"THE DEVIL'S CINEMA: THE UNTOLD STORY BEHIND MARK TWITCHELL’S KILL ROOM is a well-written and researched exploration of a very dark side of a young would-be filmmaker who is perhaps a tad over-influenced in his life and actions by the fictional TV character, serial killer Dexter Morgan. The horrific crimes and the trial of Edmontonian Mark Twitchell is deftly presented by Steve Lillebuen in a book that is a well-paced, hard to put down, real-life thriller."
-Arthur Ellis Prize, jury citation
"A compelling and frightening account. . . . Lillebuen takes readers deep inside the mind of this creative pathological liar who blurred the lines between fantasy and reality. The author creates a fascinating and detailed narrative, from the killer's and victim's early lives to the dramatic and bizarre courtroom trial. With its ties to online communities, dating sites, pop culture and modern filmmaking, The Devil's Cinema is a terrifying and intriguing account of murder in the digital age."
-Winnipeg Free Press
"Lillebuen excels at weaving detail into the larger picture in pursuing his larger goal – understanding the man who committed murder."
-St. Albert Gazette
"Lillebuen . . . should be proud of his work. The book is being heralded – including by police – as fair, factual and careful not to re-victimize. It’s not a piece of tabloid journalism, or an opinion . . . but an attempt to carefully tell an Edmonton story involving psychopathy and the increasingly easy-to-smudge lines between invented and real in the Internet age."
“A most excellent book. … extraordinary … chilling. A good read.”
-John Silvester, Underbelly series co-author
"It is the insight into the killer's personality, the perspective of the victim's friends, and the unfolding of the police investigation and court case that makes this read more than simply true crime reportage. … The skill of the author makes it hard to put down."
-Newcastle Herald (Australia)
"Truth really can be stranger than fiction -- and more fascinating too."
-The Daily Telegraph (Australia)