"It’s about people on the fringes, on the edges of humanity and society. I have an interest in serial killers, child molesters and wife beaters…not in what they did but in the psychology of why, what caused them to become unhinged and twisted? Why are they unable to empathize? It’s [In Absentia] sort of a metaphor - there’s something missing, a black hole, a cancer in their soul. It’s an absence in the soul."
- Steven Wilson