“I met him, fifteen years ago; I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no conscience,
no understanding; and even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face,
and the blackest eyes... the devil's eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized that what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply... evil. ”

– Dr. Sam Loomis, Halloween (1978)

Psychic Slashers & Serial Killers


In October of 2013, Palladium Books artist Kent Burles illustrated several modern day murderers and serial killers with a twist as part of his ongoing "Character a Day" challenge during the Halloween season.

I loved them all so much that I asked Kent for permission to write up background stories, create characters sheets and then let them visit the House of BTS as special guests where they can stalk and hunt down all the victims they can find. Kent graciously gave me his blessing with the understanding that his beloved killers will only stay at the House during the Halloween season.

Well, the Halloween season has returned; and with it... so have Kent's Psychic Slashers & Serial Killers! To add the killers to your collection, click on the images of each slasher to download their PDF.

Check this page every so often as all of of Kent's killer masterpieces will be featured throughout the month. A few new guests (and some unexpected ones) might show up as well, so always be on the look out... your life may depend on it.

Wacker illustration by Kent Burles

Wacker

“Smith” is the only name he knows. It’s what his daddy called him. Smith grew up in an old house that sits adjacent to a long since closed machine shop in the back woods by a small town that’s long since forgotten about it. Smith was born simple minded and was raised by an ex-military, paranoid man who probably wasn't the most stable minded either.

Smith does what he was raised to do; protect the property with his dying breath, which includes several acres of the dense woods surrounding his home, the old machine shop, and a growing scrap yard full of useful building materials.

The few people that's survived trespassed on Smith's property now tell the tale of a killer in the woods they've dubbed “The Wacker”. Like many urban legends, his tales are getting taller and more diverse. But the one constant is that “he’s a crazy man with a giant weedwhacker that he uses to cut people to pieces with”.

You can usually find Wacker out in the backyard of the House, whacking down the tall grass, the weeds, the house guests and the staff. I invited him to stay as a special guest and to relax and enjoy himself, but when you love what you do...

Illustration of Chopper by Kent Burles

Chopper

Dexter Olivas was born into a family of loggers that proudly goes back generations. But being the runt of the litter with brains, Dexter wasn't meant for this lifestyle. Regardless, after serving in the military and going to school Dexter found work as a logging machinery engineer and mechanic back home.

However, his foreman, upper management and logging crew were speedy, cost cutting and reckless and a careless accident crippled, disfigured and nearly killed Dexter. The foreman and loggers panicked and fled the scene, leaving him for dead. But Dexter, even with his crushed legs and jaw being completely torn off had managed to survive. When the crew returned the next morning, Dexter was gone.

The accident left Dexter scarred both mentally and physically. His miraculous but excruciatingly painful survival, his talent for adapting, and his suddenly budding Psi-Mechanic abilities after the accident gave him all the tools and motivation needed to survive and now he seeks revenge on everyone who disfigured and left him for dead.

Dexter can always be found in the woods behind the House of BTS, removing unsightly flora and fauna, setting traps for the house guests who hike along the trials, and cutting down trees as well as people. Sometimes he offers a friendly hand by maintaining the furnace and all other household machinery, which is fortunate as I can never seem to keep maintenance workers around for long.

Man Eater illustration by Kent Burles

Man Eater

Pearl is a case study of a sensitive woman scorned by men of power all of her life, mixed with a dramatic and passionate dose of rebellion and the compassionate nature of a caregiver being taken advantage of. Now imagine all of that in a fragile mind and you have all of the ingredients needed for a man killer.

Pearl has a very warped view of the world, seeing men as the end all of everything who can do nothing right, while on the other hand seeing herself as an avenger of every scorned woman who will defend and protect women to a chauvinistic degree.

She sees herself as a strong woman in a world full of weak ones, and only she can protect them from the men of the world. The more rich and powerful they are, they more dangerous they are and must be dealt with. Of course it’s not enough for Pearl to simply kill them; they need to suffer, to feel some inkling of the pain and torment they've inflicted on women (whether they truly have or not).


“Man Eater” can usually be found somewhere in the house, adding a much needed woman's touch in various places (as well as various body parts and organs). She's also in charge of throwing a rave in the ballroom on Halloween; it promises to be quite a show.