In honor of Halloween, the spookiest day of the year, we’re sharing 10 scary literary characters to freak us out while we were reading. We don’t tend to read horror books, but Sandie did have a Stephen King phase in middle school. Which are your favorite frightening villains, creatures and characters?
1. Voldemort, “Harry Potter” series by J.K. Rowling – He is known as, “He Who Must Not be Named,” “You Know Who,” “The Dark Lord,” Tom Riddle and of course, Voldemort. It doesn’t matter what name you use, he is certianly one of the scariest villians in literature. Voldemort Quote: “How touching…” it hissed. “I always value bravery… yes, boy, your parents were brave… I killed your father first, and he put up a courageous fight… but your mother needn’t have died… she was trying to protect you… Now give me the stone, unless you want her to have died in vain.”
2. Dementors, “Harry Potter” series by J.K. Rowling – Dementors were first described to Harry this way, “Dementors are among the foulest creatures that walk this earth. They infest the darkest, filthiest places, they glory in decay and despair, they drain peace, hope, and happiness out of the air around them… Get too near a Dementor and every good feeling, every happy memory will be sucked out of you. If it can, the Dementor will feed on you long enough to reduce you to something like itself…soulless and evil. You will be left with nothing but the worst experiences of your life.”
3. Sauron, “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien – Sauron, the eponymous Lord of the Rings, was the Dark Lord of Mordor, the creator of the One Ring, whom the Fellowship of the Ring sought to defeat by destroying the One Ring. Saruman explains to Gandalf, “Concealed within his fortress, the lord of Mordor sees all. His gaze pierces cloud, shadow, earth, and flesh. You know of what I speak, Gandalf: a great Eye, lidless, wreathed in flame.”
4. Nazgul or Ringwraiths, “The Lord of the Rings”
by J.R.R. Tolkien – The Nazgul or Ringwraiths were Nine Kings of Men who took rings Nine Rings of Power from Sauron without question and subsequently, after the forging of the One Ring, became slaves of Sauron and later his chief lieutenants. After centuries, the effect of the rings left the kings spectral, invisible to all but Sauron and whoever wore the One Ring. Gandalf explains to Frodo about the Nazgul,”Nine he gave to Mortal Men, proud and great, and so ensnared them. Long ago they fell under the domination of the One, and they became Ringwraiths, shadows under his great Shadow, his most terrible servants.”
5. President Coriolanus Snow, “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins – Coriolanus Snow is the tyrannical President of Panem. Although carrying the title of President, it is unknown if he was elected to the position democratically. Snow possesses total power and is a cruel and manipulative dictator, ruling over the Capitol and its districts.
“Seneca, why do you think we have a winner?,” Snow asks while cutting a white rose.
“What do you mean?,” Seneca asks. “I mean, why do we have a winner?,” Snow repeats, before pausing. “Hope.”
“Hope?,” Seneca replies slightly bewildered.
“Hope, it is the only thing stronger than fear. A little hope is effective, a lot of hope is
dangerous,” Snow declares.“Spark is fine, as long as it’s contained. So, contain it,” Snow warns.
6. Randall Flagg, “The Stand” by Stephen King – Books have their messianic characters and their antichrist characters, and Randall Flagg is firmly the latter. I read “The Stand” when I was 14 and visiting my relatives in South America. I remember being ridiculously freaked out about the The Dark Man.
7. Mayor Prentiss, the “Chaos Walking” series by Patrick Ness – Like President Snow, some leaders are so chillingly ruthless to keep their power, make their dreams a reality that they’re ready and willing to sacrifice anyone or anything to stay in control. Prentiss would kill his only son if it meant getting what (or who, in Todd’s case) he wants.
8. The Magister, the “Infernal Devices” books by Cassandra Clare – What a creepy character. He certainly wanted to rape/manipulate/use Tessa, and he just wouldn’t stop. Unlike Valentine from “The Mortal Instruments” (who at least used to be a visionary Shadowhunter leader) there’s nothing redeeming about the Magister.
9. King Leck, “Graceling” by Kristin Cashore – I have yet to read “Bitterblue,” but Leck is one deceitful and evil monarch. What kind of despicable man does what he does to his wife, his people?
10. The Killer, “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn – Can’t say much about this without it being a spoiler, so I’ll just say that the killer in this book is one freaky and unforgettable psychopath! <<Shivers>>