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Moving day


The Coaterack had moved here. If you would like to see older posts (Jan.-early Oct.), please browse this site.  If you are looking for more recent posts, please follow this link. Advertisements

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Villains list final countdown


5. Hannibal Lecter: We meet Dr. Lecter in the pages of Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon (G.P. Putnams, Dell, 1981).  If his first name isn’t a giveaway, let me assure you that Lecter is all kinds of bad.  Before being captured … Continue reading

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Villains list nears end


Continuing the Top 50 villains in literature we have arrived at number 10.  Annie Wilkes: The obsessed fan from Stephen King‘s Misery (Viking, 1987), Ms. Wilkes is any celebrity’s nightmare.  She personifies adulation that steps over every moral and social … Continue reading

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A little musical inspiration


I like to listen to this when in need of inspiration.

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More villainous villains from fiction


15.  Sweeney Todd: Also known as the Barber of Seville, the lunacy of Sweeney Todd was first brought to us in the pages of a penny dreadful titled The String of Pearls (1846).  A lunatic barber who killed his customers … Continue reading

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From Shadows & Nightmares


Finally had a chance to finish reading the anthology, and I have to say, I enjoyed every story within its pages, something that doesn’t normally happen.  When I pick up an anthology, usually there’s one or two stories that just … Continue reading

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More baddies from fiction


20. Keller: John Paul Keller is a contract killer who first appeared in Lawrence Block’s short story “Soldier, ” returning in four books: Hit Man (William Morrow, 1998), Hit List (William Morrow, 2000), Hit Parade (William Morrow, 2006) and Hit and Run … Continue reading

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From Shadows & Nightmares anthology available now


Received the anthology earlier this week in which my short story “Fetch” appears and haven’t had a chance to read it fully yet, but will add a more detailed post once I have done so. I’m currently part way through … Continue reading

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More memorable villains in literature


25.  Dr. Fu Manchu: The evil genius from the Sax Rohmer novels bent on world domination was oddly enough, averse to the use of guns.  With an intellect that rivaled that of Moriarty, the nemesis of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Fu … Continue reading

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Literary characters who put the ill in villain


30.  Prince John: According to the Robin Hood mythos, Prince John kept the masses in line with egregious taxes and a crooked rule while King Richard fought in the Holy Wars in distant lands.  A shining example of how power … Continue reading

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