Would you pay $1200 to be kidnapped, for kicks? Some folks will, apparently — and “adventure” companies are happy to take their money and grab them off the street.
That’s what gave me the idea for The Nightmare Thief, as I tell Crime Time magazine:
Last year I read about a company that sells “designer thrills” to adrenaline junkies. For €900, Ultime Reality will kidnap you. For a few thousand euros more, they’ll take you on a helicopter chase or let you spend a night in a morgue. They’re even willing to bury you alive.
My jaw dropped. Apparently, people who have everything now want custom psychodramas and the sensation of facing their worst nightmare.
I wondered who would buy a tailor-made disaster. Are people so numb that skydiving and swimming with sharks can’t excite them? Has modern life made us so desperate for thrills that we’ll pay to be terrorised and victimised?
It sounded bizarre. Stupid. And, let’s face it: exciting.
Read the rest: The Nightmare Thief and Designer Thrills.