Tag Archives: Villains

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

Posted in author, Authors, Crime, fiction, Reading, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in author, Authors, Crime, fiction, horror, Reading, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Authors, fiction, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Authors, Crime, fantasy, science fiction, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in author, Authors, fantasy, fiction, Reading, science fiction, speculative fiction, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Authors, fiction, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Authors, Reading, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Authors, fiction, Reading, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Good villains in literature


Villains. The characters we love to hate and hate to love. A good fictional villain is not just some evil person, though there are definitely some excellent exceptions. The best villains in fiction are complex characters – sometimes they even … Continue reading

Posted in Authors, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment