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Laurie Stevens Lets Her Villain Speak

Laurie Stevens is the author of the Gabriel McRay series of psychological thrillers. You can find out more about her here and on her website, see her books here, and read her last post here.

From the laptop of Victor Archwood.

Victor Archwood

I hope you don’t mind I’ve taken the literary mic away from Laurie Stevens (she talks too much anyhow, don’t you think?). I’m Victor Archwood, someone Laurie has labeled a “villain” in her books. You may think that offends me, but I’ve learned to rise above the petty judgments of people. That’s a good thing, isn’t it? To rise above? Certainly not “villainous” in my book. We shouldn’t place people in categories. One should take the time to know someone before they pass judgment, right? So, I thought I’d take the opportunity to let you see my deeper side. Don’t worry about Laurie, she’s fine locked in the closet.

I grew up in San Francisco not far from the Sutro Bath ruins and caves. I used to play there and escape my terrible parents. My mother is still close to me but I fantasize about throwing her off a high cliff every few minutes. My father was drunk and abusive, but knowing what I know about my mom, I figure he had no other choice but to act out.

The Mask of Midnght by Laurie Stevens

And then there’s Detective Gabriel McRay. Do you know he babysat me when I was a kid? Yeah, he was a teenaged mental wreck who babysat me and then beat me up for no reason. Can you blame me for hating him? How someone can view him as “the good guy,” I have no idea. He’s the real villain, if you ask me. I worshiped Gabriel back in the day but now I despise him. Laurie chronicled my revenge against him in a book called “The Mask of Midnight.”

Do you sympathize with me yet? You should. At the very least, you should understand where I’m coming from.  Not yet? Okay, let’s explore me a little further.

Oh, wait. You’re too busy? You’ve got to run? Can’t stop to think about someone else for a change, huh? How typical. That’s the problem with this world. It’s filled with selfish SOBs who don’t give a damn about anyone else. Thanks for contributing to the problem, you worthless piece of human trash.

Wanna know how I handle jerks like you? I remember how easily I can end your life. How’s that for rising above? Well, I’ve enjoyed our little talk, sort of. Frankly, I find you excruciatingly boring, but don’t fret; most people bore me to tears. I suppose I’ll let Laurie out of the closet now. She deserves to deal with you. Feel free to let your maladjusted alter-egos comment. Just understand that while Laurie might read the comments, I won’t.

Laurie Stevens

Laurie Stevens is the author of the Gabriel McRay thriller series. Laurie lives in the setting of her books, the hills outside of Los Angeles with her husband, two snakes, and a cat. You can find out more about her on her website,, or follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram

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  1. Anne Louise Bannon
    Anne Louise Bannon

    I find it very useful to get into the head of my bad guy. Don’t always want to be there. Got a bad guy right now who is particularly repulsive to me that I really don’t get. But I do need to spend some time in his head.

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    Avanti Centrae

    Although he’s handsome and I can empathize with his upbringing, I wouldn’t want to meet this guy! Yikes!

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      Laurie's Story

      He’s supposed to look like an angel and act like a devil

  3. Sheila Lowe
    Sheila Lowe

    Oh, my! That is a pretty terrifying peek into the mind of a sociopath. I hope he let you out of the closet undamaged, Laurie.

  4. Margaret Mizushima
    Margaret Mizushima

    Deeper and darker side. Wouldn’t want to meet this guy except in one of your books!

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      Laurie's Story

      Yeah, I sometimes wonder where this kind of character development comes from…

      1. Tracey Phillips
        Tracey Phillips

        Isn’t that the question for all mystery writers? Why do we feel the need to kill–if only on paper?

  5. Sherrill Joseph
    Sherrill Joseph

    That’s one scary dude! Having just read In Twilight’s Hush, I was wondering about Victor Archwood’s background. Now, I know. Whoa!

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    Donna Rewolinski

    Love the fact that you’re sociopath could smile at a person and moments later find a way to kill them.

  7. Laurie Buchanan
    Laurie Buchanan

    Laurie — Having read all of the books in the Gabriel McRay series so far, this post is SPOT ON and showcases the reason(s) why I love to hate Victor Archwood.

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      Laurie's Story

      And as I’ve read in your books, you have an understanding of the devious mind!:)

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    Jacqueline Vick

    Sounds like you have some complex (and scary) characters. Very intriguing post, Laurie.

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    Laurie's Story

    Thanks, Jacqueline. I hoped some of the arch-criminals in my fellow author’s books might comment back!

  10. Tracey Phillips
    Tracey Phillips

    This is for Victor. My name is Caryn Klein. I can totally relate to your sad, sorry upbringing. Whiner. Deal with it. Do something about it. And by the way, While I’m hunting Morgan Jewell for making my life a living -you know- I hope you catch your man.

    By the way, great post!

  11. joyribar

    What a dashing villain, if I may say so. I can see why Victor is able to charm people and make them feel empathy or something for him. Way to create a nasty character with a full background. Nice job!

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    Great post, Laurie! I always tell my students that bad guys never think they’re bad. They just have a different agenda than the hero and Victor sounds perfect.

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