At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements ;)
One day I was perusing the onscreen guide on TV, and the blurb for this movie stood out:
Three teens blackmail a serial killer into helping them deal with a violent bully.(The movie: Acolytes.)
I didn't turn on the movie. It's not my sort of thing. But it's a fascinating premise...
What if you suspected your neighbor was a serial killer, but you had no way to prove it? How would you make sure you weren't his next victim?