My Friend Dahmer
You only think you know this story. In 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer — the most notorious serial killer since Jack the Ripper — seared himself into the American consciousness. To the public, Dahmer was a monster who committed unthinkable atrocities. To Derf Backderf, “Jeff” was a much more complex figure: a high school friend with whom he had shared classrooms, hallways, and car rides.

In My Friend Dahmer, a haunting and original graphic novel, writer-artist Backderf creates a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a disturbed young man struggling against the morbid urges emanating from the deep recesses of his psyche — a shy kid, a teenage alcoholic, and a goofball who never quite fit in with his classmates. With profound insight, what emerges is a Jeffrey Dahmer that few ever really knew, and one readers will never forget.

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  • Fabian
    Oct 25, 2016


    Gush! Times a thousand...!THIS IS THE BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL I'VE READ ALL MY LIFE...* !!!!There. This is a profound, one of those once-in-a-life, lightning-in-a-bottle-type experience... This dude is master chronicle (auto)biographer, expert story-teller, and amazing cartoonist all in one...

  • Portal in the Pages
    Oct 8, 2016

    Portal in the Pages

    In-freaking-credible. ...

  • Paul Bryant
    Sep 24, 2016

    Paul Bryant

    I had thought all you needed to know about Jeffrey Dahmer was in1) The Shrine of Jeffrey Dahmer by Brian Masters2) A Father’s Story by Lionel Dahmer3) The Stone Phillips interview with Mr and Mrs Dahmer and Jeffrey available on youtubeBut now comes this peculiar addition, a graphi...

  • Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)
    Sep 19, 2016

    Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)

    I'm wary. "Sympathetic portrayal of a disturbed young man" has me very wary. He murdered, raped and dismembered SEVENTEEN boys, most - if not all - of whom were black. I don't want a sympathetic portrayal of a white monster. We get enough of that in the media. But I'd be lying if I sai...

  • Shaun
    Aug 14, 2016


    Written by Derf Backderf, My Friend Dahmer is a graphic novel which tells the story of an awkward and isolated teen who is secretly dealing with his homosexuality and violent, perverse fantasies. I bought this to read in conjunction with A Father's Story, Lionel Dahmer's (Jeff Dahmer's...

  • Kristen
    Apr 18, 2016


    An incredibly chilling look into very important developmental years in a severely demented murder. I'm glad to have read it in the afternoon and not at night, which would probably mean I'd just not sleep.My one qualm with this is during the epilogue. Backderf makes sure to state, multi...

  • Licha
    Apr 1, 2016


    I debated between one star and two, but in the end the GR description of one-star won. I did not like this book. It felt exploitative.Although the author mentions he researched the case of Dahmer, this book focuses on Dahmer's teenage years in high school. I'll explain why I felt like ...

  • Jan Philipzig
    Jan 29, 2016

    Jan Philipzig

    Intimate, nuanced, complex, dark, grotesque, sordid, disturbing, horrifying, haunting: an instant true-crime classic that brings to mind the psychological insight of Alison Bechdel's Fun Home, the restrained depravity of Rick Geary's Victorian murder documentaries, and the subversive c...

  • Dylan Horrocks
    Dec 9, 2015

    Dylan Horrocks

    There's a lot more going on with this book than it at first appears. On the face of it, My Friend Dahmer is a pretty straightforward account of Derf's high school friendship with Jeffrey Dahmer, and of what Derf has subsequently learned about Dahmer's private life during those years - ...

  • Hannah  Messler
    Oct 18, 2015

    Hannah Messler

    Yikes, this book is super good. I saw this over the summer for the first time, on a table at Bergen Street, I think. It held zero interest for me, with its Mad-style art, and its premise of (I assumed) sensationalist cashing-in on Having Known Someone We've Heard Of. And then I kept se...