Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Armchair Book Review: The Devil's Cinema

The Devil's Cinema
The Untold Story Behind Mark Twitchell's Kill Room
Written by Steve Lillebuen

Hardcover, 352 pages
Also available as an eBook

The Devil's Cinema is a remarkable account of Edmonton's Mark Twitchell, an aspiring filmmaker who looks like the boy next door, charms friends and investors alike, and is fascinated by Showtime's Dexter.

So fascinated in fact, that he may have acted out his own Dexter-like fantasies, in a rented garage that he set up as a "Kill Room", ostensibly for his film career.

One night a 38 year old gentleman named Johnny Altinger thought he struck it lucky when a gorgeous gal on an online dating website invited him over for a weekend of fun and frolicking. The directions she gave him were kind of odd though, so he emailed a copy of them to a friend. Johnny soon went missing, his friends receiving out of character messages from him through his social networking sites, and his closest friends started up a search for him. At first dismissed by the police, they soon got their attention and a full scale search was started.

Without giving too much away, I have to say that Steve Lillebuen did a fantastic job researching and writing The Devil's Cinema. He was there at the beginning as a reporter, and then dedicated several years of his life putting this book together, with unique access to all the people involved in the story and investigation. He writes the story expertly, saving some surprises along the way so that the reader enjoys an almost novel-like experience as they read this incredible account.

People interested in true crime, mystery, and popular culture will love The Devil's Cinema.

Journalist Steve Lillebuen's website - http://www.stevelillebuen.com/

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