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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse.com (November 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440175187
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440175183
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,591,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The most horrible monsters are the ones who didn't start off as such.  "Duncan's Diary" is a fascinating read of the descent into madness of a serial killer.
--The Midwest Book Review

"DUNCAN'S DIARY is a well written, decent first novel that has a bit of a "shock" ending. Serial killer completists might want to check this out."  Nick Cato --The Horror Fiction Review

"Just as Alex, the Glenn Close character in Fatal Attraction, managed to put the fear of cheating in men, Duncan's Diary gives me pause about dating. The novel is an impressive work on a number of levels." Carol Hoenig --The Huffington Post --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

Again, I heard "Dude, buddy, are you okay?  Wake up."  The shaking of my arm was involuntary as if somebody were grabbing me.  My eyes felt weary as I pried them open with all my strength.  I hazily saw the boy sitting next to me.  His girlfriend stared over his shoulder.  There was a flight attendant in the aisle, and I heard the guy in the seat opposite of me whisper to the lady next to him, "That guy is screwed up."  My mind slowly grasped that I was still sitting in my chair, soaking wet with sweat, and the guy next to me was asking me again if I was okay.  "I was dreaming."  I heard myself mumble, and I shakily got up and went to the restroom.  I splashed water on my faced repeatedly, trying to bring the color back to my skin and slowly come back to reality.  It had seemed so real.  I couldn't believe it was simply a dream.  The feeling of ultimate bliss clung to me like a tattoo.  I realized I couldn't continue living without experiencing something like this for real.

My life was soon to begin.  I felt alive and nauseous at the same time as I violently threw up in the silver toilet expunging my just eaten meal.  The felling of sickness swirling with the vibrant awareness was an odd mixture and difficult for me to balance.  I slowly made my way back to my seat, as people stared at me from their wavering positions.  Leaning back in my chair, I relaxed again, allowing my breathing to return, and noticing that the couple next to me kept their distance. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Christopher C. Payne was born in January 1967 and grew up in DeSoto, IL. He received his bachelor's degree in finance from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, graduating in 1990. Currently, he lives in San Francisco, CA. In his spare time, he enjoys biking and snowboarding with his three daughters and his fiancée.

Payne recently embarked on a literary career with his first novel Duncan's Diary: Birth of a Serial Killer. In his second book, Learning to Cry, Payne detoured from horror and delved into the complicated ties, deep love and ferocious pain between fathers and daughters. Not wanting to be labeled under a specific genre, Payne has completed his third novel, The Gargoyle Prophecies: Part I, The Savior Rises.

Payne published all three books through the small press publishing company JournalStone he owns and founded. Look for an anthology of horrors to be published in late October. JournalStone is also in the process of signing a select group of authors and should publish additional works before the end of 2010.

Customer Reviews

After reading through this book, I found myself on edge for days.
B. P. Joyce
Christopher's style of writing ensures a smooth flow to the story and constant have-to-turn-the-page reading because you just HAVE to know what is happening.
Kymm St
The character of Sudhir was very realistic and I had a lot of connections to him as well.
Bradley A. Case

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kymm St on May 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
On first seeing this book I was rather pessimistic that it was just yet another 'story of a serial killer. I took a look at the `look inside' feature on here and was hooked.......retaining a little bit of pessimism just in case!

Christopher's style of writing ensures a smooth flow to the story and constant have-to-turn-the-page reading because you just HAVE to know what is happening.

It is told in the first person - which can be difficult to do. He has made it look so easy - where other authors have tried and ended up losing the thread and flow of the story they are telling. You could almost believe that he is writing about himself as it flows so seamlessly.

Duncan Moron is a very believable character....which is more than scary in it's own way... but that is also one of the main factors of this book that makes it such a good read. We see him going through the planning stages - the thoughts going through his mind at every step and you can connect with him! Even though he is psychotic - you care about what is happening to him...and the more psychotic his thoughts - the quicker you turn the pages because the writing is done in such a way that you actually feel your adrenalin pacing with the story....slow down to catch a breath and then back to pacing with the story again.

There are some very graphic scenes in this book which are necessary for the flow and continuation of the story. They are done in such a way that although very gruesome - and easy to visualise - your heart is pumping in such a way because the adrenalin is back and rising and you are left with a `wow - that was some scary stuff' and `oh hell yeah' feeling!

It is very easy to see this book as a movie!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Whitney LJ Howell on March 15, 2010
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Other than the stray Stephen King novel, I've never been one to read "horror" books. I'm so glad I broke my mold for Duncan's Diary. More so than any other book I've read -- including The Shining -- Duncan's Diary is psychologically chilling. It's clear that the main character is a cold-blooded, calculating, yet careless, murderer, but you find yourself forgetting his psychosis every time he talks about work or his daughters. You end up questioning your own sensibilities when you remember what he's done.

The emotion in the narrative is palpable -- you know the characters' feelings. You've felt them before, so you find yourself easily drawn into the story and incapable of putting the book down. The violence described will likely offend your moral code, but it isn't grotesque to the point of being over-indulgent. If you allow yourself a moment to absorb what Duncan is actually doing you will be horrified.

The plot is straight-forward but is anything but transparent. The author weaves hints throughout the book, but the conclusion is surprising, even to the most discerning reader. In this first novel, the author presents us with the disturbing reality that a serial killer could be anyone that we know, and we'd never suspect it. But, perhaps, most frighteningly, he lays out how quickly any of us, given the right (or wrong) emotional circumstances, could find ourselves going over the edge.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The most horrible monsters are the ones who didn't start off as such. "Duncan's Diary: Birth of a Serial Killer" tells the story of Duncan, a man facing a mid life crisis. Finding that his only joy lies in cruelty to others, he's split between his own sadistic pleasure and the morality that tells him it's wrong to do what he does. On a collision course with his police best friend, "Duncan's Diary" is a fascinating read of the descent into madness of a serial killer.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Sullivan on November 24, 2009
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This is one of the creepiest books I have read in a very long time. If you enjoy dark literature this is a must read. The plot is well thought out and the characters are striking. The storyline is easy to follow and the suspense is a full throttle ride through a very twisted soul's journey to his ultimate prize, murder. This book is not for the faint of heart. The way Duncan functions in the real world and the sadistic way he navigates his alter ego through his horrific events is really amazing. Great read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 12, 2011
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The story was pretty good. But the glaring writing issues distracted me so much i could not read much at a sitting. In some places words are spelled correctly but it is a word that is misused and makes no sense. Often sentence structure is horrendous. And there are several cases of inconsistencies. Also the writer is obviously too young to even know some facts he needed for the book. It seems like the book was not edited at all , but perhaps just ran through spellchecker. The story idea is decent. I might read a follow up or not. But i am really shocked that this was published in the poorly written fashion that is was. If you have an editor , Mr. Payne, you need to fire them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jewelz on March 22, 2011
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I'm not going to spend time reviewing the basic premise of the book. You can read other reviews for that. However, I was appalled at how poorly written it is. Grammatical errors abound...I'm not sure how it got past the editing process. Even if it's supposed to be written as a 'diary', it doesn't come across that way at all...and the poor sentence structure is hard to get around at times. In addition to underdeveloped writing skills, the author comes across as rather 'immature' in that his descriptions of Duncan's victims always seem to be along the lines of "She was 5'3", about 110 pounds, with light brown hair that was slightly curly, but not kinky, yada, yada, yada..." It sounded like something a 7th grader would write in his/her first venture in writing a descriptive narrative.
If you can get past all of that...the story behind Duncan's demise into becoming a serial killer is fairly interesting, but I've read MUCH better books of this genre.
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