The term “Aficionado” typically gets used when referring to someone who’s passionate about sports, or spy novels or cooking. You know, normal interests, but when you slap the phrase “Serial Killer” in front of it, suddenly you sound like a loon.
Truth be told I’ve had a fascination with serial killers for a long time. You could blame it on being exposed to shows like Rescue 911 or Unsolved Mysteries (a show with a score so terrifying they could have been talking about fluffy bunny rabbits and you’d still be cringing.) or America’s Most Wanted as a child, but whatever the reason, I’ve found myself drawn to the histories of notorious men and women who have taken that short step across the line of sanity and butchered their fellow man.
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, I not only had the looming Alcatraz to remind me that dangerous people had been in my proximity at one time, but the most elusive and, in my opinion, most fascinating of all modern serial killers called this area his stalking ground.
I’m of course referring to The Zodiac Killer. Robert Graysmith wrote the fantastic book Zodiac and Zodiac Unmasked which was later adapted into the film of the same name by David Fincher in 2007.
Fincher’s film is a fantastic dramatization of the actual events, but as a creative writer myself, the Zodiac has always tugged at my imagination, and a new film seeks to tackle the Zodiac from a new angle.
Brandon Slagle and Devanny Pinn (The Black Dahlia Haunting) have created an Indiegogo campaign to help fund their new film, The Zodiac Legacy.
Details are scare at the moment, but here’s a bit from the Indiegogo page:
NOTHING is safe in this story – not the commuter jet you take for those short business trips, not your quaint, affordable neighborhood, NOTHING as a killer emerges who believes that the letters the original Zodiac Killer wrote contain hidden messages instructing him to “remove” various individuals from this plane of existence.
Black Dahlia Haunting is already receiving rave reviews from the festivals it’s played at, and I have no doubt that The Zodiac Legacy will live up to its promises.
If you can, help donate some money to the campaign and keep your eyes (and ears) here on the blog as I will be posting new info as I get it.