New “People Who Need To Die Book” Serves Up Delightful Vengeance

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Provided by Victor Rook

(Washington, D.C.) November 1, 2014 — Watch out Black Friday shoppers. And that goes for you, too, bad drivers, distracted cell phone users, spammers, Internet trolls, litterbugs, horrible bosses, and more. In People Who Need To Die, the new book by award-winning filmmaker Victor Rook, the year is 2021, and people are fed up. The World Order Alliance allows selective homicides to reestablish a more peaceful society. Rook gives us a rare glimpse into his diabolical mind with this collection of satirical horror stories.

In the first short written for the collection, entitled “Black Friday Revenge,” a father seeks retribution for his son’s death by luring unsuspecting Black Friday shoppers into an abandoned warehouse. “I was inspired by last year’s news footage of real-life mall tramplings,” says Rook. “While everyone was celebrating Christmas Day 2013, I was actually writing the most gory parts of that story.”

Successive stories target more unwanted groups. “Cell Phonies was a long time coming,” admits Rook. In it, a former prison guard, a vigilante, and an app developer each come up with creative ways to eradicate obnoxious cell phone users. “All the stories have a satirical edge to them, but some, like Internet Trolls, which deals with cyberbullying, I took very seriously. I cried writing portions of that one,” adds Rook. “People may be shocked on how I handle trolls in that piece.” Another story, “Terror Garden,” in which a sweet, elderly woman deals with mean neighbors, is set in Lake Jackson, Virginia.

Reception to the new book has been very positive. “A gentleman visiting from Florida told me I was his hero at the first book signing at McKay Used Books in Manassas.” Rook laughs. “People love the title.” Pulitzer prize-winning TV critic Tom Shales lent his name to the book’s cover and describes the stories as “Clever, funny, shocking, and cheerfully vindictive.” Patricia Petitt, owner of The Man Cave in Old Town Manassas, writes in her Amazon review of the book, “I can truly say that there are many out there who have, at one time or another, had the same diabolical thoughts about the most irritating and inconsiderate people. I love that it is futuristic and that it could really happen!”

People Who Need To Die is available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and victorrook.com. A book signing is scheduled at Prospero’s Books in Old Town Manassas on Friday, November 7, 2014, during the Fall Gallery Walk.

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