This book is about serial killers. If it’s not obvious to you by now that you’re getting into some objectionable content, I’d strongly suggest turning back.
You can have only two reasons for proceeding beyond this point. One, you don’t have any triggers, but are a morbidly curious individual who is dying to know what the author could have written to necessitate such a long trigger warning. If this describes you, please stop reading now. Continuing will spoil the book. Don’t do that to yourself.
Two, you’re definitely morbidly curious, but you do have some triggers, and need to know exactly what you’re getting into before you start reading. That is why this warning starts with a comprehensive list of triggers NOT included in the book, so you can stop reading in order to avoid spoilers. Triggers not included are: abortion, child harm, explicit sex, forced marriage, homophobia, incest, kidnapping, masturbation, misgendering, pregnancy-related issues, self-harm, suicide or suicide ideation, and transphobia.
Please stop here if your trigger has been detailed above, as the rest will contain major spoilers.
Super Serial is about the glorification of serial killers in the media. It contains gratuitous violence and discussions about serial killers and their methods of killing. Many of the details in this story are inspired by real people and events. If you find depictions of and discussions about blood and described blood, burns or burned flesh, decapitation, desecration of bodies, dismemberment, execution, gore, graphic death, horrific crimes, murder, mutilation, scarring, suffocation, torture, and violence triggering, please do not proceed.
The main character of this story, Ziggy, has body image issues and criticizes himself for his weight and appearance, indicating internalized fat-phobia. This criticism may include, but is not limited to, weight-stigma, body shaming, discrimination, and negative attitudes toward overweight people. Many villainous characters make fatphobic and insulting comments about Ziggy’s appearance and weight. There are also depictions of the physical limitations Ziggy experiences from obesity. Some people may feel stigmatized or stereotyped by these discussions. This depiction is a reflection of the author’s personal experience and exists within the character to provide a glimpse into this internal struggle. However, if you find fat-phobia triggering, this material will not be a good fit for you.
As part of his journey, Ziggy also struggles with grief and loss as a result of a spouse dying at the hands of a serial killer. This grief includes secondary themes of anxiety, depression, hopelessness, loss, trauma, and difficulty adjusting to life without a spouse or partner. People who have lost their spouses or are grieving may find these topics distressing. Understanding grief and grief acceptance are major themes in the book. If you find this topic triggering, please prioritize your mental health and proceed with caution.
A secondary character in the story, Floyd, is neuro-divergent. This character is based on the author’s personal experience with neuro-divergence and autism. Topics discussed in reference to this character may include, but are not limited to, sensory difficulties and overload, communication difficulties, social challenges, and repetitive behaviors. Although Floyd’s character is based on a real person with autism, some individuals may still find these discussions perpetuate stigmatizing or harmful stereotypes about autism and neuro-divergence. A villain in one scene insults Floyd with ableist language that might be offensive to the neuro-divergent. Additionally, Floyd’s sensory processing difficulties and communication style frustrate characters in different parts of the story.
One of the serial killers in this story is a member of a radicalized INCEL hate group. This killer makes horrific comments that demean, objectify, and demoralize women. This includes several conversations about rape, harassment, and sexual assault. Although this character’s actions and comments are inspired by real events, they are disturbing, triggering, and upsetting, especially for those who have experienced sexual assault and harassment themselves or know someone who has. Please do not continue if these discussions trigger you.
Super Serial contains a chapter that depicts a labor auction where human beings are sold to corporations. This labor auction includes impoverished persons, criminals, and older adults. Additional topics discussed include forced labor, physical and emotional abuse, and systematic oppression. Some historically marginalized or oppressed individuals may find this depiction particularly distressing.
One of the serial killer characters is a devout Christian woman. Topics included in this discussion may include religious beliefs, practices, and traditions associated with Christianity. Some individuals may find these depictions upsetting, especially if they have experienced trauma or abuse within a Christian context, or if they have any personal or cultural history that conflicts with the content presented. Please proceed with caution.
The serial killers described in this book experience antisocial behaviors, delusions, disordered thinking, erratic and reckless behavior, hallucinations, manic episodes, mood swings and many more potentially triggering behaviors. Some readers may feel stigmatized or discriminated against while reading these descriptions, even though they are not directly associated with any particular disorder or illness. Please do not proceed if you feel these descriptions, or any other listed above, may compromise your mental health or wellness.