Category: Satirical Fiction
Published: April 5, 2019
Language: Australian English
Tags: business crime, ghost fiction
I have experienced how demoralising psychopaths and other arseholes can be. I couldn’t fathom how they could be so successful, as described in “Do Psychopaths Run the World?” I wrote from a psychopath’s perspective to get into their minds and explored business barracudas, for which the state I live in, is well known. It was hard to write from the perspective of someone I loathed, but I hope I made it funny enough for it to be an enjoyable read.
What I found to protect myself from arseholes, I call cheeky irreverence. Arseholes hate to be mocked, but you need to mock them with happiness, interest, and consideration. Being angry at an arsehole is as foolish as punching a tar baby.
This is my second book, although I started writing this many years before I thought about writing Poppy. I wrote about it because I could not find things to read that helped me deal with psychopaths. When I started to write a story on this theme, I realised why. A psychopath will Knock the stuffing out of you one small piece at a time and they rarely lash out. In fact, it is often their victims that act-out. Having the will to live incrementally removed from a victim does not make an appealing story. It is also hard to explain how someone, still being hostile twelve months after an event, is bullying, when being angry, a week after the event could be because they were hurt.
The psychopath that inspired my writing, had eight managers resign in six months and she was only the director of five. I too finally quit and moved on to try to repair my shattered psyche. Writing this book helped
The work of fiction
Sir Martin is a rich and ruthless Perth entrepreneur, who dies while celebrating with his admiring friends after making a load of money from a takeover bid. His opinions are so self-absorbed, only avid supporters of George Pell, Donald Trump, and bolas spiders are likely to agree with him.
He has a heart attack. After Death dismisses him, he gets caught between the living world, where he can only exist in people’s thoughts of him and the void, which he describes as vast, empty and populated with apparitions and reject ghosts. This forces him to face a different view of the world.
He’s shocked to find that thoughts of him are rare amongst the admiring friends. He ends up in the thoughts of people who didn’t praise him much when he was alive.
In his will, he gave a brewery to his girlfriend, Cleo. This brewery is where he had hidden the paper trails that documented his shady deals, which he calls Bolas Buys.
As artful as an orb-weaving spider, Cleo puts the people at the Brewery in their place, which, as Sir Martin planned, is effective in keeping the sharks that are circling his family’s wealth at bay.
Despite this success, his daughter, who is called Boadie, after Boudicca, joins with people in the Brewery
To stop their misplaced idealism putting his fortune at risk, Sir Martin dangles his opinions into people’s consciousness, as if he is a bolas spider.
In the end, his affection for Boadie and his determination to look after her, shows he is not as ruthless as he makes out … But close.