By Martha Reed
I’ve come upon something in my new novel that I think is worth sharing. When I got my manuscript back from the independent editor I hired, she suggested that I bring one of my secondary characters forward, more into the limelight. Honestly, I think I already knew that in the back of my mind, but having someone else say it made me focus on it and so that’s what I’ve been doing lately. And I have to say I love what is being revealed to me because my secondary character is suddenly a primary bad guy.
Now I’m not saying that all bad guys are men; there are some real doozy bad girls out there too; it’s just in this case my bad guy is male. But once I started thinking about other fictional characters who are bad (versus bad fictional characters), I decided to make a list of my Top Five Scary Characters of All Time:
Dr. Hannibal Lecter – Silence of the Lambs, Thom Harris, portrayed by Anthony Hopkins. Simply bad to the bone:
Niles and Holland Perry – The Other, Thomas Tryon. I read this one in junior high school. Thinking about it still gives me the shivers!
Mrs. Danvers - Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier.
Cold as the grave.
Baby Jane Hudson – Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? - Betty Davis.
Was it the pancake makeup? Or the beauty mark?
Rhoda Penmark – The Bad Seed – story written by Maxwell Anderson, play by William March.
I’m willing to bet it’s the perfect braids with this one!
Which brings me to my question:
Who is your scariest psychopath or villain? Male or female characters, please, and most of all, why?