The Bedwetter: Journal of a Budding Psychopath by Lee Allen Howard.
After years of abuse, Russell is faced with a decision: do better, become a better man, or embrace his budding psychopathy and enjoy the ride.
The plot of The Bedwetter: Journal of a Budding Psychopath is pretty straight forward; the title says it all and doesn’t leave much to the imagination. We follow Russell, our budding psychopath, through his day-to-day activities by way of his journal narrative. Russell takes us through his life, the years of neglect, abandonment, and abuse; his highs and his very, very lows. The reader can almost understand how and why Russell behaves the way he does; not accept but understand. We see what he loves (his nephew Aiden) and what he hates (pretty much everything else). Russell is batting 2-out-of-3 on the Macdonald’s Triad (bed-wetting and animal abuse) so we can figure bad things are in store for Russell, or maybe more accurately, the other people in Russell’s life. We see him struggle with his past transgressions (…”regret some of the shit I done, and I want to improve.”) and how it wars with his current, progressing decent into his psychopathy.
The author, Lee Allen Howard, did an excellent job in depicting this. He took us inside Russell’s head and let us play there, seeing things as Russell saw them, feel the raw emotion Russell experienced. We witness Russell’s behavior switch seamlessly from an awkward twenty-something trying to get a date into a murderous rage-monster; how he can go from doing normal, loving tasks like cooking dinner for his sister and nephew, to observing Russell and his kinks and fetishes. I think Howard allowed us to be in touch with how a legitimate psychopath may operate inside their head, which is quite terrifying. Howard leaves us with Russell planning on something horrific, but we as readers hope there’s a little humanity left inside.
Armed with electric hair trimmers and a military fighting knife, Russell accepts his dark commission.
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 kicks him out of her house.
During this time of stress, the mythical Piss Fairy appears in his dreams, and Russell is driven to satisfy his twisted desires with his innocent coworker Uma, who also needs a new roommate.
When his plans go awry, the Piss Fairy commissions him for a much darker task that graduates him from shaving to scalping—and worse.
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