zach’s Secret, was a finalist in a contest sponsored by Script Magazine.
Matthew graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Education and Mass Communications earned after his thesis, Sex On Soap Operas, raised eyebrows and pulse rates on campus. His material has appeared on numerous websites and in two newspapers.
Like most writers, prior to writing full time, Matthew paid his dues in diverse corporate positions. He worked as a producer at an AM talk radio station where he interacted with local media celebrities and politicians.
His career progressed to Corporate Training and Corporate Purchasing. He worked for many years at an international Boston based bank in which his media skills were utilized in many ways including creating training manuals, writing/producing/directing/performing in corporate videos, and writing corporate-wide communications.
Later, as an Independent Purchasing Consultant, Matthew consulted for a company that was named to the Inc. 500 list of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies twice during his time working with them.
As a resident of New England and a fan of its spectacular fall foliage, Matthew sets many of his works in small New England towns. While they may look picture-perfect on the surface, you can be sure they are teeming with secrets underneath.
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