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This post is dedicated to my favorite book villains/antagonists. Counting down from ten…
TEN. Tom Buchanan
In The Great Gatsby, Tom Buchanan is described by his own wife, Daisy, as “a brute of a man”. He is a cheater. He is a racist. He is a bully. He is a jealous and single-minded man. Basically, Tom is everything our parents told us not to be when we were kids.
NINE. Lyon Burke
Lyon is not necessarily a villain, but he definitely qualifies as a creep in the classic book The Valley of the Dolls. He is a smooth talker. A sleazeball. A philanderer.
EIGHT. Grima (Wormtongue)
This minion of Saruman whispers with hissnake-like lies into the ear of once good and mighty king. Wormtongue is a total creep from his physical description to his actions. Much like Jafar in Aladdin, Grima is a chief advisor who should not be trusted. Good thing a part of The Fellowship came across him and ridded King Theoden of his presence in The Two Towers.
SEVEN. The White Witch
Wicked and tricky. This character from The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe is evil to her core, not even a hint of goodness in her. Merciless, cruel, and power-hungry, she relies on hatred and fear. Too bad nobody tried dropping a house on this witch.
SIX. Hannibal Lecter
From the Hannibal series written by Thomas Harris and brought to life on the big screen by Sir Anthony Hopkins, this character is undeniably creepy. Though I maintain that Hannibal is largely misunderstood, I whole heartedly agree he is still a creep. (I read the books in chronological order, not the order they were written. It changes your perspective.)
FIVE. President Snow
Of the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins (and perfectly portrayed by Donald Sutherland), President Snow is a powerful creep. I’m sorry, but I think one described as having snake -like eyes and that smells of roses and blood totally deserves a spot on a list of creeps. Add in the fact that he is a cruel, manipulative, and ruthless leader and he makes it into the top five on the list.
FOUR. Norman Bates
Norman is, well not to go for the obvious, Psycho. Norman has an unhealthy relationship with his mother – to say the least.
Dedicated to the Dart Arts, world domination and a pureblood society…Am I the only one who thinks boiled down Voldemort sounds a bit like Adolf Hitler? I think he qualifies to be on the creep list because of his deeds, and in the books, he is described as having red eyes and snake-like slits for nostrils. Need further proof he belongs here? He has no problem with breaking his soul into parts to hide it…Though he makes a timeless and chronic foe to Harry Potter.
TWO. Ramsey Bolton
If you watched Game of Thrones and Ramsey Snow/Bolton gave you the creeps, that is because in the books he is even worse. (Hard to imagine, I know.) Obviously, it has to do with his upbringing, (and the example set forth by his father – who is no warm and fuzzy saint either), but there is more to Ramsey Bolton, he is as they used to say in the olden days a “bad seed”. A rotten apple. Despicable. Cruel. Twisted and downright evil. He makes for a perfectly loathsome villain though.
ONE. Joe Goldberg
Joe, from You and Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes, is a total creep if ever there was one. He’s a creepy creep. A stalker and a murderer – though he does it all in the name of love. Penn Badgley portrays Joe’s creepiness flawlessly in the Netflix series adaptation of the books.
4 Book Recommendations for a Spooky Autumnal Read:
“Psycho” by Robert Bloch
This one was made famous by Alfred Hitchcock when he made it into a movie in 1960. The film featured Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh. It has been remade and other movies and TV shows (Bates Motel) have been spun off of it, however the initial spark for the creepiness that is Norman Bates and his mother lies between the covers of Robert Bloch’s original story.
“The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson
Looking for a gripping story of the supernatural this season? Look no farther…Even the great horror writers of this century have said The Haunting of Hill House is:
“[One of] the only two great novels of the supernatural in the last hundred years.” —Stephen King
“It scared me as a teenager and it haunts me still.” – Neil Gaiman
“The scariest book I’ve ever read.” —Carmen Maria Machado
“Carrie” by Stephen King
This one has also been adapted to the big screen (twice), originally in 1976 and starring Sissy Spacek and John Travolta. The original work (book) is a short book compared to Stephen King’s other horror stories. I great read for the Halloween season.
“If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer” originally written by OJ Simpson (True Crime)
This one is a strange case: in 2007 a Federal Court Judge awarded the Goldman family the rights to If I Did It, which started one of the strangest odysseys in publishing history. The Goldman family views the book as Simpson’s confession and has worked hard to ensure that the public will read this book and learn the truth. This is O.J. Simpson’s original manuscript, approved by him.
What is your favorite Horror/Ghost/True Crime book? Tell me in the comments.