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The Outsider: El Coco Explained

Tony Sokol Feb 5, 2020

The child killer on The Outsider has infected our dreams for centuries. We take an in-depth look at the real life inspiration for El Coco.

If the mystery at the center core of HBO’s The Outsider is keeping you up at night, there's a good reason. It may be a part of our collective subconscious.

The series is based on the book The Outsider by Stephen King. The scripts are written by Richard Price, who wrote HBO's The Night Of and The Deuce, as well as novels like The Wanderers, Clockers, and Ladies Man. King is the long-reigning master of the macabre, while Price keeps things real and captures the mundane details which make the distant mystery personal. The two literary legends combined create what could be a perfect, leisurely paced, episode of The X-Files. That cult classic series featured such monsters-of-the-week as Bigfoot, the Jersey Devil,

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