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* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler: Quentin briefly contemplates letting Squirrel go. He decides against it, instead getting into the back of the van he confesses his "love" for him. He notes however that after the beating the kid endured from the kidnapping, he is not as attractive as he once was. Squirrel's flaccid penis as well as his resistance to Quentin's touch enrages him. Quentin violently rapes Squirrel while pounding his head into the ground which kills him. Quentin is questioned by police but no evidence is ever found linking him to Squirrel and he gets off scott-free once again.]]



* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Quentin briefly contemplates letting Squirrel go. He decides against it, instead getting into the back of the van he confesses his "love" for him. He notes however that after the beating the kid endured from the kidnapping, he is not as attractive as he once was. Squirrel's flaccid penis as well as his resistance to Quentin's touch enrages him. Quentin violently rapes Squirrel while pounding his head into the ground which kills him. Quentin is questioned by police but no evidence is ever found linking him to Squirrel and he gets off scott-free once again.]]
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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: {{Ephebophile}}
* EyesAlwaysAverted:
Quentin briefly contemplates letting Squirrel go. He decides against it, instead getting into the back of the van hates eye contact. In social situations, it makes him uncomfortable. During sex he confesses cannot maintain an erection if his "love" for him. He notes however that after the beating the kid endured from the kidnapping, he is not as attractive as he once was. Squirrel's flaccid penis as well as his resistance to Quentin's touch enrages him. Quentin violently rapes Squirrel while pounding his head into the ground which kills him. Quentin is questioned by police but no evidence is ever found linking him to Squirrel and he gets off scott-free once again.]]
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partner makes eye contact with him.


* AntiHero: Quentin, big time.


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* VillainProtagonist: Quentin, big time.

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** It's implied that the souvenir taken from BIGGUY is in fact [[spoiler: his penis.]]


* ChekhovsGun: Quentin's question about vocal chords. Also, his dream about baby chicks.



* ChekovsGun: Quentin's question about vocal cords. Also, his dream about baby chicks.



* EyesAlwaysAverted: Quentin hates eye contact. In social situations, it makes him uncomfortable. During sex he cannot maintain an erection if his partner makes eye contact with him.


* CreepySouvenir: Quentin keeps items of his victims. Clothing, or other personal items that may have made them stand out to them. [[spoiler: Notably, the elastic from Squirrel's hair since he had found the little ponytail he wore in the back cute.]]

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* CreepySouvenir: Quentin keeps items of his victims. Clothing, or other personal items that may have made them stand out to them.him. [[spoiler: Notably, the elastic from Squirrel's hair since he had found the little ponytail he wore in the back cute.]]


* GangOfBullies: When Quentin was in high school he was teased with the chant; "QUEER QUEER, QUINTIN'S QUEER".

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* GangOfBullies: When Quentin was in high school he was teased with the chant; "QUEER QUEER, QUINTIN'S QUENTIN'S QUEER".


* GayGuySeeksPopularJock: As a teenager Quentin was in love with a jock at school named Barry. He even kept one of the boys socks to masturbate with. Now as an adult he creepily he relives this with Squirrel. A teenage boy he spots in his grandma's neighbours swimming pool.

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* GayGuySeeksPopularJock: As a teenager Quentin was in love with a jock at school named Barry. He even kept one of the boys socks to masturbate with. Now as an adult he creepily he relives this with Squirrel. A teenage boy he spots in his grandma's neighbours swimming pool.


* DoppelgängerReplacementLoveInterest: When Quentin spots Squirrel through his grandma's hedges, he remarks that it is as if Barry has been returned to him.

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* DoppelgängerReplacementLoveInterest: *DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest: When Quentin spots Squirrel through his grandma's hedges, he remarks that it is as if Barry has been returned to him.


Zombie is a horror novel by Joyce Carol Oates. Inspired by some aspects of the Jeffrey Dahmer case, Zombie tells the story of Quentin P. A socially awkward, sexually depraved serial killer. His goal throughout the book is to successfully create a mindless male sex slave, or "zombie". He researches lobotomy at the library. He tries it out on a few unlucky men, but he botches it each time, killing them. He becomes determined to get it right when he spots a teenage boy he nicknames "Squirrel". He is sure he will make the perfect sex slave and spends several weeks stalking him, planning his capture and preparing his home for the boys arrival.

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Zombie is a horror novel by Joyce Carol Oates. Inspired by some aspects of the Jeffrey Dahmer case, Zombie tells the story of Quentin P. A socially awkward, sexually depraved serial killer. His goal throughout the book is to successfully create a mindless male sex slave, or "zombie". He researches After researching lobotomy at the library. He library, he tries it out on a few unlucky men, but he botches it each time, killing them. He becomes determined to get it right when he spots a teenage boy he nicknames "Squirrel". He is sure he will make the perfect sex slave and spends several weeks stalking him, planning his capture and preparing his home for the boys arrival.



* BoundAndGagged: Quentin bounds Squirrel's arms and legs, and covers his mouth with duck tape. He keeps him in the back of his van like this for several hours as he decides how to get him back to his apartment.

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* BoundAndGagged: Quentin bounds binds Squirrel's arms and legs, and covers his mouth with duck tape. He keeps him in the back of his van like this for several hours as he decides how to get him back to his apartment.


Zombie is a horror novel by Joyce Carol Oates. Inspired by some aspects of the [Jeffrey Dahmer case, Zombie tells the story of Quentin P. A socially awkward, sexually depraved serial killer. His goal throughout the book is to successfully create a mindless male sex slave, or "zombie". He researches lobotomy at the library. He tries it out on a few unlucky men, but he botches it each time, killing them. He becomes determined to get it right when he spots a teenage boy he nicknames "Squirrel". He is sure he will make the perfect sex slave and spends several weeks stalking him, planning his capture and preparing his home for the boys arrival.

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Zombie is a horror novel by Joyce Carol Oates. Inspired by some aspects of the [Jeffrey Jeffrey Dahmer case, Zombie tells the story of Quentin P. A socially awkward, sexually depraved serial killer. His goal throughout the book is to successfully create a mindless male sex slave, or "zombie". He researches lobotomy at the library. He tries it out on a few unlucky men, but he botches it each time, killing them. He becomes determined to get it right when he spots a teenage boy he nicknames "Squirrel". He is sure he will make the perfect sex slave and spends several weeks stalking him, planning his capture and preparing his home for the boys arrival.


Zombie is a horror novel by Joyce Carol Oates. Inspired by some aspects of the [[SerialKiller: Jeffrey Dahmer]] case, Zombie tells the story of Quentin P. A socially awkward, sexually depraved serial killer. His goal throughout the book is to successfully create a mindless male [[SexSlave sex slave]], or "zombie". He researches lobotomy at the library. He tries it out on a few unlucky men, but he botches it each time, killing them. He becomes determined to get it right when he spots a teenage boy he nicknames "Squirrel". He is sure he will make the perfect sex slave and spends several weeks stalking him, planning his capture and preparing his home for the boys arrival.

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Zombie is a horror novel by Joyce Carol Oates. Inspired by some aspects of the [[SerialKiller: Jeffrey Dahmer]] [Jeffrey Dahmer case, Zombie tells the story of Quentin P. A socially awkward, sexually depraved serial killer. His goal throughout the book is to successfully create a mindless male [[SexSlave sex slave]], slave, or "zombie". He researches lobotomy at the library. He tries it out on a few unlucky men, but he botches it each time, killing them. He becomes determined to get it right when he spots a teenage boy he nicknames "Squirrel". He is sure he will make the perfect sex slave and spends several weeks stalking him, planning his capture and preparing his home for the boys arrival.


**Also; "How things play out."



*ADateWithRosiePalms: Quentin masturbates a lot.



*BlindObedience: What Quentin wants in a romantic partner.



*CrazyJealousGuy: Quentin towards Squirrel. He gets extremely angry he would dare pay attention to a couple of teenage girls and not him.
*ChekovsGun: Quentin's question about vocal cords. Also, his dream about baby chicks.



*DoppelgängerReplacementLoveInterest: When Quentin spots Squirrel through his grandma's hedges, he remarks that it is as if Barry has been returned to him.
*DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Quentin briefly contemplates letting Squirrel go. He decides against it, instead getting into the back of the van he confesses his "love" for him. He notes however that after the beating the kid endured from the kidnapping, he is not as attractive as he once was. Squirrel's flaccid penis as well as his resistance to Quentin's touch enrages him. Quentin violently rapes Squirrel while pounding his head into the ground which kills him. Quentin is questioned by police but no evidence is ever found linking him to Squirrel and he gets off scott-free once again.]]



*GoToAlias: Todd Cuttler.



*HappinessInSlavery: Quentin's fantasies of Squirrel involve him living happily as a mindless, obedient slave.
*IWantGrandkids: Quentin's grandma annoys him by telling him she would die happy if she had great grandchildren. Unfortunately for her, her grandkids are an unmarried career woman and an introverted gay serial killer.
*IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Basically how Quentin's interactions with Squirrel go once he has him in his van.



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* {{Lobotomy}}: {{Lobotomy}}
*LustObject: Squirrel to Quentin.



*ThePeepingTom: Quentin spies on Squirrel from his grandma's yard when he goes swimming in his friends pool, liking the way the boy "teases" him.



*PurityPersonified: How Quentin views Squirrel (sometimes). He wants to turn this 'angel' into his 'zombie.' Though at one point he ramarks "No! He is too beautiful for Q.P. to touch!"
*RacistGrandma: Quentin's grandma hates Germans.



**"I love you, I want you, I would die for you, you are so terrific why the fuck won't you look at me? Smile at me?"



* UnconventionalFormatting: The book makes use of CAPS LOCK for certain emphasis' in Quentin's inner monologue.

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*TearsOfFear: Squirrel when kidnapped and tormented by Quentin.
* UnconventionalFormatting: The book makes use of CAPS LOCK for certain emphasis' in Quentin's inner monologue.monologue.
*WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou: Quentin promises Squirrel he won't hurt him if he doesn't fight him. However, Quentin grows angry with Squirrel for resisting his touches, being unable to get an erection and "looking ugly" with his bloody nose. In a rage he [[spoiler: rapes Squirrel, while violently banging his face against the floor of the car, killing him.]]


* CreepySouvenir: Quentin keeps items of his victims. Clothing, or other personal items that may have made them stand out to them. [[Spoiler: Notably, the elastic from Squirrel's hair since he had found the little ponytail he wore in the back cute.]]

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* CreepySouvenir: Quentin keeps items of his victims. Clothing, or other personal items that may have made them stand out to them. [[Spoiler: [[spoiler: Notably, the elastic from Squirrel's hair since he had found the little ponytail he wore in the back cute.]]


Zombie is a horror novel by Joyce Carol Oates. Inspired by some aspects of the [[SerialKiller: Jeffrey Dahmer]] case, Zombie tells the story of Quentin P. A socially awkward, sexually depraved serial killer. His goal throughout the book is to successfully create a mindless male [[SexSlave sex slave]], or "zombie".

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-> ...Almost any one of them would be a suitable specimen for a ZOMBIE. Except: you would want a healthy young person, male. Of a certain height, weight and body build etc. You would want somebody with "fight" and "vigor" in him. And well hung.

Zombie is a horror novel by Joyce Carol Oates. Inspired by some aspects of the [[SerialKiller: Jeffrey Dahmer]] case, Zombie tells the story of Quentin P. A socially awkward, sexually depraved serial killer. His goal throughout the book is to successfully create a mindless male [[SexSlave sex slave]], or "zombie". \n He researches lobotomy at the library. He tries it out on a few unlucky men, but he botches it each time, killing them. He becomes determined to get it right when he spots a teenage boy he nicknames "Squirrel". He is sure he will make the perfect sex slave and spends several weeks stalking him, planning his capture and preparing his home for the boys arrival.


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*ArcWords: " A true ZOMBIE would be mine forever. He would obey every command and whim. Saying "Yes, Master" and "No, Master." He would kneel before me lifting his eyes to me saying, "I love you, Master. There is no one but you, Master." A ZOMBIE would pass no judgment. A ZOMBIE would say "God bless you, Master." He would say "You are good, Master. You are kind and merciful." He would say, "Fuck me in the ass, Master, until I bleed blue guts." "
*TheAlcoholic: Quentin.
*AbusiveParents: Quentin's dad. When his son was seventeen he found a "Body Builders" magazine among Quentin's things. He told his son it was "sick and disgusting" and forced Quentin to burn it.


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*CureYourGays: Quentin's dad attempted to stamp out his sons homosexuality as a teenager.
*CreepySouvenir: Quentin keeps items of his victims. Clothing, or other personal items that may have made them stand out to them. [[Spoiler: Notably, the elastic from Squirrel's hair since he had found the little ponytail he wore in the back cute.]]


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**At one point while watching Squirrel work at the restaurant he masturbates in the bathroom into a wad of toilet paper. He then leaves the toilet paper among his napkins at the table [[{{Squick}} turned on by the idea that Squirrel will unknowingly touch it.]]


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*DeathOfPersonality: Quentin experiments with altering his victims brains to render them entirely obedient and compliant. He describes his ideal zombie as having "dead eyes with nothing behind them".


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*EyesAlwaysAverted: Quentin hates eye contact. In social situations, it makes him uncomfortable. During sex he cannot maintain an erection if his partner makes eye contact with him.


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*GangOfBullies: When Quentin was in high school he was teased with the chant; "QUEER QUEER, QUINTIN'S QUEER".


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*{{Lobotomy}}:


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*NerdGlasses
*TheNicknamer: Quentin gives his victims his own names. (Even after finding out Squirrels real name, he decides it doesn't suite him as much.) Some of these include Bunnygloves, Raisineyes, Big Guy and Squirrel. (Always written in ALL CAPS.)

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