Journal of a Budding Psychopath
by Lee Allen Howard
Genre: Dark Psychological Thriller, Horror
Russell Pisarek is twenty-six years old and still wets the bed. He grew up different from other young men because his vicious mother punished him for wetting by shaving his head. When he confided this to his girlfriend Tina, she betrayed him, advertising his problem to all their high school classmates, who turned on him mercilessly. He took out his frustration by skinning neighborhood cats.
Now Russell fantasizes about finding just the right woman-so he can shave her bald. He struggles to overcome his dark tendencies, but when his sister discovers he's wetting again, she puts him in dire straits.
During this time of stress, the mythical Piss Fairy appears in his dreams, and Russell is driven to satisfy his twisted desires with an innocent coworker, who also needs a new roommate.
When Russell's plans go awry, the Piss Fairy commissions him for a much darker task that graduates him from shaving to scalping-and worse.
This novel depicts intense violence, hardcore horror, and disturbing psychological terror in the vein of such works as Jack Ketchum's The Girl Next Door, Cormac McCarthy's Child of God, Joyce Carol Oates' Zombie, J. N. Williamson's The Book of Webster's, and Jim Thompson's The Killer Inside Me.
Although The Bedwetter is a fascinating in-depth character study into the mind and actions of a misogynistic and homophobic psychopath, the story events are vicious and brutal, the language coarse, and the approach to their reporting is cold and unflinching. Some scenes depict animal cruelty, which is germane to the behavior of a developing serial killer.
This book is not for the faint of heart or those easily offended by language, sex, or violence. Read at your own risk.
"Lee Allen Howard delivers a fantastic, disturbing read, with enough dark humor to lighten the load and make the journey a wild, blood-soaked joyride." -Hamelin Bird, author of Double Vision
"Lee Allen Howard's prose crackles with an energy that is rare and refreshing in the genre. Highly recommended for fans of truly dark fiction." -BestThrillers.com
Although born and raised the son of a preacher, Lee Allen Howard knew since second grade he wanted to be a horror writer. He loved all things creepy and was terrorized by a recurring nightmare in which Dracula, the Wolfman, and the Mummy chased him all around the house. This led to telling stories on the dark side of reality.
Since then, he’s written five novels—The Sixth Seed, Death Perception, The Adamson Family, The Bedwetter: Journal of a Budding Psychopath, Dead Cemetery—and a collection of early short stories, Perpetual Nightmares. His dark fiction spans the genres of horror, LGBTQ horror, dark mystery, supernatural crime, and psychological thrillers.
Howard earned his bachelor’s in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. He’s been a professional writer in the software industry since 1985 and also edits fiction.
Howard is the founder and editor at Dark Cloud Press, which has published the horror and dark crime anthologies Thou Shalt Not... and Tales of Blood and Squalor. He resides in western New York with a lot of books.