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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.

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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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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 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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Villainous characters


The list of villains in literature continues. If you’ve missed the rest of the list, check previous posts. 35. Tom Ripley: A killer who feels no remorse whatsoever, Ripley is the antihero from Patricia Highsmith’s novels about the man, beginning … Continue reading

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More literary villains


And the list of well written, memorable villains in literature continues: 40. Edgler Vess: The worst kind of psychopath, the kind with authority, we’re introduced to Mr. Vess in the pages of Dean Koontz’s thriller Intensity (1995, Bantam Books).  Vess … Continue reading

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Literary villains


Continuing the list of good villains in literature: 45. Hal 9000: Can a computer get much more sinister? The onboard sentient computer from Arthur C. Clarke‘s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, New American Library) tried to kill every last member … Continue reading

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