MICHAEL Robotham can't remember how many people he has killed in his career.
He admits he has a taste for murder.
And let's face it, he said, everyone is capable of evil.
The renowned crime author will be "digging up the bodies" this weekend with fellow writers Garry Disher and Angela Savage at a session at the Bendigo Writer's Festival.
He will also launch his tenth novel Life or Death, which answers the question - why would someone escape from jail the day before he's due to be released?
It's a project he has been working on for 20 years.
"We will be talking about why crime dominates not only the bookshelves but the screen too," the former journalist and ghostwriter said.
"I think the fascination comes because we are all capable of murder in the right circumstances - we all have that dark side."
The Toughest Genre session will be held from 3.45pm to 4.45pm on Saturday at The Capital.
They will also announce the shortlist of this year's Ned Kelly prize.
He will launch and discuss his book Life and Death at noon on Sunday at The Hub, adjacent to The Capital.