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Eric Kyle

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Are 'cannibalistic' characters allowed in books?
Posted: Jul 15, 2017 10:11 PM
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I am in the rough draft of character creation and was considering writing about a character that is a cannibal, but the consumption of human flesh will not be present in any of my books.

Is this still not allowed? Or would I be okay with leaving this character in my story?
thrasherll

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Posted: Jul 15, 2017 10:45 PM   in response to: Eric Kyle in response to: Eric Kyle
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Eric Kyle wrote:
I am in the rough draft of character creation and was considering writing about a character that is a cannibal, but the consumption of human flesh will not be present in any of my books.

Is this still not allowed? Or would I be okay with leaving this character in my story?

Search the amazon bookstore for the word cannibal and see what comes up. I'm sure some of the titles use the word figuratively but I'm also sure some of them are about cannibals, especially post-apocalyptic stories. I've seen books about cannibalism in public libraries, some of them about desperate humans who are starving to death (remember the Donner Party?) and others who were cannibals by nature, or however a humanlike creature becomes a cannibal, and some were normal people who became cannibals due to insanity or something like it.

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William E. Smit...

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Posted: Jul 15, 2017 10:51 PM   in response to: Eric Kyle in response to: Eric Kyle
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Long as he shows proper knowledge of placement of eating utensils on each side of his plate of 'favas' during din-din time. :)
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Posted: Jul 16, 2017 12:06 AM   in response to: Eric Kyle in response to: Eric Kyle
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Silence Of the Lambs... Also, I would hope that you do describe in great detail how your character gnoshes down on human flesh, otherwise you wont be writing about a cannibal. You can't write a ghost story if the main ghost hasn't actually died yet. Don't worry about being P.C. when writing, it is an art form when making up stories so let the imagination flow.
All the best... Allan.
sloppydog

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Re: Are 'cannibalistic' characters allowed in books?
Posted: Jul 16, 2017 12:57 AM   in response to: Eric Kyle in response to: Eric Kyle
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As long as it isn't a cook book, I don't see a problem
Joe

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Posted: Jul 16, 2017 4:47 AM   in response to: sloppydog in response to: sloppydog
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sloppydog wrote:
As long as it isn't a cook book, I don't see a problem

Hey, that might sell well! Dibs.
L M Gabriel

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Posted: Jul 16, 2017 5:13 AM   in response to: sloppydog in response to: sloppydog
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Yes! Where is that like button? :)
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Posted: Jul 16, 2017 6:43 AM   in response to: Eric Kyle in response to: Eric Kyle
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Eric Kyle wrote:
I am in the rough draft of character creation and was considering writing about a character that is a cannibal, but the consumption of human flesh will not be present in any of my books.

Is this still not allowed? Or would I be okay with leaving this character in my story?


The third of my 21 ebooks has it revealed at the story's end that the main female character was a cannibal. Before that there were various mentions of a pot that had food cooking in it.
Eric Kyle

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Posted: Jul 16, 2017 6:33 PM   in response to: William D Jempt... in response to: William D Jempt...
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I might have to read, sounds interesting! Just wanted to be sure it was within the guidelines before publishing on Amazon.
Sephera Giron

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Posted: Jul 16, 2017 6:43 PM   in response to: Eric Kyle in response to: Eric Kyle
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I have some cannibal action in some of my books, after all I'm a horror writer!
Kelly Mollica

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Posted: Jul 20, 2017 11:35 AM   in response to: Eric Kyle in response to: Eric Kyle
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Go for it! I just published a paranormal romance book in Kindle that includes a whole "gang" of cannibals who hunt, kill, cook, and eat people. It's not the central story idea, nor do I describe the cannibalism in any graphic detail.
C. E.. Schermer

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Posted: Jul 20, 2017 11:45 AM   in response to: Eric Kyle in response to: Eric Kyle
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Soylent green is people!
Moshe Ben-Or

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Posted: Jul 20, 2017 1:58 PM   in response to: Eric Kyle in response to: Eric Kyle
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There is this thing called Freedom of the Press. If you have a good literary reason for your character to be a monster of any kind, you can delve as deep into his psyche as you desire, and get as explicit as you want. The only no-no on the Zon, as far as I know, is explicit erotica involving children, written as a standalone piece for the sake of erotica.

On the scale of human depravity, cannibalism is quite minor stuff. You don't have to go far. Just turn on the daily news.

Edited by: Moshe Ben-Or on Jul 20, 2017 2:52 PM
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Posted: Jul 20, 2017 6:35 PM   in response to: thrasherll in response to: thrasherll
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I've seen books about cannibalism in public libraries

Few places in which to practice cannibalism are more shocking than public libraries. I did not realize there were actually books about that.

<smile>
Dave Casey

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Re: Are 'cannibalistic' characters allowed in books?
Posted: Jul 20, 2017 8:09 PM   in response to: Eric Kyle in response to: Eric Kyle
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I should think that it wouldn't be a problem. I mean, isn't being a cannibal one of the characteristics of a zombie? How many zombie books are published each year?
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